AVCA Spring Conference Registration Now Open


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Registration for the 2010 AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills opened today, with a terrific line-up of speakers scheduled to present.  The conference, now in its third year, is scheduled for May 6-8 on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and is held in conjunction with the 2010 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship.

Coming off the record-breaking 2009 Tampa Convention, the AVCA is heading to the opposite coast with their second most popular event.  "We always strive to deliver the best volleyball coaching education in America," said Kathy DeBoer, AVCA Executive Director, "and the continued willingness of our top coaches to help us in that quest is mission-critical and intensely affirming."  John Dunning, the decorated women's head volleyball coach at Stanford, headlines the impressive list of presenters, along with U.S. Men's National Team head coach Alan Knipe, and Sue Woodstra, whose Olympic medalist performances span three decades. 

Dunning has won four national championships and nearly 700 matches as an NCAA Division I head coach.  In his nine seasons at Stanford, he has led the Cardinal to the NCAA championship match six times.

Knipe began as head coach of the U.S. Men's Team in April 2009, and led a young team to victory at the World Championship Qualifier, a second-place finish at the NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth-place finish at World League.  Woodstra won the silver medal as a primary passer and outside hitter with the U.S. Women's Team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, then was an assistant coach to "Jenny" Lang Ping on the squad that won silver in Beijing during the summer of 2008. She is currently the head women's coach at Humboldt State.

In addition to the headline presenters, the notable list of speakers includes Arnie Ball, men's head coach at IPFW and 2007 NCAA finalist; Ray Bechard, head women's coach at Kansas, current AVCA President, and winner of over 900 college volleyball matches; Chris Bigelow, assistant coach and ace recruiter at California; John Kosty, head men's coach at Stanford, who has been on that staff for 20 years, including as an assistant for their national championship in 1997; popular AVCA Convention clinician and former head coach at Florida State, Cecile Reynaud; Mark Rosen, the most successful head coach in University of Michigan history; and Tom Tait, 2007 USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award winner and former men's head coach and NCAA finalist at Penn State.

"This spring conference, in focusing on 21st Century Coaching Skills, is designed to once again offer a program that both challenges and engages participants in critical thinking about our sport." said DeBoer.  "From the technical/tactical material to the CEO skills necessary to be a successful coach, these nationally-recognized experts will expand your knowledge and excite you about what is possible with your team."  

A full list of presenters, registration and schedule information and much more can be found on the AVCA Spring Conference website, www.avca.org/springconference2010 .

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