The 2012 GLIAC Coach of the Year, Tim Koth is entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Northwood Volleyball program.
In his time as head coach at Northwood, Koth has posted a record of 154-113 (.577) while guiding the team to the GLIAC Tournament six times. He has earned 260 career victories as a head women’s volleyball coach.
Koth is coming off his best season at Northwood, guiding Northwood to its first GLIAC Championship in 10 years. The Timberwolves also won the GLIAC Tournament Championship after downing Grand Valley State 3-1 in the finals. Northwood finished the regular season as the No. 2 ranked team in the Midwest Region. Five Timberwolves earned All-GLIAC honors, the most in a single season in school history. Koth guided Juliia Pakhomenko to one of the best seasons in school history. She was the GLIAC Player of the Year, the GLIAC Tournament MVP and an All-American in her first season as a Timberwolf.
The 2008 campaign saw Northwood return to the NCAA Tournament as well as earn the GLIAC South Division Championship. Gordana Barac was named First Team All-GLIAC, while Ashley Carr and Lauren Chapman were named Second Team and Honorable Mention, respectively. NU also placed eight players on the Academic All-GLIAC team.
The 2005 season saw Northwood finish second in the GLIAC behind eventual national champion Grand Valley. NU finished the year with a 23-11 overall mark and reached the finals of the GLIAC Tournament. Northwood also made its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament under the guidance of Koth.
In his first season at the helm, Koth guided Northwood to a 21-10 overall record and a final national raking of 18th. His team was ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation, and started the year with a 12-1 record. During their hot start, the Timberwolves snapped Northern Michigan’s 32-match regular season winning streak. NU eventually qualified for the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Great Lakes Regional final. That matched the longest run for NU in the NCAA Tournament in program history.
Koth came to Northwood after spending the previous eight seasons as the head coach of both the Quincy men’s and women’s volleyball teams. As the women’s head coach in 2003, he guided the Lady Hawks to an 18-11 record despite a rash of injuries. He earned a total of 190 victories between the two programs (106 women’s, 84 men’s). Koth’s best season with the women’s team came in 1998 which included a run to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament finals. As the men’s coach, he guided the 2000 Hawks team to a 17-11 record and a home game in the first round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play. It was the first time in program history the men’s team had hosted a postseason game.
Prior to his arrival at Quincy, Koth spent nine seasons at the Division I level. From 1987-94, he served as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at California State-Northridge. He was a part of the Matadors women’s NCAA Division II National Championship season in 1987-88. He also was a part of the men’s team that finished as the runner-up in 1993. Koth was the No. 1 assistant for John Price, the 1993 National Coach of the Year.
Koth then moved back to the Michigan area in 1994, serving as the assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU, Koth also served as the head coach of the men’s club team. He became the interim head women’s coach for the Eagles in 1995 before moving to Quincy.
A total of five of Koth’s recruits have been involved with the USA National Volleyball program and three of his players are currently playing professionally.
A native of Mt. Clemens, Mich., Koth was the head coach of the Warren St. Anne High School team prior to his days as a collegiate coach. That squad won Catholic and District titles, earning rankings as high as No. 4 in the state. Koth was named Coach of the Year by many publications that season.
Koth is a 1989 graduate of Cal State-Northridge. He is a member of the AVCA and USA Volleyball.