May 13, 2009


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes

May 13, 2009 * 1 p.m. CT *


Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State

Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State

Karla Decker, Lander

Bren Stevens, Charleston

Ibraheem Suberu, Pittsburg State

Tom Justice, Lock Haven

Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama

Megan Hrbek, Caldwell

Tracy Rietzke, Rockhurst University

Sean Donahue, St. Edwards

Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma

Patricia Mickow, St. Cloud State

Debbie Hendricks, Metropolitan State

Phil Shoemaker sitting in for Jared Sliger, Northwest Nazarene

Tim Loesch, Limestone

Kris Naber, Grand Canyon

Alex Koszalka, Dowling

Jill Stephens sitting in for Lynze Roos, Lynn



Karen McNulty, UMass-Lowell

Shannon Mincey, Carson-Newman

Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine



Meeting Called to Order: 1 p.m. CT



I. Welcome.  (Cody)

Cody began the call by welcoming everyone and thanked the HCC for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in the call. He then gave his report.


II. AVCA Update (Leah)

Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:


1.)               2009 Spring Conference update: The AVCA saw a 317% increase in attendance of this year's Spring Conference event, held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship in Provo, UT. 125 coaches of all levels attended the event and were able to choose from 27 different educational options. Stanford University will host the 2010 Spring Conference and NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship.

2.)               Make your plans now for the JVDA 2009 National Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on June 27-30. This year the AVCA and JDVA will be teaming up to conduct at Girls' Talent Showcase in conjunction with the JDVA Championships event. The Talent Showcase will be held Friday, June 26, with four different waves of participants ranging in graduation years from 2010-2012.

3.)               The AVCA has joined the social networking scene with recently launched pages on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Join the AVCA community on each of these platforms to receive the latest updates of everything AVCA!
4.)               The AVCA will be conducting a webinar on Sand Volleyball, Wednesday, May 19 at 1 p.m. ET. This webinar, titled NCAA Sand Volleyball: An Overview of DII Legislative Options, Presented by Sports Imports, is free to all AVCA members. An email will be sent to all members with instructions for signing up.


5.)               AVCA Hall of Fame nominations are open, with the deadline to nominate an individual being July 10th. Instructions on how to nominate an individual will be forthcoming.


III. Chair Reports

  • 1.) Cody briefly discussed the May Board Report with the committee. The AVCA, due to the impact of the recession, has experienced some difficulties with sponsorship opportunities and investments. It was a down year financially, however, the outlook is 2-3 times better than post-convention projections. The '09 Tampa Convention was discussed. Presenters are still needed (both on and off-court). If interested, please contact the AVCA as soon as possible.
  • 2.) Bylaw 17 status: Discussion continues about Bylaw 17 and the Championship Changes.
  • Cody urged the committee to get in good with one person who is on one of the NCAA Committees and make sure they understand the Division II coaches' concerns.
  • Bren Stevens is on the NCAA Division II Management Council. She has an approaching meeting with this committee and could like feedback to take with her to the meeting. HCC members are encouraged to contact Bren with their feedback.
  • The meeting dates for the various NCAA Committees are as follows:

NCAA Championship Committee - June 22-24

NCAA Legislative Committee - June 24-26

NCAA Management Council - July 20-21

  • If at all possible, engage in dialogue with members of the committees with your suggestions
  • Deanne Scanlon reminded members that her Athletic Director is the President of the DII Management Council.
    • She agrees with organizing something and thinks it might be a good idea to attack the issue from a student-athlete point of view
    • Suggested a possible survey to gauge student-athlete input
  • Bren Stevens advised the HCC that the national SAAC will meet with the management council in July.
  • From listening to previous dialogue in Management Council meetings, she informed the HCC of some potential changes, these being:
    • Possibly cutting play dates by 10%
    • Potentially cutting spring season. However, it was also discussed that this probably wouldn't be the answer and wouldn't save a lot of money.
    • The biggest possibility thus far would be moving the season back a week
  • Bren also mentioned that the committee was really looking at going through the process slower and getting more information.
  • Ibraheem Subaru again stressed the importance on educating SAAC on the issues.
  • Bren encouraged the HCC again to email or call her with any ideas or suggestions.
  • Bo Pagliasotti mentioned discrepancies with report dates...suggested possibly cutting the report date/making it later
  • Debbie Hendricks also mentioned keeping an equitable amount of practice opportunities prior to school starting.
  • 3.) Sand Volleyball Legislative Info: Sand volleyball has passed the vote for approval as an NCAA Emerging Sport in Division I. On the Division II front, legislation has been drafted and is going through the cycle. The HCC members were all emailed the drafted legislation. There was a concern among the HCC members that the so-called "hierarchy" in dealing with equivalencies, is not directly mentioned in the proposed draft. Cody will arrange a phone call with TJ Meagher to speak with him about the concern.


IV. Additional Agenda Items

  • 1.) GLIAC Sponsored Rules Change Survey: Deanne Scanlon addressed the HCC about the rules change proposal that the GLIAC plans to sponsor. The conference is seeking to increase the number of subs allotted in a set (currently the limit is 12). The GLIAC would love some feedback from DII coaches about this subject. Wick Colchagoff at Findlay has developed a survey about the rules proposal, which is an electronic document and very brief. So far, there have been 91 respondents to the survey, with 61 of those surveyed favoring an increase in substitutions. Please forward the survey to your colleagues and get the word out to fill out the survey.
  • 2.) HCC Rotational Updates: Cody took a minute to thank those members of the HCC whose conference rotations will end at the end of the call. He also recognized the new HCC members who will replace those who are rotating off beginning in August. Conferences rotating off this year are: California Collegiate, Great Lakes Valley, Northern Sun, South Atlantic and Southern Intercollegiate.


Cody wrapped up the meeting by again thanking the HCC members for taking the time to be on the call.


Meeting adjourned: 1:55 p.m.

VII. Next Meeting

The next meeting will be in August of 2009


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