WICHITA — Friends University softball coach and McPherson College graduate Tony Segovia has been selected as the 2016-17 KCAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year presented by IMA, Inc and Dissinger Reed. Segovia will be recognized at the KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 8 at York College.
In his 13 seasons as the head coach of the Lady Falcons, Segovia has been named KCAC Coach of the Year seven times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016) and in 2008 he was named Region IV Coach of the Year. Segovia has earned five KCAC regular-season titles, six KCAC Tournament championships, and has appeared in six NAIA tournaments. In addition, Segovia earned win No. 400 during the Falcons' annual tournament at TRYC back in March.
"Tony believes his athletes are students first as he allows them to be late to practice when coming from class, and allows them to leave early to go to class," Friends head volleyball coach Martin Ayin said. "To me, he has been a coach of character years before NAIA Champions of Character ever came about. He holds his integrity before his team everyday in practice, games, and even out of season."
"The softball teams consistently rank in the top grade point average for the university and the conference," Friends V.P. of Student Affairs and Athletic Director Carole Obermeyer said. "The women are highly involved in campus activities and events. Tony recruits and retains high quality students who graduate and continue in building families and careers."
Segovia teaches his student-athletes to show respect to everyone on campus. They go out of their way to say thank you and acknowledge the cafeteria staff, maintenance department, faculty and staff. His student-athletes are always asked to volunteer at events on campus because of their strong work ethic and their desire to do an outstanding job. Community Service is a huge part of what they do to show athletes how to make a difference in somone's life.
"I take my position as a college head coach very seriously," Segovia said. "I realize that I am going to affect their lives greatly with how I conduct myself and what kind of example I set. The wins and losses will come and go, but character is something that lasts a lifetime."