The NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association has announced its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. This year's class features two individuals who have made a deep impact on NJCAA Volleyball – Parkland College (IL) coach Cliff Hastings and the late Heidi Cartisser of College of Southern Idaho.
Parkland College will make their 10th consecutive appearance at the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championships, which start November 15th in Charleston, WV. The Cobras sustained success has come under the leadership and commitment of head coach Cliff Hastings.
In his 10th season at Parkland, Hastings has accumulated a coaching record of 485-47, good for a 0.912-win percentage. Hastings led Parkland to capture back-to-back National Championship titles in 2015 and 2016, defeating Lincoln Land in both contests.
Hastings has coached 20 NJCAA All-Americans throughout his tenure and has reached the outstanding 50-win mark for the last six seasons. In addition to his success at Parkland, Hastings has nearly 20 years of volleyball coaching and leadership experience at the club and high school levels. As the director of Prime Time Volleyball Club, in the Champaign-Urbana area of central Illinois, Hastings has seen success coaching all age groups. Most recently, Hastings led a 12U team to an undefeated season in 2018.
Hastings' passion for coaching is undeniable, as he takes on his role at Parkland in addition to working a separate full-time job. Hastings is the Director of Sales and Strategic Initiatives at Wolfram Research, Inc. His commitment was recognized in 2015 when he was honored by the AVCA as the Two-Year College Coach of the Year.
Coach Hastings will be honored at the 2018 NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship banquet on Wednesday, November 14th in Charleston, WV.
The late Heidi Cartisser will forever hold a special place in College of Southern Idaho history. Cartisser played for the Golden Eagles from 1991-1993, before returning to her alma matter in 2006 to lead the volleyball team.
As one of the most successful volleyball programs in NJCAA history, Southern Idaho excelled under Cartisser's leadership. In her 12 seasons as head coach, the Golden Eagles appeared in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship tournament 8 times and won three National Championship titles in 2009, 2012, and 2015. With a 359-89 overall coaching record, Cartisser coached the Golden Eagles to seven Region 18 Championships and was honored as NJCAA Coach of the Year three times.
Cartisser began her coaching career in 1995 at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, OR. In 2000, Cartisser took the head coaching job at NCAA Division I Chicago State University. During her time at CSU, she led the Cougars to unprecedented program success. Over her five seasons as head coach, the team reached its highest conference ranking in school history.
After Cartisser's unexpected passing in December 2017, her husband and Southern Idaho assistant coach, Jim Cartisser took over the Golden Eagles volleyball program. During Southern Idaho's home opener of the 2018 season, the college named the court inside CSI Gymnasium as the Heidi Cartisser Court to honor their beloved coach. Cartisser is remembered for her commitment to her players, on and off the court, and the leadership that she brought to Southern Idaho. Starting at the 2018 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, the coach of the tournament award will be renamed the Heidi Cartisser Coach of the Tournament in her honor.
Coach Cartisser will be honored at the 2018 NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship banquet on Wednesday, November 14th in Hutchinson, KS.