Sports Imports and AVCA to Present Illinois High School Clinic


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sports Imports, Inc., and the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today that they will present the inaugural Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Clinic, Saturday, February 27, 2010. Featured at the clinic will be some of the renowned volleyball education for which the AVCA is well-known, as well as opportunities to begin conversations about starting an Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association.

"Volleyball is a significant and growing sport in Illinois, and Sports Imports has always been surprised that there is no state coaches association for high school volleyball coaches," said Brad Underwood, president of Sports Imports.  "We are proud to help make this new coaches association a reality and we look forward to a great coaches clinic next February."

The impressive line-up of speakers for the inaugural clinic is highlighted by Kevin Hambly, head volleyball coach at University of Illinois, and Carl McGown, former head coach of the BYU men's volleyball team and U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.

Hambly's list of accomplishments includes an assistant coaching stint on the U.S. Women's National Team from 2001-04.  He then spent four years as an assistant under Don Hardin at Illinois, before taking over as head coach following Hardin's retirement.  In this his first head season as head coach, Hambly has led the Illini to a 20-3 record, and top five ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll for the first time since 1992.

McGown is one of the most decorated volleyball coaches in the country.  In addition to winning two national championships at BYU, he was the head coach of the 1976 U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.  Since then, he has coached in seven Olympic Games, beginning with the gold-medal team in 1984, through and including the gold-medal team of 2008.  In 2000 he was honored with the All-Time Great Coach Award by USA Volleyball.

If the founding of the Illinois association becomes a reality, then it would become the ninth state in the AVCA's Affiliate Partner Program, which was established in 2007 to build relationships between the AVCA and high school volleyball coaches across the country. Currently, there are eight states in the program, including Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The clinic will take place in the Chicago area, with the specific site to be announced at a later date.  Cost for the clinic is $99 per participant, and includes breakfast, lunch, a one-year AVCA membership and the opportunity to be a charter member of the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association.  Register before Friday, February 12 to receive the $99 Early Registration rate.  After February 12, registration will increase to $115 per participant.  Online registration opens Tuesday, November 10.  To register, click here.


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