AVCA Announces Four New Board Members


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 31, 2012) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce the election of four member coaches to the AVCA Board of Directors. Kevin Hambly, head coach at the University of Illinois, will serve as the new President Elect, and Jim Boos, head coach at University of Minnesota-Duluth, is the new Division II Representative. Also, Rob Slavin from the Massachusetts Girls' Volleyball Association has been elected as the High School Representative and Dave Weitl from the Washington Volleyball Academy has been elected as the Club Representative.

"I am so grateful to all the coaches who ran for these Board seats," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "The willingness of busy people to give their time in service of their colleagues is what allows the AVCA to thrive. These newly elected representatives are all experienced, thoughtful leaders in our community. They will challenge us to be relevant, innovative, and service-oriented."    

Their new positions will take effect January 1, 2012. Per AVCA Bylaws, President Anne Kordes will appoint a representative to fill the final year of Kevin Hambly's Division I Representative role on the Board.


Kevin Hambly - AVCA Board President Elect

In 2004, Hambly arrived at the University of Illinois as an assistant coach. After five years as an assistant, Hambly was named the head coach in January 2009. In his first season as head coach Illinois placed second in the Big Ten Conference and reached the third round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament. In his second year as head coach of the Fighting Illini, he guided the team to the sweet sixteen yet again.

In the 2011 season, his third year as head coach, Hambly's Fighting Illini swept the season series with four-time defending national champions Penn State. Both Volleyball Magazine (VBM) and AVCA polls ranked his team at #1 for four weeks. Later, during the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, he coached his squad to victory in one of the most memorable matches in school history with an upset over the AVCA Poll's #1 ranked team, USC. After guiding his Illinois team to an NCAA Tournament runner-up spot, Hambly was named VBM 2011 National Coach of the Year.


Jim Boos - NCAA Women's Division II Representative

Boos was named the head volleyball coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on July 24, 2002, becoming the school's fourth head volleyball coach since 1976.

A native of Delafield, Wis., Boos earned his Bachelor's degree in biology from UW-Oshkosh in 1994 and obtained a Master's degree in educational leadership from that same institution five years later. Boos served as an assistant coach for the Titans from 1992-98, helping guide the Titans to four NCAA III national tournaments, including a runner-up finish 1994. Three years prior to taking over as the Bulldogs' head man, Boos was an assistant at North Dakota State University, where he helped lead the Bison to their seventh-straight NCAA II Tournament in 2001. In addition to coaching at UMD, Boos serves on the AVCA Women's Division II Committee and received a NCC Legacy Award in 2007 (the only UMD representative to be so honored).

Boos wasted little time making his mark on the Bulldog volleyball program, as UMD secured its first-ever No.1 American Volleyball Coaches Association national ranking in school history on Oct. 15, 2002.

UMD's nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament have yielded two NCAA II Elite Eight appearances. Boos' squads have amassed an overall record of 269-52, giving him a career winning percentage of .834, which ranks fifth among active NCAA II coaches. His program-building experience and coaching success make him an ideal member of the AVCA Board.


Rob Slavin - High School Volleyball Representative

Rob Slavin has experienced great success at the high school level, having founded the volleyball program at Sacred Heart High School (Kingston, MA) in 1989 and coaching there until 2010. Over the course of his tenure, Slavin amassed over 400 career wins, 14 league titles and 11 Mayflower League Coach of the Year Awards. In 1999, Slavin was named as the Boston Globe Coach of the Year.

Slavin has been an active member of the AVCA since 1992 and has served on the High School All-American Committee since the program was started as both a regional and national representative. Slavin has also participated in the National Coach of the Year selection process for the past five years and has attended every AVCA Conference since 1994. As President of the Massachusetts Girls' Volleyball Association, Slavin helped grow membership from 28 to over 250 members. His experience will be a valuable asset as volleyball continues to grow at the high school level. 


Dave Weitl - Club Volleyball Representative

Dave Weitl has been coaching volleyball since 1993 and has experience at the club, junior high and high school levels. In 1998, Weitl founded the Washington Volleyball Academy, where he has served as the Club Director for the past 14 years. Aside from his day-to-day responsibilities with the WVA, Weitl has served on the Junior Volleyball Association Board since 2008, where he is currently Chair of the Education Committee.

Weitl has also served as the Board Chair of the Puget Sound region of USAV, a position he has held since 2010. He has been an active AVCA member for the last 15 years and has a passion for growing the sport of volleyball at the youth level. He will bring years of experience as a club director and a successful business background to the AVCA Board.

These four new board members will be stepping into shoes that were admirably filled by their predecessors. The AVCA is thankful for the leadership of Rob Patrick (Past President), Cody Hein (DII Representative), Jodi Manore (High School Representative) and John Sample (Club Representative).

"I can't thank Rob, Cody, Jodi, and John enough for their collective 20 years of service to the AVCA Board," said DeBoer. "They presided over some very difficult financial times for our organization, and helped lead us to stability and growth. Their sacrifices of time and money, willingness to teach, leadership of their constituent groups and contributions to our strategic vision make them quiet heroes to the AVCA and our members."   

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