September 8, 2008


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Present: Jeanne Hess (Chair), Jen Bowman (NESCAC), Dorothy Webb (NEWMAC), Bret Stothart (Commonwealth Coast), Amanda Cuiffo (Great Northeast), Roger Worsley (Empire 8), Lisa Greiner (Independents & Skyline), Jonathan Penn (Liberty), Bridget White (NJAC), Alexa Keckler (Centennial), Randall Kreider (Commonwealth), Robin Pietryk (USA South), Andrea Hoover (ODAC), Sam Lambert (SCAC), Marci Sanders (ASC), Michelle Blaeser (MIAC), Tom Ackerman (SLIAC), Deb Zellers (Independents), Bridget Sheehan (NCAC), Tammy Swearingen (President's), Jill Jolliff (WIAC), Deb Kiick (CCIW), Jennifer Saylor (Midwest), Kathy Gebhardt (NAC), Dianna Graves (SCIAC), Jason Jones (AVCA)


Not Present: Steve Pike (SUNYAC), David Shumaker (NEAC), Deana Jespersen (Pennsylvania), Margie Knight (Capital), Michele Zabinski (Freedom), Phil Pisano (AMCC), Kandis Schram (GSAC), Jennifer Walker (IIAC), Vicki Brault (OAC), David Kwan (Heartland), Becky Schmidt (MIAA), Mark Massey (Northwest), Kim Kelly (UAA)

I. AVCA Report

Registration for the AVCA Convention opened on August 25th. Coaches are encouraged to register prior to the November 7th early registration discount deadline in order to receive maximum savings. The Hilton Omaha (convention headquarters hotel) is currently sold out on December 18th and 19th. Those interested in booking at the Hilton Omaha should try again after September 17th as more rooms may become available after that date. Demonstrators are still needed for the on-court educational sessions at the convention. The AVCA is taking up to 25 coaches who are willing to help out as a demonstrator. Those who are among the first 25 to apply will receive half off a full convention registration package and free access to the pre-convention seminar. Anyone interested should contact Will Engle at A scholarship is available for the convention to minority coaches who are interested in becoming a head coach at the college level. The scholarship will cover convention registration fees and up to $800 of expenses. Visit the convention page on the AVCA web site at for more information.


The 2008 Salary Survey is scheduled to be sent out to DIII head coaches the week of September 8th. The deadline for submission is September 30 and results will be available by the end of October. Only those coaches who participate in the survey will be sent the results.


The AVCA will be conducting an election for the DIII representative on the AVCA Board of Directors. Currently, six coaches have expressed interest in the position and two have submitted the paperwork to run. The deadline for submitting paperwork for the position is September 10. Anyone interested in running for this seat should contact Todd Hamilton at prior to September 10. Ballots for the election will be sent out around September 24 with a deadline of October 1.


The AVCA web site redesign is almost complete. The database management functions are now running and members can renew their membership and update their membership information as they have done in the past. The new web site design and functions are scheduled to launch on September 17th.


The AVCA conducted the webinar "Coaching Strategy in a 25 Point Set: Five Points, Five Factors" on August 20 led by University of Toledo head coach Kent Miller. The audio recording and PowerPoint presentation from that session are now available in the Coaching Education section on the AVCA web site.


Coaches who are region award chairs should confirm their committee as soon as possible. Please send the committee list was confirmed to Amanda Brungs ( by the October 10 deadline.


The AVCA has started a new award program this fall called "Thirty Under 30." This program will honor thirty up-and-coming coaches at all levels of the game who are under 30 years old. Nominations will be accepted through September 26 and the winners will be announced in the February/March issue of Coaching Volleyball magazine. Anyone interested in nominating a coach for this honor or who would like more information on the program should visit the AVCA web site.


AVCA Assistant Executive Director Todd Hamilton will be leaving the association October 1 to take over as Executive Director of the Receptive Services Association of America (RSAA). Resumes for the Assistant Executive Director position are currently being accepted and the position will be filled in a few weeks.


II. AVCA Membership Report

The committee was sent a list of coaches within each conference who are not currently members of the AVCA. Jeanne asked the committee to contact the coaches within their conferences who are not members and ask that they join the association. DIII currently has 78% of head coaches who are members of the AVCA. The goal is to reach 80% by the middle of October. Coaches are asked to contact Amanda Brungs ( if they need printed membership brochures or other support materials as they promote membership.


III. Old Business

As part of the AVCA web site redesign, there will be a microsite developed for the Dig for the Cure campaign. This microsite will be available in October and will contain information about the cause and resources for holding your own events. In addition, the feature story in the Oct/Nov edition of Coaching Volleyball will be on Dig for the Cure.


The game management survey was sent out to AVCA DIII head coaches the second week of August. The deadline was originally set for September 1 but has been extended to include more participation. The survey contains questions on match management as well as the support coaches get for their program. Please encourage all of your conference coaches to participate if they have not already done so. The results will be available at the AVCA Convention.


IV. New Business

Tammy Swearingen brought up the idea of producing a volleyball highlights video to promote the sport that was originally discussed at the December 2007 meeting. The video could be used to increase excitement about the sport among players and fans. The biggest challenge for completing this project would be to get the rights from television networks to use volleyball footage in the video. Jason will research the footage issue to determine any options that may exist.


Jeanne has received feedback from several coaches that starting this meeting at 11:30 a.m. ET may work better than the current 11 a.m. time slot. Jeanne asked for any opposition to the time change and received none. Thus, the meeting time has now been moved to 11:30 a.m. ET on the second Monday of each month.




The meeting was adjourned at 11:28 a.m. ET. The next Division III Head Coaches Committee conference call will be held at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, October 13.




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