December 18, 2008


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AVCA Division III Head Coaches Committee Meeting

Meeting Minutes

December 18, 2008 - 8 a.m. CT

AVCA Convention - Omaha, Nebraska


Present: Jeanne Hess (Chair), Jen Bowman (NESCAC), John Razsa for Amanda Cuiffo (Great Northeast), Roger Worsley (Empire 8), Jonathan Penn (Liberty), Margie Knight (Capital), Robin Pietryk (USA South), Greg Spector for Andrea Hoover (ODAC), Sam Lambert (SCAC), Zach Villarreal for Marci Sanders (ASC), Michelle Blaeser (MIAC), Jennifer Walker (IIAC), Merry Graf for Tom Ackerman (SLIAC), Sarah Davis for Bridget Sheehan (NCAC), Pam Briggs for Vicki Brault (OAC), David Kwan (Heartland), Becky Schmidt (MIAA), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Jill Jolliff (WIAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Dianna Graves (SCIAC), Mark Massey (Northwest), Kim Kelly (UAA), Ali Oliver (SCIAC), Don Flora (SCIAC), John Tom (Landmark), Elisa Joris (MIAA), Jason Jones (AVCA)


Not Present: Dorothy Webb (NEWMAC), Bret Stothart (Commonwealth Coast), Steve Pike (SUNYAC), Lisa Greiner (Independents & Skyline), David Shumaker (NEAC), Ray Bello (CUNYAC), Bridget White (NJAC), Deana Jespersen (Pennsylvania), Alexa Keckler (Centennial), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Michele Zabinski (Freedom), Phil Pisano (AMCC), Kandis Schram (GSAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Kathy Gebhardt (NAC)



I.  AVCA Board Report

Jeanne began the meeting by introducing Becky Schmidt as the new Division III AVCA board representative. Becky will begin her duties on January 1, 2009.

Jeanne updated the committee on several topics from the board meeting held earlier in the week:

Collegiate beach will be voted on as an emerging sport in January for DI and DII. It is currently not under consideration for DIII. Doug Beal from USA Volleyball said during the board meeting that he believes collegiate beach can be a major draw for the sport. An informal poll was conducted by the DIII HCC and about half were interested in continuing to explore collegiate beach at the DIII level.

Technology is continuing to be used more frequently throughout the sport. More volleyball programs are using Webcasting as a way to broadcast matches. Also, the AVCA is doing more Webinars as a way to provide coaching education to members throughout the year.

The VolleyKids program is taking off around the country. This program is designed to get kids in the 3 - 8 year old range more involved in the sport while they are still young. John Sample recently completed a VolleyKids tour that was held in several cities throughout the Midwest.

Membership continues to be a priority for the AVCA. DIII is doing a good job with over 70% of coaches currently members of the association. The goal is to get that number over 80% so the committee was encouraged to continue promoting membership within their conferences.

The NCAA provided the AVCA with a grant again this year for the Minority Coaches Program. The purpose of the grant is to help attract and retain more minorities in the coaching profession. The committee was asked to give any leads for clinic locations or coaches who would be candidates for the program to Amanda Brungs ( with the AVCA staff. Deitre Collins-Parker is the chair of the Minority Coaches Committee and any leads will be passed along to her.

Doug Beal gave a report to the AVCA Board of Directors and Jeanne said one of his goals was to continue the excellence that was started at the Beijing Olympics. Some of the other areas of focus for USAV are to continue growing affiliate memberships and do more to help commercialize the sport.


II.  AVCA Report

Jason covered some of the convention highlights that would be taking place during the week.

The 2009 AVCA Spring Conference will be held May 6 - 9 in Provo, Utah. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2009 NCAA Men's Championships. The Spring Conference will offer about 20 educational sessions and several networking events. Speakers will include Carl McGown, Terry Pettit, Mary Wise and Kathy DeBoer. Registration for this event will start in late January.

Jason gave an update on the job postings and open date functions on the AVCA Web site. Currently, members are asked to use the "Forums" area on the site as the location for these functions. A module is being built for job postings and it should be available in a few months. The open dates function is being examined and it appears there is a module available that can be copied and used on the AVCA site. Jason will continue to update the committee on the progress of this project.


III.  Old Business

Jeanne encouraged the committee to continue promoting AVCA membership within their conference. The more DIII members in the AVCA, the larger the voice for DIII issues.

Jeanne asked the committee members for a report on their Dig Pink/Dig for the Cure events during the season. Several coaches on the committee did have an event and gave a report on the success of these events from within their conference. Jeanne requested that everyone on the committee get with their conference coaches and gather information on the total number of teams participating from each conference and the amount of money raised from these events. The committee is asked to e-mail that information to Jason ( and he will compile and post it on the AVCA "Think Pink" microsite.

Tammy Swearingen gave an update on the Rules Committee. She was surprised at the lack of proposals that were submitted this year. Tammy said the topic that has come up the most is the substitution rule. Other topics have included ways to reduce scoring errors and the libero jersey color. She noted the NCAA did conduct research on scoring and substitutions but the numbers are not yet available. The Rules Committee will discuss the proposals on January 20.

Roger Worsley discussed the possibility of having a standard practice start date of August 15 for DIII. The general consensus of the committee is that the coaches like the idea but administrators will oppose it primarily due to the additional cost involved. Roger asked that coaches meet with their training staff and request that they make a point to log any injuries that occur due to a lack of time to prepare before competition. This type of information will be useful in helping make a case to administrators that more time to prepare student-athletes will reduce injuries.  


IV.    New Business

Becky Schmidt passed out the results from the Game Management Survey. She briefly reviewed the information and informed the committee she would cover it in more detail during the DIII General Meeting at the convention.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m. CT. The next Division III Head Coaches Committee meeting will be held via conference call at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, February 9.    

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