Advanced Career Education (ACE) Seminar

Advanced Career Education (ACE) Seminar: Competencies Needed to Keep Your College Head Job  
Wednesday, December 16, 1 – 4 p.m. ET & On Demand 

ACE 2020: The Race for Relevance
Covid19, declining enrollment and budget cuts have all impacted intercollegiate athletics and volleyball programs. Coaches who provide value to their departments and solve problems for their administrators will succeed in 2021 and beyond. This program will give you the tools you need to excel in this new era.

Wade Garard

Pauline Thiros

Bruce Rasmussen

Jaime Gordon

Kirsten Bernthal Booth






Topics & Speakers:
Raising Funds: Learning the System – Wade Garard – First Point Volleyball Foundation CEO & Pauline Thiros – Idaho St. Athletic Director (1 – 2 p.m. ET)    
(Fundraising & Making Yourself Relevant on Campus Competency) 

ACE Q&A Session: Raising Funds with Wade Garard – First Point Volleyball Foundation CEO, Pauline Thiros – Idaho St. Athletic Director & Brian Gimmillaro – Master Coaches (2 – 2:30 p.m. ET)    

Managing Up: Turning Administrators into Committed Partners – Bruce Rasmussen – Creighton Athletic Director, Pauline Thiros – Idaho St. Athletic Director, Jaime Gordon – Morehead St. Athletic Director, & Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Moderator) – Creighton Women’s Head Coach (2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET) 
(Working with Administrators & Creating Partnerships Competency)

ACE Q&A Session: Managing Up with Bruce Rasmussen – Creighton Athletic Director, Pauline Thiros – Idaho St. Athletic Director, Jaime Gordon – Morehead St. Athletic Director, & TJ Meagher – Houston Senior Associate Athletic Director (3:30 – 4 p.m. ET) 

Please click here for a description of the ACE Seminar sessions.

ACE Program Information

New college head coaches need a variety of skills to be successful in the head coach role. In order to get a college head coaching job a coach already has a proven track record of success in player development, teaching fundamentals, establishing systems, and understanding statistics. The ACE Program goes beyond these fundamental proficiencies and digs into other competencies needed to be successful as a college head coach. The AVCA has identified eight competency areas for new college head coaches. These competencies focus on building a program and culture that uses volleyball to add value to both the institution and community. The ACE Session in Omaha will cover two of these competencies – Fundraising/Making Yourself Relevant on Campus with Wade Garard and Pauline Thiros and Working with Administrators/Creating Partnerships featuring a panel of Bruce Rasmussen, Pauline Thiros, Jaime Gordon, and moderator Kirsten Bernthal Booth. 

The ACE Program was created for AVCA-member college head coaches in their first five years as a college head coach. Veteran head coaches and assistant coaches are welcome to attend with the understanding the content is designed specifically for college head coaches with less than five years of experience in that role. The AVCA will offer two 90-minute sessions at each AVCA Convention and AVCA Spring Conference covering two of the program’s eight competencies. AVCA will send a letter of acknowledgment to the Athletic Director of every college head coach that attends an ACE Seminar. College head coaches that complete sessions on all eight competencies will receive a certificate. Coaches who would like to attend the ACE Seminar in Omaha should sign-up for the ACE Seminar & Full Convention registration package. Please click here for an FAQ document and overview of the ACE Program.

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