AVCA Adds Olympic Gold Medalist to Conference Line-up


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ryan Millar, member of the 2008 U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team, and former men's volleyball co-head coach at Brigham Young University, has been added to the line-up of speakers at the 2009 AVCA Spring Conference.  Millar, also a former standout player for BYU, will present two sessions as part of the conference, including lending his expertise during the Semi-Final Match Analysis.


"Adding Ryan Millar, an Olympic Gold Medalist, to a line-up that already includes a four-time Olympic team advisor and three of our best college coaches clearly makes this Spring Conference one of the strongest line-ups of talent ever offered by the AVCA," said Kathy DeBoer, AVCA Executive Director.  "And, we should be doing our best work during this recession as we must give our coaches value in exchange for the time and money they are investing in improving their programs."


Millar adds to an already stellar cast of presenters at the 2009 AVCA Spring Conference that includes Carl McGown, Terry Pettit, Mary Wise and Beth Launiere, headlining a collection of speakers that boast multiple Olympic Gold Medals and NCAA National Championships, as well as expertise in all facets of the game, from x's and o's to marketing, stats, recruiting and more.


Millar, a three-time AVCA First-Team All-American while at BYU, helped the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team to its first gold medal in 20 years.  The 6-8 middle blocker started every match in Beijing, and ranked eighth among all scorers in points with 97.  He was co-head coach for the BYU men's volleyball team during the 2007 season.


Millar is also the creator of The Next Level volleyball camps, which he directs from April until October.  For more information on The Next Level volleyball camps, go to www.ryanmillar.com.


The 2009 AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills will be held in Provo, Utah, at BYU May 7-9.  To register or for more information, click here.

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