November 11, 2009
Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes
November 11, 2009 * 1 p.m. CT *
Cody Hein, Chico State
Bren Stevens, Charleston
Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks
Sean Donahue, St. Edward's
Carlos Chia, Northern Kentucky
Paul McDonald sitting in for Karla Decker, Lander
Lynze Roos, Lynn
Megan Hrbek, Caldwell
Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama
Karen McNulty, UMass-Lowell
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State
Tom Justice, Lock Haven
Ashley Buckley, Augustana
Heather Vahjen sitting in for Tim Loesch, Limestone
Kris Naber, Grand Canyon
Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State
Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.
Alex Koszalka, Dowling
Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma
Michael Robinson, Tusculum
Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine
Meeting Called to Order: 1 p.m. CT
I. Welcome (Cody)
Cody began the call by welcoming everyone back from the summer recess and thanked the HCC for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the call. He then gave his report.
II. AVCA Update (Leah)
Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:
- Division II awards nomination period opens Monday, November 16 and will run through Thursday, November 19.
- Convention registration is still open. The early-bird deadline has expired, but you may still pre-register online or by mail until December 2nd. After that point, registration will not be open until onsite at the convention.
- We are currently on record-pace for the convention at this point. Last week alone we had over 500 registrations come in. Cost at headquarters hotel Marriott Waterside is $135 for single and $145 for double.
- AVCA also has room blocks at the Westin Harbour Island ($119 for single/double) and Howard Johnson Plaza ($99 for single/double)
- Don't forget to take advantage of the AVCA's travel discounts with Northwest, Continental and American airlines, Hertz rental cars and SuperShuttle for transportation to and from the airport. If you'd like to share a hotel room, check out the SpaceShare program to assist with finding hotel roommates. Information can be found on the convention section of the AVCA Web site.
- We have filled one bus for the AVCA Golf Tournament and are opening up another bus for interested coaches. The Golf Tournament will be Wednesday, December 16 at Bay Palms Golf Course. The golf tournament includes green fees, cart, warm-up range, transportation to/from the golf course and a buffet lunch. Participants can choose to form their own team or be placed on a team by the AVCA. Prizes will be awarded for winning teams, longest drive and closest to the pin.
- A reminder of the several recruiting opportunities available to coaches at the AVCA Convention. On Saturday, December 19, there will be a juniors tournament with 13-18 year old age groups participating. On Sunday, December 20, the NCSA/AVCA Girls' talent showcase will be held from 9.a.m.-12 p.m. The event is open to the classes of 2010-2012
- Leah still needs headshots of the following HCC members for the AVCA Web Site: Tim Loesch, Megan Hrbek, Deanne Scanlon, Phil Shoemaker, Bo Pagliasotti, Kris Naber, Tom Justice, Michael Robinson and Selina Bynum-Kohn
III. Chair Reports (Cody)
1. Bylaw 17 and "Life in the Balance Issues:
Cody encouraged each and every one of the Head Coaches Committee members to get out and campaign on your own campuses. Talk to your administrators: Athletic Directors, FAR's, Presidents, etc. It's critical for you to get in your president's ear about what is important to you on your campus.
- Phil: Has there been a formal statement from the AVCA on these issues?
- Cody: Yes, AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer put together a formal document in opposition of these changes.
- Bren: Noticed that there has been some discrepancies between Presidents and Athletic Directors regarding their thoughts on the issue. It will be interesting to see if some AD's cave to the pressures they are receiving from their President, or whether they vote based on the beliefs of the coaches in their athletic department. It may very well be that AD's haven't bought into the legislation as much as Presidents have. If the AD's get together, there might be a chance the legislation won't pass. However, the view of the Presidents' Council and Management Council is that it will pass.
- Deanne: Sent Kathy's memo to all GLIAC coaches and conference administrators and instructed everyone to pass the memo along to each respective campus administration. Received a lot of feedback on the memo; a lot of the reaction was that people were surprised by the proposed changes and most weren't aware of the full extent of the legislation.
- Bren: Keep SAAC involved. From her personal standpoint, the WVIAC's SAAC is not happy with the legislation and proposed changes. If student-athletes are the so called "consumer," then AD's and Presidents should give a little credence to them.
- Deanne: Questions the validity and justification of a written summary included in the 25-30 pg Life in Balance document that was given to her by her AD. In the summary it states that volleyball didn't want to extend the season a week because of the issue of playoffs falling over the Thanksgiving holiday. Has anyone discussed this prior?
- Bren and Cody: Never facilitated or heard discussion on that topic. The only thing Bren can recall is discussing the cutback of play dates from 28 to 26.
- Cody: The next step will be the vote on the legislation in January at the NCAA Convention in Atlanta. EVERYONE KEEP ON ADVOCATING FOR VOLLEYBALL!
IV. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be at the AVCA Convention in Tampa, Florida. The HCC will meet on Thursday, December 17 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Tampa Marriott Conference Room #10. The General Division II meeting will be held the following day, Friday, December 18, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Tampa Convention Center Room #13-14.