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John DunningJohn Dunning, head women's coach, Stanford University

Training your Setter to be a Difference Maker (Friday 8:30 a.m.)

Five Essentials for Success in Coaching (Saturday 8:30 a.m.)

John Dunning has won four national championships and nearly 700 matches as an NCAA Division I head coach, first as head coach at Pacific, where he won his first two national championships, and now as head coach at Stanford.  He ranks among the top 10 NCAA Division I coaches all-time in winning percentage, as well as the top 10 NCAA Division I active coaches in career wins.

In nine seasons at Stanford, he has led the Cardinal to the NCAA championship match six times, winning twice.  His setters have made an AVCA All-America Team in four of the past five seasons.


Alan KnipeAlan Knipe, head coach, U.S. Men's National Team

Swing Blocking: Theory and Practice (Saturday 2:15 p.m.)

Alan Knipe began as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team in April 2009, taking a leave of absence from Long Beach State, where he has been the head men's coach for the past nine years.  Knipe led a young U.S. team to victory at the World Championship Qualifier, a second-place finish at the NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth-place finish at World League.

This session was presented at the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention in Tampa, and received a rating of "9 out of 10" and was described as "very informative."

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Sue WoodstraSue Woodstra, two-time Olympic silver medalist; head women's coach, Humboldt State University

The Forearm Pass - Learning from One of the Best (Friday 2:15 p.m.)

Sue Woodstra won the silver medal as a primary passer and outside hitter with the U.S. Women's Team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, as part of an impressive eight-year National Team career, which included serving as team captain for four seasons.  Woodstra was then an assistant coach to "Jenny" Lang Ping on the U.S. squad that won silver in Beijing during the summer of 2008.  Woodstra has spent time on the coaching staffs of Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Cal.  She is currently the head coach at Humboldt State.


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Arnie Ball, head men's coach, IPFW

Raising Funds to Support Your Program (Friday 4:45 p.m.)

Arnie Ball has been head men's volleyball coach at IPFW for 30 years.  Entering the 2010 season, Ball had amassed 472 career wins and has taken the Mastodons to the NCAA semifinals six times, including a NCAA runner-up finish in 2007.  During his tenure at IPFW, 15 players have been named AVCA All-American and two have gone on to play in the Olympics.

In addition to coaching his team well, Ball has also been a great CEO of his program. He has built not only a significant fan following for his men's program at IPFW, but he has also put together an endowment that will guarantee the program's long-term future.

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Ray Bechard, head women's coach, University of Kansas

Drill Design - Cooperative to Competitive (Friday 11:00 a.m.)

Ray Bechard has been the head coach at Kansas for the past 12 seasons, and is currently serving as AVCA President. Bechard, who has won over 900 matches in his collegiate head coaching career, has established himself as the Jayhawks' winningest and longest-serving coach.

Bechard also spent 13 years as the head coach at Barton County Community College,  where he posted a career record of 716-60 (.923 winning percentage). He completed his career at BCCC with the highest all-time winning percentage among junior college/community college coaches and ranked fourth all-time with 716 career wins. Bechard was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998.


Tom Black, head women's coach, Loyola Marymount University

Serving: The Great Equalizer When Playing More Physical Teams (Saturday 10:50 a.m.)

Tom Black will begin his first season at Loyola Marymount in 2010, after spending the past five seasons as head women's coach at UC San Diego, his alma mater.

Black has intensely studied serving because the nature of his situation demanded it. UC San Diego is the only NCAA Division II school in the nation not offering scholarships, so he knew he wasn't going to win matches by being more physical than his opponent. He decided that serving could be the "great equalizer" and knew how critical it was towards winning volleyball matches.

Despite the disadvantage in relation to scholarships, Black's UC San Diego teams won 80% of their matches during his tenure, reached the NCAA Tournament four times, and have been ranked in the top ten of the AVCA poll 20 times, climbing as high as the No. 2 spot in 2009.


Deitre Collins-Parker, former Olympic Team middle hitter; head coach, San Diego State University

Middle Hitter Offense: How to Hit a Variety of Sets (presented by the AVCA Minority Coaches Committee) (Friday 1:00 p.m.)

While Deitre Collins-Parker played middle hitter at Hawai'i, she was a two-time AVCA National Player of the Year and was the first volleyball player to be awarded the Broderick Cup, given to the nation's best collegiate athlete across all sports.   Collins-Parker was also the starting middle hitter on the 1988 U.S. Women's Olympic Team.  She has played in over 130 international matches and earned bronze medals at the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1987 Pan-Am Games.

As a collegiate head coach, she won three Ivy League titles in five years as head coach at Cornell, and just completed her first season at San Diego State, trying to turn around an Aztec program that won only nine matches in 2008.  Collins-Parker was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2008, and was given the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award during the 2009 NCAA Convention.


Linda Hampton, assistant women's coach, Texas Christian University
Mark Drosos, co-founder, Lodestone Social Media

Using Social Media to Promote Your Team (presented by the AVCA Minority Coaches Committee) (Saturday 9:40 a.m.)

Linda Hampton recently finished her fifth season as assistant coach at Texas Christian University. Mark Drosos co-founded Lodestone Social Media in Austin, Texas.

