Colorado Springs, CO – To help provide a streamlined process for all head coaches, the NJCAA and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) have agreed on a dual membership partnership, announced by both organizations in July.
One membership fee will give coaches access to the benefits of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association and the AVCA.
Vice President of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association and Central (NE) head coach Mary Young expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration of the two associations. "We are so excited about the AVCA becoming the Official Volleyball Coaches Association Partner of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association. The partnership will provide tremendous opportunity for our NJCAA coaches to have educational resources, mentoring, and the ability to become active within a greater volleyball community. The professional development opportunities the AVCA provides will strengthen coaching at the NJCAA level which will ultimately benefit our student-athletes at our member schools."
As members of the AVCA, NJCAA coaches will have access to awards and recognition programs, Coaching Volleyball magazine, free webinars, seminars and members-only content, and discounted pricing to the AVCA Convention and Volleyball Marketplace. Two member-funded programs, the Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarships and the AVCA Diversity Awards, will also be available to NJCAA coaches.
"We are thankful for Dr. (Christopher) Parker and coach Mary Young for their innovative thinking about this partnership," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Combining the strengths of our respective coaches associations is an excellent way for us to serve our coaches, our sport, and, in the end, our student-athletes and institutions."
NJCAA Executive Director Dr. Christopher Parker sees the partnership as a step in a progressive direction for NJCAA coaches association benefits. "The NJCAA is very excited that the volleyball coaches association is partnering with the AVCA. We hope this partnership will mold a path for many other coaches associations to follow suit."
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.