AVCA Celebrates 5,000th Member at 2009 Tampa Convention
TAMPA, Fla. (December 17, 2009) - The 2009 AVCA Annual Convention has kicked off in Tampa, Fla., where the largest event to date will be under way for the next four days. The organization celebrated a major milestone at Thursday's jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, when it announced Club Crimson coach Amy Pauly of Tuscaloosa, Ala. as its 5,000th member.
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, so did the staff. 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.
In July 2006, the AVCA headquarters moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Lexington, Ky., signing with IMG Associations (formerly Host Communications) to manage the organization. In the three years since the IMG-AVCA partnership, membership in the AVCA grew from 3,200 in 2006 to 4,000 in the summer of 2007 to its current membership of 5,000. In those years, the association has also held the four largest annual conventions in its history, and new projects in partnership with other IMG divisions have enabled AVCA to advance the sport of volleyball in many ways.
In another exciting announcement made during the jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, the Women's National Volleyball Association (WNVA) unveiled its plans to form a professional indoor volleyball league. The league, spearheaded by owner Ron De Shay and famed agent Leigh Steinberg of Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, will aim to fill the void between the exceptional popularity of volleyball nationally and internationally and the absence of the indoor game as a professional sport in the United States. More information can be found by visiting the WNVA Web site http://www.thewnva.com/