Wednesday, October 24, 2012


< back


Division I Head Coaches Committee Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)

Call led by Kevin Hambly, Division I Representative, University of Illinois


1.  Legislative Update (Tonya Johnson & Kathy DeBoer)  

Tonya reviewed a document of legislative proposals that could potentially have an impact on volleyball. That document will be distributed to all AVCA Division I member head coaches. Kathy noted these proposals will be open for discussion at the NCAA Convention in January 2013. The proposals will not go through the normal legislation voting process. Presidents will vote on the proposals in the spring of 2013 and implementation would occur in August 2013 for those proposals that fit in that timeline or in 2014 for all others.

Kathy mentioned that financial resources between conferences vary significantly and the NCAA does not want to regulate things that create an advantage or disadvantage based on finances.  Thus, conferences will have the power to make rules more restrictive at their discretion.

Tonya noted the memo sent from the AVCA addressing the issues of coaches working club and the May quiet period has not yet been discussed at the NCAA level. Those issues will be addressed in the future. At this time college coaches are still free to work with clubs and there is no change on the May quiet period.


2.  Marketing Sub-Committee Update (Jamie Gordon)

Jamie spoke with Mary Eiland, Director of Branding with the NCAA, regarding the NCAA allowing marketing pieces to be sent out prior to the selection of host schools for the first two rounds of the championship. The NCAA has agreed to this type of pre-selection marketing so schools that appear likely to host matches in the first two rounds will be given marketing support to help drive ticket sales. Jamie is waiting on an answer from Mary to determine if this support is something the NCAA can offer to schools this year.

The NCAA has assigned a staff person to assist schools with marketing tickets at the regional host sites. The NCAA and sub-committee are discussing a plan to ask other schools in the same area as the regional host schools to help with marketing tickets. For example, Butler could be asked to help promote regional tickets because they are in the same area as West Lafayette, Indiana.


3.  Sand Volleyball Sub-Committee Update (Kathy DeBoer)  

Kathy said the number of schools sponsoring sand volleyball has increased to at least 22 this season with the potential of 5 more from northern California. Kathy expects to have more than 40 schools playing by the 2013-14 season. The NCAA requires a minimum of 40 schools to participate in a sport for two years before they will sponsor a championship. It is expected the NCAA will take over sponsorship of the sand championship in the 2015-16 season.


4.  Women/Family/Life Balance and Coaching (Arlisa Williams)

Arlisa reported the group has started a facebook page focused on women in coaching and life balance issues. In addition, a seminar will be held at the AVCA Convention titled "The Ultimate Balancing Act: Tips for Succeeding as a Mom and Coach." Arlisa mentioned the group would meet more regularly after the season was over and the coaches had more time.


5.  AVCA Update (Jason Jones)

The AVCA Convention will be held December 12 - 16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Coaches are encouraged to register by the November 2nd early registration discount deadline in order to save money on their registration package. Hotel rooms are now limited or sold out at many of the convention hotels so coaches are encouraged to make their reservations soon. Match times for the NCAA Championships are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET for the semifinals on Thursday, December 13 and 7 p.m. ET for the finals on Saturday, December 15.  More information on hotel rates, registration pricing packages and a preliminary schedule can be found by clicking here

The following is the Division I meeting schedule at the convention:


Division I HCC Meeting                 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.          Wednesday, Dec. 12

Division I Conference Meetings   4:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Wednesday, Dec. 12

Division I General Meeting           8:30 - 11 a.m.             Thursday, Dec. 13

Division I HCC Meeting*               1:30 - 3 p.m.               Friday, Dec. 14

*Kevin Hambly will determine if this meeting will be held.

The AVCA is again hosting a recruiting event for college coaches called the Phenom College Prep Program (formerly Talent Showcase). This recruiting event is for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and two-year college players. There are three waves of participants and an expected 336 total student-athletes. Each wave lasts for 90 minutes with a breakdown of 8:30 - 10 a.m., 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Coaches planning to attend this event should book their travel for late Sunday afternoon.  More information on the Phenom Program can be found by clicking here. Coaches who are planning to attend should pre-register by clicking on this link Those that pre-register will be sent information on each participant prior to the event.

The nomination deadline for high school student-athletes to be considered for the Under Armour All-America program is Monday, October 29. The high school coach of the nominee must be an active member of the AVCA in order to be considered. Any college coach that believes they have a recruit that is an All-American candidate is asked to contact the high school and make sure the student-athlete is nominated.

Thank you to all coaches who participated in the Salary & Program Support Survey. The AVCA is working on compiling the data now and final results will be sent out to coaches that participated in November.  


6.  New Business

Pedro Gonzalez from Hampton asked the committee for assistance with getting his assistant coach approved for an H1B visa. His assistant has a psychology degree and up to this point the visa has been denied because it was determined a psychology degree did not directly apply to coaching. Any coach who has a psychology degree or that knows a volleyball coach with a psychology degree is asked to contact Pedro at


7.  Next committee call Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ET


8.  Roll Call                                                                     

< back