September 10, 2009


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AVCA Division III Head Coaches Committee Meeting

Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2009 - 11 a.m. ET

Present: Becky Schmidt (Chair), Dorothy Webb (NEWMAC), Amanda Cuiffo (Great Northeast), Roger Worsley (Empire 8), Jonathan Penn (Liberty), Don Perkins (NJAC), Margie Knight (Capital), Sam Lambert (SCAC), DeAnn Woodin (IIAC), Tom Ackerman (SLIAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Bridget Sheehan (NCAC), David Kwan (Heartland), Jeanne Hess (MIAA), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Jill Jolliff (WIAC), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Kathy Gebhardt (NAC), Mark Massey (Northwest), Kim Kelly (UAA), Jeff Mosher (USAV), Jason Jones (AVCA)

Not Present: Jen Bowman (NESCAC), Bob Weiner (Little East), Bret Stothart (Commonwealth Coast), Katrina Dagan (North Atlantic), Steve Pike (SUNYAC), Lisa Greiner (Independents & Skyline), David Shumaker (NEAC), Ray Bello (CUNYAC), Deana Jespersen (Pennsylvania), Alexa Keckler (Centennial), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Michele Zabinski (Freedom), Phil Pisano (AMCC), Lindsay Birch (USA South), Andrea Hoover (ODAC), Kandis Schram (GSAC), Marci Sanders (ASC), Michelle Blaeser (MIAC), Vicki Brault (OAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Dianna Graves (SCIAC)


I.  AVCA Report

Jason reminded the group that registration for the convention is now open. The convention will be held December 16 - 20 in Tampa. This year the AVCA has added a second recruiting event for college coaches. The AVCA will again hold the Talent Showcase from 9 a.m. - Noon on Sunday, Dec. 20. This is a recruiting event for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and two-year college players. A new recruiting event this year is the AVCA Holiday Tournament. The tournament will have teams in the 13 - 18 year-old age groups and will be held on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 19 and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20. All of the convention details can be found at

The annual salary survey went out to AVCA member DIII head coaches on Thursday, September 10. The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, September 30. All coaches are encouraged to participate so the results will be as representative as possible for each conference.

The NCAA recently sent out a rules proposal submission form to all coaches. Please take time to submit your comments.

The 30 Under 30 award was created to honor thirty of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. The nomination process for this award is now open and will run through Friday, October 2. For more information on the award and how to make a nomination visit the awards section on the AVCA Web site.

A student membership is now available for current student-athletes who are interested in pursuing a volleyball coaching position after graduation. The discounted cost for the membership is $40 per year and the student members will receive all electronic publications including Coaching Volleyball magazine, all of the AVCA newsletters as well as access to the members only section of the AVCA Web site. This access will include being able to search for open jobs in the AVCA Career Center. In addition, student members will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to the AVCA Convention. There will be six scholarships available for the 2009 convention in Tampa. Information on student membership is available in the membership section of the AVCA Web site or by contacting Amanda Brungs at

Jason reminded the committee to encourage coaches within their conference to renew their AVCA membership or join the association if they are not already members. A list of current AVCA members sorted by conference was sent to committee members in August. Committee members are asked to contact those coaches within their conference who are not members and ask them to join. The AVCA can provide promotional brochures, letters or any marketing materials needed. Please contact Amanda Brungs at if you need promotional materials mailed to you.  


II.  Twitter Update

Becky gave a brief update on the discussion during the August call regarding the use of twitter. The rule currently allows organizations such as conferences and athletic departments to use twitter but restricts coaches from using it. Becky has developed a petition that requests DIII coaches have the same use of twitter that coaches in DI and DII are allowed. The petition was distributed to the committee on September 11 and each committee member is asked to forward the petition to the other coaches within their conference. Becky will update the committee again during the October call.   


III. Conversation

Becky reported that she had a discussion with the person who manages the Web site in order to get ideas for a DIII volleyball site. The mission of the hoops site is to be the one place where anyone can go for information on DIII basketball. The most popular areas of the hoops site are the schedule/results section, top 25 rankings and forums. The AVCA Web site currently has the schedule/results information and top 25 poll but the forums available are only open to AVCA members. Becky will have another conversation with the manager to get ideas for starting a forum on DIII volleyball. She noted it will be important for conference coaches to promote the forums, poll and schedule/results upon implementation.


IV.  DIII Men's Volleyball

Jonathon Penn discussed the benefits of adding men's volleyball programs at DIII schools. He noted that men's programs can benefit women's programs in a variety of ways including sharing the infrastructure of two volleyball programs, getting a recruiting boost with more volleyball on campus and having boys on campus that play the women player's game. Some schools are using the addition of athletic teams to drive enrollment at their school as well.  

Jeff Mosher, Coordinator of Boy's & Men's Development with USA Volleyball, reported that legislation was submitted to the NCAA in July to create a DIII Men's National Championship. In order to have a NCAA sanctioned championship there must be 50 teams competing in the sport. In 2008 there were 51 men's teams competing, 52 this year and 56 expected for 2010. The national championship would begin in 2011. The development of the national championship is expected to give a boost to the growth in DIII men's programs that has already been occurring over the past few years. Jeff asked that anyone interested in learning more about how to start a men's volleyball program at their school should contact him at    


V.  New Business

Becky mentioned that she recently held a volleyball tournament for the student body at Hope College and had 36 teams of 6 players sign-up to participate. This hugely successful event gave her an opportunity to get e-mails from all of the participants which she then used to invite those students to her matches. This has resulted in an increase in attendance at Hope matches and more interest on campus.

It was noted that the NCAA has suspended the hand shake rule after matches due to the H1N1 virus. It is now the decision of each team on whether to shake hands. 


The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m. ET. The next Division III Head Coaches Committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, October 8.    

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