AVCA Adds Awards Program for NAIA Men’s Volleyball
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today it has added an awards program for NAIA men's volleyball. The inaugural awards are to include one, ten-person All-America Team, as well as a National Player and National Coach of the Year.
"This is a good day for the AVCA," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "While we celebrate the addition of each new program, it is especially exciting to promote the excellence of the men's collegiate game. We also are always pleased to extend our partnership with the NAIA."
The nomination period for the inaugural AVCA NAIA Men's All-America Team will open Wednesday, April 7, and conclude on Monday, April 12, with honors announced on April 27. The AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year will be announced May 12.
The NAIA men's volleyball game continues to grow in scope and stature; it currently boasts 17 teams, with Robert Morris University in Illinois scheduled to start in 2011. Its only conference, the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference, or MAMVIC, consists of 14 teams spread into two divisions, West and East. Each season concludes with a National Tournament, which was won by Lindenwood University a year ago.
The AVCA features an extensive awards program that recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes and coaches each year. In addition to All-America and Coach of the Year awards for men's programs at the NCAA and now NAIA levels, the AVCA also honors All-Americans and Coaches of the Year for NCAA, NAIA, Two-Year College and NCCAA women's teams.