August 8, 2006
Chair: Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene
Absent on the call: Susan Clements, Mid-South Conference; Leo Sayles, Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference; Katrina Meyer, Independent; Kevin Hudson, Southern States Athletic Conference
Brenda Williams introduced Will Engle, AVCA Manager of Media Relations & Membership Support, the new liaison between the AVCA headquarters and the NAIA Head Coaches Committee (HCC). She then introduced Israel Negron, Director of Legislative Services for the NAIA, and the HCC liaison to the AVCA Legislative Committee. Finally, Coach Williams introduced Josh Crosier of Johnson & Wales, the new men's representative on the Committee.
1. Committee members need to gather a list of coaches for each of their respective regions in order to put together a directory of NAIA coaches for use during the 2006-07 season.
2. This directory can be used to remind coaches in your region to renew their AVCA membership, as well as to encourage new coaches to join. The NAIA goal is to have 85% membership; this has not yet been achieved, but is an attainable goal.
3. Reminder to talk to High School and club coaches in your area about AVCA membership. Tell the High School coaches about the new High School All-American program beginning in the 2006-07 season. For more information on that program, check out the AVCA website, www.avca.org, or contact Kelly Stumph in the AVCA office.
* If you need membership brochures, go to the AVCA website, www.avca.org, or contact Will Engle at the AVCA office.
Executive Director: Kathy DeBoer
1. The AVCA Headquarters moved from Colorado Springs to Lexington and officially opened for business in Kentucky July 5th, 2006. The partnership is a great opportunity for growth for the organization - one way this will be evident is the Coaching Volleyball magazine, which HOST is going to redesign.
2. The AVCA also welcomed five new staff members in conjunction with the move to Kentucky: Todd Hamilton, Jason Jones, Wendy Payne, Rick Capone and Will Engle. They are ready to serve the membership so do not hesitate to contact them with any questions or concern you may have.
3. The AVCA Annual Convention information is coming out soon. Tickets are sold out for the Division I Championship, so the only avenue to tickets will be through the AVCA Annual Convention, so everyone is encouraged to sign up as soon as their information is received.
4. The coaches are strong advocates for AVCA membership; the Executive Director is supposed to encourage membership, but if a fellow coach explains why being a member is important, then other coaches can see the value in that.
1. Coaches are encouraged to get their preseason updates to Dawn Harmon of the NAIA so poll voters can get them.
2. A motion has been placed to the NAIA to make weekly statistics reporting mandatory.
Support Staff Survey: Chris Duenow will be working with Will Engle on distributing a Support Staff Survey out to NAIA members. Will indicated that HOST has the capabilities of sending a web-based survey.
Men's Volleyball Update: Kathy DeBoer told the Committee that at least two schools, Davis & Elkins College and Fontbonne University, are looking to add men's programs for the 2006-07 season. She also told the Committee to let the AVCA know if they are aware of any other NAIA institutions looking to add men's volleyball in 2006-07.
Legislative Actions: Israel Negron told the Committee that any proposals for new bylaws need to be in to the NAIA by mid-December. He informed the Committee that the deadline date is earlier than last year, and to ensure they meet this deadline. He also reminded the Committee that the AVCA cannot sponsor a legislative change, but certainly can endorse one. Israel notified everyone that there are no rules changes in NAIA volleyball for this year.
Brenda Williams advised the Committee that the NAIA should be begin to be consistent across the board in terms of statistics. Chris Duenow said that not all NAIA schools have Sports Information Directors (SID), sometimes making it difficult for consistent statistics. Brenda suggested that SIDs need training on statistics. Kathy DeBoer said that the AVCA is considering doing a "webinar", a web-based seminar next summer for SIDs on volleyball statistics.
1. Get updated directory of new coaches and membership status of all coaches to the AVCA, NAIA and to the HCC.
2. Remind coaches to renew their membership and register early for the AVCA Annual Convention.
3. Get AVCA information to prospective members.
Good luck on the upcoming season!
Next NAIA HCC conference call scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11 a.m. ET.
Call adjourned at 11:46 a.m.