BUENA VISTA, Va. Based on on-line voting, and votes form the Southern Virginia athletic staff, Logan Mann and Brian Pendleton have been voted Co-Coaches of the Year for the Knight Awards. The duo led their teams to three USCAA National Tournament appearances, and had a team ranked in the top three of the USCAA during the season. Both teams amassed 6-AllAmerican team members. The coaches had winning seasons for all of the teams that they coached.
Mann took over a baseball team that had floundered a year previous, and led them to the best record in program history. The team held an early hold on the #1 ranking in the USCAA before eventually finishing the season as the #3 team. The record of 21-19 helped the Knights to a #3 overall seed at the national tournament. The Knights made an appearance at the tournament for the first time since 2005. Mann inherited a team with only three returning starters from last years team, and helped them to it's best start overall since the program started in 2000.
Pendleton pulled double duty as the coach of both the volleyball team, and the men's basketball team. Pendleton led the volleyball team to another third place finish at the USCAA national tournament, after falling to the eventual champions in the semi-finals. The Knights overcame a slow start to the season, to finish strong, and head into the tournament with momentum. SVU had two players named to the USCAA All-American team, and had Ali Krebs become the first SVU player to be named to the VaSID All-State Team, as a second team member.
Coach Pendleton then went to work on one of the greatest seasons in men's basketball history. A 16-9 record was the beginning, as the Knights finished with the best percentage of wins in program history. SVU also scored big wins against Eastern Mennonite (which finished #8 nationally in D.III) and Shenandoah. The Knights put a scare in to local rival VMI before falling to the D.I school. The Knights held the #3 ranking all season, and went to the USCAA tournament as a team to beat. After wins over Hiwassee and Rochester, SVU could make it three wins in a row at the tournament, and lost in the championship game to defending champs Talladega.
The Southern Virginia athletic staff wishes to congratulate both Coach Mann and Coach Pendleton for their successes, and for being named Knight Awards' Co-Coach of the Year.