September 22, 2010


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Division II Head Coaches Committee Conference Call Minutes

September 22, 2010 * 2:00 p.m. EST*

Roll Call:

Cody Hein, Chico State
Bren Stevens, Charleston
Deanne Scanlon, Grand Valley State
Sean Donahue, St. Edward's
Randi Smart, Cal State L.A.
Tabitha Turner sitting in for Stephanie Radecki, North Alabama
Bo Pagliasotti, Southwestern Oklahoma
Jessica Rinehart, Northwest Missouri State
Katie O'Brien, Montevallo
Zach Shaver, Indiana University (Pa.)
Jamie Skadeland, Colorado School of Mines
Lynze Roos, Lynn
Alex Koszalka, Dowling
Coach Adams sitting in for Selina Bynum-Kohn, Paine


Heather Vahjen, Erskine
Michael Robinson, Tusculum
Megan Hrbek, Caldwell
Linda Bell, Elizabeth City State
Carlos Chia, Northern Kentucky
Phil Shoemaker, Alaska-Fairbanks
Ashley Buckley, Augustana
Kris Naber, Grand Canyon


Meeting Called to Order: 2:00 p.m. EST



I. Welcome (Cody)
Cody began the call by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their time.

II. AVCA Update (Leah)
Leah gave a brief update on things going on at the AVCA. This included:

  • Online registration for the 2010 AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Mo. is open. The early-bird deadline to register for the convention is November 5. The Full Convention package for members is $345. After this, the price will increase to $445. The member price to attend the Full Convention plus the Pre Convention Seminar is $445. If you are looking to cut costs, be sure to check out the Travel Discounts that are available to you. There is also a place on the Convention web site to search for a roommate, should you wish to do so. The 2010 Convention will be from 15-19 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Check the AVCA web site next week for more details on hotels, accommodations, pricing and educational and social opportunities.
  • The AVCA will be continuing its AVCA Educational Timeouts webinar series with the recently-announced addition of three new webinars. Cecile Reynaud will be the featured speaker on October 5 and will speak on the topic "Leading Your Team Through the Doldrums." Strength coach Stephanie Tracey-Simmons will be on tap for the October 12 webinar ""Mid-Season Conditioning: The Quest to Keep Both Starters and Substitutes in Shape." Finally, Colorado State head coach Tom Hilbert's webinar, "Playing Your Best at the End of the Season," will be on October 26. The final webinar of the original fall series, "How to Use Last Night's Stats to Plan Today's Practice," will be conducted by University of Delaware head coach Bonnie Kenny on September 29.


Member pricing is $9.99 for each webinar and $19.99 for non-members.  Contact Kali Andress at or 859-425-5075 with any questions.  Instructions to participate in the webinars can be found below the webinar schedule on the AVCA Web Site. 

  • October 15th is the deadline to join or renew your membership in order for your team to be eligible for postseason awards. If you have a question on your membership, please contact AVCA Member Services.
  • The AVCA Facebook page is now over 5,000 fans and growing rapidly. If you are not following the AVCA on its social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger - we encourage you to do so. We have four regular blog columnists, former Penn State SID Jen Armson-Dyer, Terry Pettit, Phil Bush and Kathy DeBoer - and are posting new entries three times a week!
  • The Sportwide/AVCA Video Tip of the Week is new for 2010, and is an educational benefit for volleyball coaches.  Created by the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee, each video will be 90-seconds-to-two-minutes, featuring coaches giving solutions to a specific problem.  A new Sportwide/AVCA Video Tip of the Week will be posted each week through November on the AVCA Web site home page, Facebook, Twitter, as well as its YouTube Channel.
  • Applications for the AVCA Coaches-4-Coaches scholarship and the AVCA Minority Coaches Scholarship are due by October 8. For more information on either program, contact Amanda Brungs ( at the AVCA.
  • The Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Week is back again in 2010. If your team makes an outstanding play during a match that is caught on video tape, be sure to submit it to the AVCA for consideration! Each week's winners will go head-to-head at the end of the season to decide the Volleyball Market/AVCA Play of the Year, which will be announced at the AVCA Convention.

III. Chair Reports (Cody)
1. NCAA Dates: Rules change proposals are due by October 15
                           Management Council will meet October 18-19
                           Presidents Council will meet October 28
Concerning the rules change proposals, everyone should have received an email from Marcia Alterman and Fran Flory from the NCAA Rules Committee. If you are interested in submitting a rules change proposal, there is a link in the email that you will need to access.

2. If anyone is interested, there is a Life in the Balance Phase II email that allows you to communicate ideas and thoughts about the proposed legislation with the NCAA. The Division II membership may still share its feedback, ideas and thoughts for Life in the Balance Phase II by sending an email to Please note, this email is monitored for feedback and ideas only and is not meant for questions that require a response.Cody strongly encouraged members of the HCC to send along any feedback they may have, in order for volleyball coaches' voices to be heard.

3. Bren Stevens spoke to the HCC about legislation that is being proposed by the Lonestar Conference. This legislation pertains to having strength & conditioning representatives available on campus during the summer to assist those student athletes who might have questions or need assistance with their off-season workouts.
            * Bren has heard the Management Council and SAAC's perspectives, but would like to hear her fellow coaches' perspectives.
                        * The SAAC is in favor and would like for the strength trainers to plan their programs.
                        * Management Council seems to be split 50/50. Some are afraid their athletes might feel it is involuntary. Others feel ‘why not?'
            *Cody thinks it would be a great idea, but wonders if it would present a competitive disadvantage for those schools who don't have a strength coach.
            *Bren pointed out that this is also being proposed in Division I, while Division III currently has a proposal that would mandate strength coaches to be nationally certified.
            *Lynze doesn't have a strength coach and feels that the "rich would get richer," putting some schools at a disadvantage.
            *Zach: Are they using the current strength coach definition?
                        *Bren: Yes, the definition is still the same.
            *Bo said that when the Lonestar Conference proposed this legislation, the coaches' biggest worry was kids getting in the weight room and doing their workouts safely. If they had someone there to help answer their questions and show them proper techniques, it would improve their safety.
            * Bren wrote a position paper for the Competitive Safeguards Committee, addressing this legislation. Feel free to give Bren a call or feedback with any questions or feedback.

IV. Next Meeting

The next HCC call will be October 20 at 2 p.m. EST.



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