The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is dedicated to placing coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. The AVCA Diversity Awards are a tangible example of the value placed on assisting aspiring coaches, advancing the coaching profession for the next generation of coaches, and promoting inclusiveness within the sport of volleyball.
The Diversity Awards program is the next phase in the evolution of the organization’s diversity initiatives and minority coach development programming. Since 2002, the AVCA has been intentional in fostering diversity initiatives and minority coach development programming designed to assist ethnic minority coaches in gaining access to the volleyball coaching profession and advance in their coaching careers.
The program through an online application or nomination (sponsor) process looks to identify 10-12 volleyball coach recipients who will be awarded complimentary full registration to the AVCA Convention and 5 nights of lodging at the AVCA Convention headquarters hotel. Female and male ethnic minority club, high school, and collegiate (indoor and beach) volleyball coaches are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to first-time AVCA Convention attendees. After the application and nomination process the Diversity Development Team will oversee the review of the submissions and the selection of up to 12 award winners. The recipients will have an agenda of coaching education programming, mentoring, and networking functions specifically targeted to them during their time at the convention. These sessions will be facilitated by veteran volleyball coaches and industry leaders. The objective of these sessions being to provide relevant and timely information and best practices to empower and assist in the recipients’ development as on-court tacticians and off-the-court managers and mentors.
The overarching objective of this program is to integrate each of the selected recipients into a career trajectory of sustained engagement in the larger volleyball community that includes demonstrated involvement with their national coaches’ association (the AVCA) and a commitment to continuous learning and professional development that results in being teachers and champions of the game. It is important that as a result of this program the sport see tangible and quantitative evidence of the increase in opportunities for ethnic minorities at all levels of the sport (notably “A5” and NCAA D-I women’s volleyball programs) to experience successful and enjoyable coaching careers.
Applications and Nominations are due to AVCA Headquarters by Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The AVCA will contact all applicants and nominees by October 31st regarding the selection process. Selected recipients will receive instructions on how to register for the convention at that time.
If you have any questions about the award, the application, the nomination process, or to request a manual hard copy version of the application or nomination form, please contact Kennedy Wells, by e-mail,firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 859-219-3556.