Cherokee softball coach Nicole Lum tonight was named Coach of the Year by the South Jersey Coaches Association.

Cherokee caught the experts by surprise this season when the Chiefs won the Olympic Conference American Division with an 8-0 record and made it to a South Jersey Group 4 semifinal, where they lost to Toms River East, 8-0.

The only other loss on their 21-2 record was to Gloucester Catholic, 2-1.

BILL IEZZI