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October 3, 2019 | Issue 2

Welcome to The BIC

The BIC is the official AVCA newsletter for men and boys volleyball. New editions come out the first week of each month. If there is a specific topic or news you would like shared in a future issue, please contact Brad Wilson at bradley.wilson@avca.org.

AVCA Updates & Reminders

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AVCA Convention Coming this December to Pittsburgh
The AVCA Convention returns this December to Pittsburgh, PA on December 18-22. The AVCA will once again host a specific education track for men and boys coaches. In addition to the educational sessions you won’t want to miss the Men’s Coaches General Meeting on Friday afternoon, the Men’s Team Coaches Happy Hour on Friday evening, and the Boy’s Talent Showcase on Saturday morning. You can learn more about the AVCA Convention and register online here.

Education sessions include:

  • Reading the Opposing Middle: How Your Setter’s Ability to Read the Opposing Hitters Can Create Favorable Matchups for Your Offense (court) – Luke Bentley
  • Defensive Systems Pros and Cons (classroom) – Ana Todorovic
  • Rethinking Feedback: Creating More Effective and Efficient Training Environments – presented by USA Volleyball (classroom) – John Speraw & Harjiv Singh
  • Growth Opportunities for Men’s and Boys’ Volleyball (classroom) – Matt Mihelic
  • Men’s Why We Win (classroom) – Charlie Sullivan, Dan Friend, Mark Pavlik & Panel TBD
  • More sessions TBD
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AVCA Boys Talent Showcase: Registration OPEN
This December, the AVCA will host its 4th annual Boys Talent Showcase at the AVCA Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. The event is designed to provide high school aged boys volleyball players the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of dozens of men's college coaches. Last year's showcase featured over 40 college programs! For full details and a link to register, visit the AVCA website. The showcase costs $99 per athlete and it will take place in the morning on Saturday, December 21 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center. Question regarding the showcase should be directed to Brad Wilson at bradley.wilson@avca.org.

Men's College Volleyball News

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Additional SIAC programs host press conferences to announce new men's programs.

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The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC) announced the addition of men’s volleyball as the league’s 14th-sponsored sport with the support of a $1 million grant from First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball. Men’s volleyball will begin its first year of competition in 2020-21. Six SIAC member institutions, all HBCUs, will sponsor NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball:

Previously announced teams are:

Fort Valley State has yet to make its official announcement.

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NCAA accepting bids for 2023, '24, '25 and '26 DI/II and DIII Championships
The NCAA is currently accepting bids for future NCAA championships. All activities and events associated with the championship are to be approved by the sports committee. Visit the bid specs page on the NCAA website for more info. Bids are due to the NCAA by Feb. 3, 2020.

NAIA accepting bids for 2022 and 2023 Championships
The NAIA is currently accepting bids for its spring championships in 2022 and 2023. For details in information on the bid process, visit the NAIA website or contact Kelli Briscoe at briscoe@naia.org. Bids are due by October 1, 2020.

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Illinois Wesleyan (DIII) adds men's volleyball
Illinois Wesleyan University Athletic Director Mike Wagner announced the addition of men's volleyball as the department's 23rd intercollegiate sport offering. Will begin competition in 2021 in the CCIW conference.

Coe College (DIII) announces men's team
Coe College recently announced the addition of men's volleyball as one of four new varsity sports
. Play will begin in the 2021 season.

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Drew University (DIII) adds men's team
Drew University will add women's and men's volleyball to its athletics program, Director of Athletics Christa Racine has announced. The men's team will make its debut in the spring of 2022 in a conference yet to be decided.

Baldwin Wallace (DIII) add's men's team
Baldwin Wallace University Director of Athletics Kris Diaz '78 has announced that the University will add men's volleyball to its athletics program and have named Kyle Mars as the team's first head coach. The team will start competition in the spring of 2021.

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MCVL Adds New Members
The Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) has officially added The University of Mount Union and Wabash College. Mount Union will begin play in 2020 and Wabash will begin in 2021.

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USAV Men's National Team Tryouts Coming in October
The USAV Men's National Team will host open tryouts on October 20 in Anaheim California. This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and athletes who were born in the years 1994-2001 inclusive. Athletes born before 1994 must contact USA Volleyball at indoorhp@usav.org for approval of participation. Full info about the event and instrsuctions on how to register are availabe on USAV's website.

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Where are former collegiate men's volleyball players coaching now?
More than 100 former college men’s volleyball players are now coaching at the highest levels of college women’s volleyball. Check out this very impressive list prepared and published by Off the Block.

