Knipe Added to AVCA Conference Line-Up, Early Rate Deadline Extended


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today that Alan Knipe, new head coach of the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, will take part in the 2009 AVCA Spring Conference May 7-9 in Provo, Utah.  Knipe will present the Semi-Final Match Analysis on Friday morning, alongside gold-medalists Carl McGown and Ryan Millar.

The AVCA also announced the extension of its early-bird registration deadline for the event to Friday, April 10.  Attendees now have an extra week from the original early registration date, Friday, April 3.

Knipe is currently the head men's volleyball coach at Long Beach State University, where he has led that program for nine years.  He will take a leave of absence from the school, and lead the U.S. Men's Team through the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial, which concludes with the 2012 London Games.

Knipe takes over for Hugh McCutcheon, who guided the U.S. Men's Team to victories at the 2008 FIVB World League and the Beijing Olympics. McCutcheon took over the U.S. Women's Team in January.

The AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills is being held in conjunction with the 2009 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Presenters such as Knipe, McGown, Millar, Terry Pettit, Mary Wise, Beth Launiere and others give this event a line-up full of distinguished speakers that rivals any the AVCA has put together.

To sign up for the 2009 AVCA Spring Conference at the early-bird rate, click here and register no later than Friday, April 10.


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