American Volleyball Coaches Association

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The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is an organization of over 6,000 members, incorporated as a private non-profit educational corporation in 1981, as the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association.

The original members of the AVCA were all intercollegiate coaches who banded together to form this particular coaching body. They have been the backbone of the association's existence and a united voice determining volleyball's future. In 1986, during the San Francisco convention, the membership recognized the growing and developing high school and club communities. The name of the association was then changed to reflect these growing constituencies. The original Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association was renamed the American Volleyball Coaches Association with the intent of responding to and serving all volleyball coaches.

The organization produces a number of publications including Coaching Volleyball Magazine, "Coaching Volleyball 2.0," "Phenom," AVCA at the Net, Volleyball Ace PowerTips and VolleyBiz.

Principles[edit]

The following principles guide the AVCA in the attainment of its goals:

  • To maintain a membership group representative of all levels of competition;
  • To promote the game of volleyball within the general philosophical framework of education;
  • To encourage participation within the highest standards of competition;
  • To develop greater interest, understanding and support of the sport.

History[edit]

Although incorporated as a non-profit in 1981, the AVCA began to grow and diversify, and a full-time executive director wasn't hired until July 1983. An associate director was hired in April 1986 and an administrative assistant in September 1988.

The Association moved from San Mateo, California, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in August 1992. The staff has increased to the following positions: executive director, assistant executive director, director of operations, assistant director of events and public relations, manager of awards and membership, manager of communications, sales manager, editor and awards and membership specialist.

In 1986, the Board was increased to 13 members, due to new membership increases averaging out at about 150 per year. In 1988, a boom of 106% new memberships occurred. Since 1986, high school membership has more than tripled. The AVCA has members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as, numerous international members. At the collegiate level, all major NCAA conferences are represented and membership among the club coaches has risen dramatically.

In July 2006 the association moved its headquarters to Lexington, Kentucky and entered into an association management partnership with Associations International (formally Host Communications then IMG College). The current president of the AVCA is Anne Kordes (head coach - University of Louisville). The Executive Director is Kathleen J. DeBoer and the Assistant Executive Director is Jason Jones.

AVCA events[edit]

Sand volleyball championship[edit]

The sand volleyball championship was introduced to the women's collegiate scene by CBS College Sports with the Collegiate Nationals, an event founded by the network in the spring of 2006 to broadcast the national championships of several "action sports."[1] The event was sponsored by the CBS College Sports Network, American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).[2]

In 2006, the AVP sanctioned a combine that selected 8 players from 8 colleges and paired them into teams (title was won by Bibiana Candelas (USC)/Paula Gentil (Minnesota)). In 2007 Nebraska (Jordan Larson/Sarah Pavan) won an invitational competition of 8 colleges, which featured only two players per school, as opposed to entire teams. 2008 saw Texas win an invitational, sponsored by AVCA and AVP, involving 6 schools with four doubles squads each. In 2009, USC prevailed over an invited field of 8 colleges with four doubles squads each. In 2010, the competition reverted to one doubles squad per school, with 12 colleges invited; it was won by Loyola Marymount (Emily Day/Heather Hughes). The two-player team format continued in 2011, except that players were paired with different partners from other schools for every match, until the semi-final winners were determined. That year there was also a men's competition in the same format.

In 2010 the NCAA categorized women's sand volleyball as an "emerging sport," which could advance to full NCAA sponsorship by 2016, and beginning in the spring of 2012 the AVCA began sponsoring a national championship tournament for women's collegiate sand volleyball. The AVCA has separate brackets for teams and for individual pairs. The champions of the team tournaments are:

AVCA Showcase tournament[edit]

Main article: AVCA Showcase

From 1995 to 2012, the AVCA put on an annual tournament held in the beginning of each season, called the AVCA Showcase. Through 2011, four teams, usually ranked in the top 15, competed for the AVCA Showcase title. As of 2007, the showcase champion had gone on to the NCAA Final Four 10 times out of 13. The only time the winner failed to advance to the Final Four was Colorado State in 2000, Texas in 2006 and Nebraska in 2007. However, only twice has the showcase champion won the NCAA Championship: Long Beach State in 1998 and Southern California in 2003.

In 2012, the Showcase featured four collegiate teams competing in one match each against the Chinese Volleyball League champion, Jiangsu.

Past sponsors include NACWAA, Runza Restaurants, Rockvale Outlets and State Farm.

AVCA Awards[edit]

Given out annually for Division I, II, and III women and Division I/II (combined) and III for men. Considered the most prestigious honor for each players and coaches. The following is a list of past awards for both men and women.

National Coach of the Year - Women's teams[edit]

National Coach of the Year:

National Player of the Year - Women's[edit]

Since 1985, the AVCA has recognized the Division I national player(s) of the year. Stanford leads all universities with 8 total selections (three co), followed by Long Beach State with 6 selections (one co), Nebraska with 4 selections (one co) and Hawai'i with 4 selections.

† Also won Honda-Broderick Cup Award

National Freshman of the Year[edit]

Since 2001, the AVCA has recognized the Division I freshman player(s) of the year. Prior to 2001, the FOY was named by Volleyball Magazine.

National Coach of the Year - Men's Teams[edit]

For Division I/II men. Stanford (1991–92) and Penn State (2007–08) are the only schools in which both the men and women teams coaches won the award in the same academic year.

National Player of the Year - Men's[edit]

Long Beach State, Hawai'i, Penn State, Stanford, BYU, and UCLA are the only universities in which a male and female volleyball player was named the AVCA NPOY. Pepperdine leads with six selections, followed by Hawai'i and UCLA with three selections each.

Hall of Fame[edit]

See: Category:AVCA Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulls Compete In Second Annual Fiesta On Siesta Key". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Volleyball Field Set for Collegiate Nationals". 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

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