September 21, 2011


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes

September 21, 2011 * 1:00 p.m. EST*

Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State, also sitting in for Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.
Heather Vahjen, Erskine
Sean Donahue, St. Edward's
Jessica Rinehart, Northwest Missouri State
Melissa Wolters, West Florida
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State
Megan Hrbek, Caldwell
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma
Zach Shaver, Indiana University (Pa.)
Chuck  Waddington, Angelo State
Katie O'Brien, Montevallo
Allison Magner, Academy of the Art
Ashley Buckley, Augustana
Lynze Roos, Lynn
Lorelee Smith, Lewis
Shellane Ogoshi, CW Post
Ben Briney, Truman State
Kristy Bayer, Arkansas Tech
Diane sitting in for Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks

Kelly Wengerter, American International
Linda Bell, Elizabeth City State
Michael Robinson, Tusculum
Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine
Jamie Skadeland, Colorado School of Mines

Meeting Called to Order: 2:00 p.m. EST


I. Welcome (Cody)
Cody began the call by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their time.

II. AVCA Update (Leah)
Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:

Convention Registration: Be sure and sign up to attend the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention! Early bird deadline is November 4. Visit the Convention website for more details and to register:

Important Convention Hotel Notice! The AVCA wants to make you aware of a scam being operated by a company representing themselves as "Convention Housing Services" for the AVCA Convention hotels. This week the AVCA learned there is an unscrupulous company based in Las Vegas that is calling and/or e-mailing AVCA convention speakers and possibly others claiming they are "AVCA Convention Housing Services" and offering to make reservations at the Grand Hyatt. Please be aware this company is in no way affiliated with the AVCA and has not been authorized to act on behalf of the association. Do not give your personal information to this company!  The AVCA does not have an agreement with any outside groups to market the convention hotels.

Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship: Help us spread the word about the 2011 Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship! Applications are available on the AVCA Website ( and are due to the AVCA office by Friday, October 7. Please encourage any of your student-athletes (or other students you work with) to apply for this scholarship to attend the Convention in San Antonio. Eight scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship is intended for current college students (can include graduate assistants) who want to pursue a coaching career after college. The scholarship will cover hotel accommodations and convention registration. We also need your help with the funding of this program! Any donation amount helps! You can donate via the link above and we appreciate, in advance, your help!

Minority Coaches Scholarship: Scholarships are now available and are due by Friday, October 7. Thanks to a grant supplied by the NCAA, the AVCA Minority Coaches Committee will scholarship twelve female minority coaches to attend the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention in San Antonio. The grant will cover up to $800 of travel and hotel accommodations as well as convention registration. Applications can be downloaded here:

AVCA Fall Webinar Series: The fall webinar series is available for purchase! For more information on the different presentations, visit here:

Coaching Volleyball 2.0: For several years, the AVCA has desired to give our members more issues of Coaching Volleyball magazine. Now, we are able to do that thanks to technology that has been developed by our tech team. To view the all-new issue of Coaching Volleyball 2.0, head to the Coaching Education section of the AVCA web site:

2011 NCSA/AVCA Fall Girls' Talent Showcase Coaches Pre-Registration: Starting October 3, coaches can register to attend the talent showcase held on Sunday, December 18 held in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention. You must have your convention badge to enter the event. Registration is free and coaches will receive the information on the athletes prior to the start of the event.

III. Chair Reports (Cody)

1.         Season Extension Update

A.  The AVCA put together a position paper for the NCAA committees in favor of extending the volleyball season by one week. The Championships Committee did pass the recommendation to extend the season, now the issue will go to the Management Council to vote on in October. Those that object to the proposal are mainly concerned with the extension causing a conflict in facility scheduling.  The SAAC will also be given this material to review and vote on sometime beginning in October.
                        I. Please distribute this paper to coaches in your conference.

                                    II. Have a deliberate conversation on your campus, in your conference meetings and wherever it may help the discussion.

2.         The HCC will begin using Yammer ( as a tool of interacting with each other about important issues, topics, events, etc. occurring in Division II volleyball. You should have received an e-mail invitation to join the Yammer group from Leah Brock. If you did not receive an invitation, please let Leah know. Yammer is available for use by all HCC member coaches at any time. Please feel free to engage in dialogue as often as you would like.

V. Next Meeting

The next HCC call will take place on Yammer. An agenda will be sent on October 19th.  

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