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Entering her third season as the head coach of the Juniata College women’s volleyball program, Heather Pavlik (‘95) has amassed an impressive 52-20 overall record. Since taking over the helm from mentor Larry Bock, Pavlik has extended the Eagles’ all-time winning streak against Landmark Conference opponents to 49-0. In 2012 the Eagles won the program’s sixth consecutive Landmark Conference title and made their 32nd NCAA tournament appearance.
A three-time All-American as a player at Juniata and long time Juniata Assistant, Pavlik’s second season as head coach continued the long established winning tradition of Eagles women’s volleyball. Finishing the year 25-12 overall and reaching the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament, the Eagles continued to flourish under Pavlik’s guidance. Five members of the 2012 squad were named All-Landmark Conference team members, and two received Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) South All-Star team honors, including offensive standout Courtney Lydick (‘14) who was also awarded American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region accolades.
Pavlik guided the Eagles to a 27-8 overall record in her first season as head coach. Juniata continued its streak of being the only program to qualify for every Division III women’s volleyball championship, and advanced to the regional championship match.
Under Pavlik’s tutelage two Eagles earned All-America honors in 2011, including senior libero Libby Morrison, who was both the Landmark Conference Player of the Year and Specialist of the Year, and was a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
"Heather was the obvious choice to continue the rich tradition of Juniata women's volleyball, and build upon the program's accomplishments under Larry Bock," said Dean of Students Kris Clarkson, at the time of Pavlik’s hiring on January 19, 2011. "She has been a part of much of that success, as a student, as an athlete, and as a coach, and understands, perhaps better than anyone, what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Juniata College."
The 2010 campaign, Pavlik’s last season as an assistant, was her 15th on the bench with Juniata women's volleyball and her eighth since being named associate head coach prior to the 2003 season. In her 15 seasons as assistant and later associate head coach, the Eagles amassed a 493-63 record, and won the NCAA Division III national championships in 2004 and 2006.
During her tenure with Juniata women's volleyball, the Eagles have produced 41 All-Americans. Her work with the team’s setters produced six All-Americans, including one Division III National Player of the Year setter, as well as three more of the same honor being given to two different outside hitters.
Pavlik also served as an assistant coach with the Juniata men's volleyball program from 1998 through 2001. The Eagles captured their first Molten Division III Invitational title in 1998 with Pavlik as an assistant coach, as well as the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Division III crown. Juniata captured its second EIVA Division III title in 1999, while placing fourth at the Molten Invitational.
A 1995 graduate of Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Pavlik earned AVCA First-team All-America honors in 1992, 1993, and 1994. She is a 2005 inductee into the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame, and was one of six former collegiate players named to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Silver Anniversary Team. Pavlik was also named to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) All-Centruty team for her outstanding play as a student-athlete.
She was formerly Heather Blough before marrying Mark Pavlik, the head coach of the Penn State men's volleyball program, in June 1997. The couple live in McAlevy’s Fort, Pa., with their son, Jackson. She is a native of Johnstown, Pa., and a graduate of Richland High School.
Coach Pavlik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.