The AVCA was incorporated as a private non-profit educational corporation in 1981. The original AVCA Board of Directors consisted of eight NCAA Division I collegiate coaches. A part-time executive director administered programs.
As the AVCA began to grow and diversify, a full time executive director was hired in July 1983. An associate director was hired in April 1986 and an administrative assistant in September 1988.
The Association moved from San Mateo, Calif., to Colorado Springs, Colo., in Aug. 1992. The staff increased to the following positions: executive director, director of membership and convention services, director of media relations, media relations assistant, manager of member and financial services, director of corporate partnerships, director of events and awards, manager of membership and convention services, and an office assistant. In addition, the Association employs interns and other part-time people.
In 1986, the Board was increased to 13 members, and in 1987 (about 150 new members per year), followed by a 106% boom in 1988. Since 1986, high school membership has more than tripled. The AVCA has members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as numerous international members. At the collegiate level, all major NCAA conferences are represented and membership among the club coaches has risen dramatically.
The original members of the AVCA were all intercollegiate coaches who banned together to unite this particular coaching body. They have been the backbone of the association's existence and a united voice determining volleyball's future.
At the San Francisco convention in 1986 the membership recognized the growing and developing high school and club communities. The name of the association was changed to reflect these growing constituencies. From the original Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association, the American Volleyball Coaches Association was born with the intent of responding to and serving all volleyball coaches.
Kathy DeBoer was hired as executive director in February 2006, and in July 2006, AVCA headquarters moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Lexington, Ky., signing with IMG Associations (formerly Host Communications) to manage the organization. In the first two years partnering with IMG, association membership has increased 56%, including passing the 4,000 mark for the first time in its history, and annual convention attendance has increased by nearly 30%.
At the 2009 Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla., the AVCA reached two key milestones. Association membership reached the 5,000-member mark for the first time in association history, and over 2,000 people attended the '09 Convention, surpassing the previous high of 1,700 by 18%.
In March 2010, IMG Associations was bought by Associations International. AI is a Lexington-based management company and continues to manage the AVCA which currently has over 6,200 members.