January 20, 2010


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes   

January 20, 2010 * 1 p.m. CT *

Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State

Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks

Sean Donahue, St. Edward's

Carlos Chia, Northern Kentucky

Karla Decker, Lander

Lynze Roos, Lynn

Megan Hrbek, Caldwell

Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama

Karen McNulty, UMass-Lowell

Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State

Alex Koszalka, Dowling

Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State

Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine

Kris Naber, Grand Canyon

Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.

Michael Robinson, Tusculum

Jamie Skadeland sitting in for Debbie Hendricks

Mary sitting in for Bo Pagliasotti

Carrie Bodkins sitting in for Bren Stevens


Heather Vahjen, Erskine College

Tom Justice, Lock Haven

Ashley Buckley, Augustana College

Meeting Called to Order: 1 p.m. CT


I. Welcome (Cody)

Cody welcomed everyone back from winter holidays and thanked everybody for either being in attendance or finding a replacement to be in Tampa for our meeting.

II. AVCA Update (Leah)

Leah was out sick for this meeting, but we will be back for our February meeting.

III. Chair Report (Cody)

1.         Bylaw 17 and "Life in the Balance Issues:

Obviously we are all aware that the Life in the Balance package passed at last week's NCAA convention-and by a pretty wide margin. Cody talked about the importance of strong internal communication and being diligent in getting information out to our conference constituents. As individual coaches, it is also important we engage in quality conversation with members of various committees within the NCAA that have influence over policy and legislation (ManCo, Leg. Com., Champ. Com., Pres Coun., SAAC...). These were areas that we were not proactive enough with until it may have been too late. Let's be prepared to make our case earlier for phase II initiatives.

  • Deanne: Spoke w/ her AD (on ManCo) and he said that anything that can be legislated within our non-championship segment may be looked at for phase II. This includes, but by no means is limited to, legislation having to do with number of contests, the 24/45 rule, 20 & 8 hour countable hour limitations and so forth.

  • Sean: Perhaps we should also take stock of GPA's comparisons in our survey? Comparisons within the team (semester-to-semester) and within the institution (student-athlete vs. non student-athlete)?

  • Lynze: surveying SAAC members might be a good idea as well. How do they feel about the time commitments involved in their non-championship segment?

  • Cody: There are timelines involved, most important being when we can communicate our feelings to the various committees. Management Council is the first to meet, usually in April. We should have a survey designed, completed and analyzed by then for sure, so we can make our point a little more concisely with numbers they may ‘need' to see.

2. Sand VB

Legislation was approved at the NCAA convention for D-II Sand volleyball.

3. HCC Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each conference rep to be on the monthly calls, or find a replacement if they can't. Additionally, it is imperative that any communication sent to the coaches be forwarded on to their conference constituencies.

IV. Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Wednesday February 17th at 1 pm central time. The Sub-Committee to develop the survey will meet on conference call before then.



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