While at TCU, Hampton has been instrumental in using social media to promote the Horned Frog volleyball program.  The TCU Facebook page currently has over 2,500 fans, including someone who gets honored as Fan of the Week each week.  The site also promotes tickets, camps, and other events, as well as promoting the current roster.

Drosos's Lodestone is a marketing agency that focuses on marketing through social media. Its purpose is to develop a relationship between your brand and consumers. Lodestone provides a myriad of social programs, and their expertise includes social applications, online communities, mobile activation and more.

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John Kosty, head men's coach, Stanford University

Exploring New Roles for the Libero (Friday 3:30 p.m.)

John Kosty has been on the Stanford men's volleyball staff for 20 years, including four as head coach.  Kosty was an assistant with the 1997 squad that won the national championship.  His libero, Erik Shoji, was an AVCA First-Team All-American and AVCA Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2009.

When the setter plays the first ball, many offenses stall.  See what Stanford is doing to keep options open for multiple attackers and second tempo choices. 


Jamie Morrison, assistant coach/technical coordinator, U.S. Women's National Team

Teaching your Players to "Read" Using Video Technology (Saturday 1:00 p.m.)

Jamie Morrison was named the U.S. Women's National Team assistant coach/technical coordinator on March 7, 2009, a similar role he held with the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal winning U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team.

Morrison was responsible for match video analysis and statistics with the U.S. Men's National Team and implementing the data into training session plans and match-time decisions. He works directly with what the USA Women's National Team staff is doing to improve the situation-recognition skills of their players as well as improving their ability to "sense" what will happen next.

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Dr. Cecile Reynaud, former head women's coach, Florida State University

Talent Assessment and Seeing what a Player Can Be: The Key to Recruiting Success - (Moderator with Panel) (Friday 2:15 p.m.)

Team Defensive Concepts (Friday 4:45 p.m.)

Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a faculty member in the Sport Management program at Florida State University. Her distinguished career includes a long stint as head women's volleyball coach at Florida State University from 1976-2001, where she accumulated 636 wins and six conference championships

Reynaud, whose doctoral dissertation analyzed collegiate recruiting, developed a graduate level online coaching certificate at FSU which consists of four courses, one of which is athlete recruitment.  She is also a clinician for USA Volleyball, NACWAA and the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, and has published several books.

Reynaud is a popular AVCA Convention presenter and banquet emcee as well.  Her 2009 seminar on Training the Libero rated 9.3 out of 10, and was described as a "spirited presentation and lots of information."

Chris Bigelow, assistant women's coach, University of California
Cody Hein, head women's coach, Chico State
Katy Meyer, head women's coach, Embry-Riddle University

Talent Assessment and Seeing what a Player Can Be: The Key to Recruiting Success (with moderator Dr. Cecile Reynaud) (Friday 2:15 p.m.)

In this informative session, moderated by Dr. Cecile Reynaud, coaches from three different divisions will give their keys to recruiting at different levels of the sport. 

Chris Bigelow, who has been assistant coach at Cal since 1999, also had tenure at Wisconsin, Texas and Montana State; an NCAA Division I assistant coach for over 30 years, she is widely considered one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country.

Cody Hein completed his seventh year as Chico State's head volleyball coach and has taken the program to the NCAA Championship Tournament in three of the last four seasons.  Hein has now won over 100 matches at Chico State and over 150 matches as an NCAA Division II head coach.

Katy Meyer has been head coach at Embry-Riddle University in Arizona since 2000.  A former NCAA Division I player, Meyer has been coaching in the NAIA for nearly 10 years, and offers a good perspective on the differences in the two associations.


Mark Rosen, head women's coach, University of Michigan

Teaching your Outside Hitters to SCORE (Friday 9:45 a.m.)

Mark Rosen is the most successful coach in Michigan Wolverine history, with the program's most wins, most NCAA Tournament appearances and NCAA Tournament wins, including their run to the regional final in 2009.  His setter, Lexi Zimmerman, and outside hitter, Juliana Paz, were AVCA All-Americans in 2009; Zimmerman is the program's first two-time AVCA All-American.

Rosen has vaulted the Wolverines to national prominence, with U-M receiving votes or being ranked in the AVCA poll for the entire 2007 and 2008 campaigns. Following their hot start in 2009 at the Runza/AVCA College Volleyball Showcase, Michigan peaked at No. 6 in the nation for two weeks and remained in the top 16 for the remainder of the season, finishing at No. 9 after their NCAA Tournament run.


Tom Tait, former head men's & women's coach, Penn State University

What each Team Must do to Win: Semifinal Match Preview (Thursday 4:30 p.m.)

Tom Tait is the founder of both the Penn State men's and women's volleyball programs. He guided the women's squad from 1976-78 and compiled a 51-43-4 record before relinquishing those duties to focus on the men's volleyball program. Under Tait, the Penn State men's volleyball program reached the NCAA national semifinals five times and won 355 of 432 matches (355-88-9) between 1977 and 1988. The Nittany Lions finished national runners-up in 1982.

Tait was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2003, and honored with the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award in 2007. His relentless attention to detail and knowledge of both the men's and women's game will provide invaluable for this analysis of the four semifinal teams.  


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