Collegiate Program Listings and Map

The AVCA is constantly updating its NCAA and NAIA program lists as new programs get announced:

Did we miss one? Contact bradley.wilson@avca.org and let us know. Programs are also visible on the AVCA's map:

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Boys Volleyball News

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Boys Clubs Are Invited to Be a JVA Sponsor Club this Season!
For the 5th consecutive year the JVA is giving $200,000 back to JVA member clubs through the JVA Sponsor Program. Your club could earn up to $5,000! Learn more

College Opportunities for Men's Volleyball
When prospective male student athletes think about playing volleyball at the college level, images of competing under the bright lights at a powerhouse volleyball school often come to mind. On the other hand, many boys are not aware of the options to play at the next level. The truth is that there are several different factors to consider in order to find your best college fit—and level of athletic competition is just one of them. Let's take a look at the opportunities for boys to play volleyball at the varsity collegiate level.

Minnesota High School League Boasts 50 Schools in Less Than 18 Months
The upstart MN Boys High School Volleyball Association recently completed its 2nd season. This past season featured 50 schools (70 including co-ops) and 94 teams and 800+ boys participating. Matches were played best of 5, 8 conferences were formed, and 5 tournaments were played included a state tournament. The association will be looking for official high school sports sanctioning by the MSHSL. Check out this hype video featuring footage of the state tournament.

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Business 101: Set Your Club Up For Success. WED 10/9 1:00pm ET
This free webinar will cover top down organizational structure, business planning and turning a profit year round. The two presenters combine with over 50 years of experience in the business of running a junior volleyball club from the early stages through growth and national success. Register here.

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VolleyballMag.com Announces 2019 Club All-Americans
VolleyballMag.com recently announced is club All-Americans for the 2019 club season. This year's class includes 8 18s, 7 17s, 7 16s, and 7 15s. The group is highlighted by SCVC 17s OH, Clarke Godbold, as he has been named the 2019 VolleyballMag.com Boys Club Player of the Year. Click to read a full profile of Godbold and see all of this year's selections.

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Bob McCarthy of MB Surf named VolleyballMag.com National Boys Club Coach of the Year
At this summer's USAV Nationals, Bob McCarthy's 15s team won the Open national championship after finishing first in pool play. And for his work this past season, McCarthy is the 2019 VolleyballMag.com boys club coach of the year. MB Surf went 11-0 and went 22-1 in sets, beating Sports Performance from the Chicago western suburbs for the top prize. Read the full award announcement.

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Balboa Bay 16 Blue Win VolleyballMag.com National Club Team of the Year
Balboa Bay capped off the 2018-2019 season by going a perfect 11-0 in Dallas at USA Volleyball nationals, winning 22 of 23 sets. The team’s year-long efforts also earned it the honor of being the 2019 VolleyballMag.com boys club team of the year. Balboa Bay placed four players on the 16 Open all-tournament team in Dallas, including tournament MVP Gabe Dyer, Grant Oh, Riley Oh and Dane Hillis. Read the full award press release at VolleyballMag.com.

AVCA High School Boys Volleyball Map
Ensure that your high school team is included on the AVCA's online map!

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First Point Volleyball Foundation

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First Point Volleyball Foundation Has a New Website!
Earlier this month, the First Point Volleyball Foundation debut its new website. The new website falls in line with First Point's recent rebranding. The website will be a resource for news of the organization, information on the organization itself and mission, ways to get involved, and links to donate to the cause. Take a visit and see what you think.

New Hires and Job Openings

Congratulations to the following new college men's volleyball hires!:

  • Zachary Ober has been appointed the new head men's volleyball coach at Thomas More
  • Adrian College has officially announced Casey Fitzpatrick as its next men’s volleyball coach, beginning with the 2020-21 season
  • Luke DeWitt has been named the head men's volleyball coach at Olivet College
  • Wabash College has named Kevin Russell as the first head coach of the school's varsity volleyball program
  • Benedict College announced that Gwendolyn Rouse, Benedict's women's volleyball coach for the past 32 years, will assume the additional duties of coaching the men's team
  • DiShondra Goree was selected as the newly announced Kentucky State men's volleyball head coach. Goree will coach both the men's and women's volleyball programs.
  • Baldwin Wallace University Director of Athletics Kris Diaz '78 has announced that the University will add men's volleyball to its athletics program and have named Kyle Mars as the team's first head coach

Here are the programs currently accepting applications for men's coaches:

Have a job or new hire you would like to promote? Contact bradley.wilson@avca.org.

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