AVCA Celebrates Record Spring Conference
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association completed its most successful Spring Conference last weekend, the association announced today. Two-hundred (200) coaches, exhibitors and more descended upon the Arrillaga Family Sports Center on the campus of Stanford University for the AVCA's third-annual spring event.
"We have found our niche with this event!" said an exuberant Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of the AVCA. "The theme of exploring 21st century coaching skills is resonating with both our presenters and attendees. This is the event where we evaluate possibilities, whether in training the setter, teaching players to "read", or marketing your program through social media. Our growth from 30 participants to 200 in three short years indicates that our members have embraced this concept and are eager for this type of dialogue."
Presentations by John Dunning, Stanford head women's volleyball coach, Olympic silver-medalist and coach Sue Woodstra, as well as current U.S. Men's National Team head coach Alan Knipe highlighted three days of exceptional educational sessions. The exclamation point was added by the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship match Saturday evening, as Stanford defeated Penn State before a nearly-sold-out crowd of 6,635 at Maples Pavilion.
In three years of the AVCA Spring Conference, attendance to the event has grown by nearly 600%. The inaugural event in 2008 drew 30 attendees, while last year's attendance was 125. The record 200 attendees at this year's event exceeds last year's mark by 60%. All of this comes after the AVCA's record-breaking 2009 Annual Convention, which drew over 2,000 attendees to Tampa, Fla.