Presenter Profiles


Dr. Tristan Burton, assistant men's coach, UC San Diego

Tristan Burton began coaching high school and juniors club volleyball while in graduate school at Stanford University.  Upon completion of his degree, he took a position as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and continued to coach at the collegiate and club levels. For the last two years he has been coaching with the UC San Diego men's volleyball team.  Dr. Burton draws from the academic disciplines of physics and mathematics to study the game as a scientist and to improve his players as a coach.


Amanda Carmichael, director of client services, Scoutware

In the last four years at Scoutware Amanda Carmichael has visited more than 200 campuses and worked directly with over 3,500 coaches across all divisions and sports helping them get the most out of their email communications.  She has specifically helped them utilize technology to reach their goals in areas such as recruiting, camps, fundraising, alumni and marketing. Prior to Scoutware Amanda spent four years as the Assistant Golf Coach and Operations Director of the Men's and Women's Golf teams at UCLA.  During her time at UCLA, her teams captured 3 Pac-10 team titles, and a Women's NCAA Championship in 2004.


Detire Collins-Parker, head coach, San Diego State University

Deitre Collins-Parker is going into her first season as the head coach at San Diego State University, having spent the past 13 seasons as head coach at Cornell and UNLV.  In addition to her coaching, Collins-Parker is well known for being one of the best middle blockers to have ever played collegiately.  On top of winning two national championships and earning three AVCA All-American honors during her collegiate career at the University of Hawai'i, Collins-Parker won the Broderick Cup Award, signifying the nation's top female collegiate athlete, the first volleyball player to ever receive that distinction  

Kathy DeBoer, executive director, AVCA

Kathy DeBoer has been the Executive Director of the AVCA since February 1, 2006.  Under DeBoer's direction, AVCA membership has grown by over 27%, and its Annual Convention attendance has increased by nearly 30%.  She is the architect behind such projects as the AVCA's partnership with the Junior Volleyball Directors Association, an organization dedicated to growing junior volleyball, and the Affiliate Partner Program, created to engage the often-overlooked high school sector.  DeBoer envisions the AVCA as an organization that creates opportunities for volleyball representatives from all levels to work together for the betterment of the sport.


Dr. Gil Fellingham, Ph.D. statistician, BYU

Gil Fellingham is a Professor of Statistics at BYU who has also coached volleyball at both the secondary and collegiate levels.  He is currently serving as chair of the Section on Statistics in Sports of the American Statistical Association.  With over 70 peer reviewed publications in the general area of health and  human performance, he brings an academic perspective grounded in reality to the study of volleyball.


Cody Hein, head women's coach, Chico State

Cody Hein has been the head women's volleyball coach at Chico State for seven seasons.  Hein took the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 for the first time in 14 years, and earned the most victories for the school, 21, since 1993.  He has taken them back to the tournament the two years since.  Hein came to Chico State from Florida Tech University, where his 2001 team broke the school record for wins in a season.  Hein now holds a career mark of 136-121 as a Division II head coach.


T.J. Meagher, assistant athletics director, University of Houston

T.J. Meagher is in his second year as Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Special Projects at the University of Houston. Meagher budgets and applies $5 million worth of athletics financial aid while overseeing the organization of records for over 400 student-athletes.  He came to Houston after seven years of collegiate volleyball, most recently as the head women's coach at Campbell University from 1998-00.  Meagher is also the Legislative Representative to Board of Directors for the AVCA.


Ryan Millar, U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team

Ryan Millar, a three-time AVCA First-Team All-American at BYU, helped the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team to its first gold medal in 20 years in 2008.  The 6-8 middle blocker started every match in Beijing, and ranked eighth among all scorers in points with 97.  He was also co-head coach for the BYU men's volleyball team during the 2007 season.  Millar is the creator of The Next Level volleyball camps, which he directs from April until October. 


 John Sample, director, Texas Advantage Volleyball Club

John Sample is the director of Texas Advantage Volleyball Club and a member of the Junior Volleyball Directors Association Board of Directors.  As a member of the JVDA, Sample has been instrumental in carrying out their initiative on youth volleyball, launching the VolleyTots program, and the inaugural VolleyTots tour.  For more information on the VolleyTots program, go to  

Becky Schmidt, head women's coach, Hope College

Becky Schmidt made her mark on Hope volleyball as a student-athlete and is now doing it as coach of the Flying Dutch program for five seasons.  The 2008 Flying Dutch won more than 20 matches for the fourth consecutive season en route to winning the MIAA championship, the second under coach Schmidt's direction.  The 2008 team posted a 26-7 record. Schmidt's five-year record at Hope is 121-58 (.678). Her collegiate coaching record, which includes three seasons at the University of Redlands, Calif., is 159-90 (.639).


Kelly Sheffield, head women's coach, University of Dayton

Kelly Sheffield took the Dayton Fliers to a 21-13 record and the NCAA Tournament in his first season as head coach.  Sheffield came to UD after seven seasons as the head coach at Albany. A two-time America East Conference Coach of the Year, Sheffield led the Great Danes to three trips to the NCAA Tournament including a berth in the second round this past season. Albany won back-to-back Conference Tournament Championships under Sheffield and three titles in his last four years. Albany volleyball won 20 matches or more in four out of five seasons.  Dayton's Frericks Center is the third-largest volleyball-only facility in college volleyball, and was featured in the October/November 2008 issue of Coaching Volleyball for its success in drawing fans to its matches during the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.


Billy Stone, executive producer, CBS College Sports

Billy Stone is currently executive producer for CBS College Sports' Alt Games-College Action Sports Championships and was on the original launch team in 2002 for CSTV, which later was sold to CBS.  He has been the coordinating producer for more than 350 CSTV sporting events, as well as the creator of some of the network's most popular original programs.  His programs alone have created a subsidy revenue stream of more than $1.5 million for the network.  Stone has literally spent his entire adult life - and even some years before that - working in the broadcast industry.  As a former college basketball player for American University, he brings a love of athletics and an understanding for how sports work on and off camera.   



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