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USA Volleyball Announces High Performance Pipeline Coaches

April 10, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 9, 2008) – USA Volleyball announced the coaching staffs for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team on April 9 for the upcoming 2008 season.

Paula Weishoff, head women’s volleyball coach at Concordia University Irvine, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete at the NORCECA U-20 Continental Championship July 20-28 in Saltillo, Mexico. She will be assisted by UCLA Assistant Coach Kim Jagd and Texas A&M University Assistant Coach John Corbelli.

Jim Stone, former head women’s volleyball coach at The Ohio State University, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that will compete at the NORCECA U-18 Continental Championship July 3-11 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He will be assisted by University of West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter and TCA Volleyball Club Director and Head Coach Neil Mason.

U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Paula Weishoff
Assistant Coach: Kim Jagd
Assistant Coach: John Corbelli

U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Jim Stone
Assistant Coach: Melissa Wolter
Assistant Coach: Neil Mason

Paula Weishoff Bio
Paula Weishoff was hired as the Concordia University Irvine head women’s volleyball coach in 2004 as the sixth coach in the program's 24-year history and quickly turned around the Eagle volleyball program. In her first season the Eagles went 36-4, were ranked as high as fourth in the nation and finished as the runners-up in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

Following a 20-10 campaign in 2005, the Eagles soared back toward the top of the NAIA the following season. Concordia finished the 2006 season with a record of 31-5, taking second place in both the GSAC and NAIA Region II Tournament before finishing third at the NAIA National Championship. The Eagles finished 30-6 in 2007 and reached the NAIA National Championship semifinal round.

To many, Weishoff is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in the history of the sport. She lays claim to three NCAA national championships at the University of Southern California, one as a player (1980) and two as a coach (2002 and 2003). Weishoff spent seven years as an assistant at USC with responsibilities that included working as the primary recruiting coordinator, before being promoted to associate head coach in late 2003.

Weishoff has served as the U.S. Women’s A2 Team head coach in 2003 and 2007.

Weishoff, a 1998 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, was named to USA Volleyball's 1978-2002 All-Era Team and was awarded the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award.

Weishoff, the only two-time U.S. Olympic medalist in women’s indoor volleyball, is one of her generation's most dominant middle blockers and servers. She won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics, a bronze in 1992 and played on the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta. A member of the U.S. National team from 1981-1996, she earned USA most valuable player honors and was the USOC Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year in 1984. In 1992, she was voted most valuable player of the Olympic Games.

Weishoff played at USC in 1980, leading the Trojans to a 46-4 record and the AIAW national championship. In 1981 she left school to join the USA National Team.

Kim Jagd Bio
Kim Jagd enters her 16th year as a member of the UCLA women's volleyball coaching staff in 2008 and her second season as the Bruins' assistant head coach, a promotion received in June 2007. The Bruins have posted a 350-135 (.722) record over her previous 15 seasons and made the NCAA Tournament 14 times, including the NCAA Championship final match in 1994.

UCLA has recorded nine straight 20-win seasons and over the last five campaigns (2003-07). The Bruins' average NCAA finish (5.40) is second-best in the nation, behind only Nebraska (4.40). UCLA has reached the NCAA Regional Final in four of the last five years, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2006.

Jagd directed the 2003 USA Volleyball Girls’ High Performance A2 Camp in Colorado Springs. The camp is USA Volleyball's introductory level of instruction to young players aspiring to achieve Olympic status. In addition, Jagd was chosen as head coach of the High Performance National Team (Select age group) in 2004 and 2005. The National Team competed in USA Volleyball's High Performance Championships in Austin, Texas, in the summer of 2005 and won a gold medal in the Youth National Division.

Jagd has coached four Olympians during her career, including 2000 beach volleyball Olympians Jenny (Johnson) Jordan and Annett (Buckner) Davis along with 2004 Olympians Wiz Bachman (indoor) and Elaine Youngs (beach). All four were coached by Jagd during their UCLA careers, while Youngs was also coached by Jagd during her high school career at El Toro High School.

A member of the Women's Professional Beach Volleyball Tour for three years (1990-92), Jagd recorded several Top 10 finishes in the sand. Since returning to six-player indoor play, she has earned USVBA All-American honors five times (1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2003) and helped lead her team to the division title in 1996, 1998 and 2001.

As a collegiate athlete, Jagd competed for the Bruin volleyball team in 1985 and 1986 after lettering two years at UC Irvine. She graduated from UCLA in 1987 with a degree in history then received elementary and secondary level teaching credentials from UCI in 1989-90.

John Corbelli Bio
John Corbelli and his wife Laurie were hired at Texas A&M University in March 1993. John serves as the associate head coach while Laurie serves as the program's head coach. The Corbellis have led the Aggies to a 327-144 record (.694 winning percentage) in 15 seasons at Texas A&M. Laurie holds the distinction as the winningest coach in the program's history, eclipsing the previous mark on Oct. 18, 2000.

The Corbellis directed the Aggies to within one match of reaching the NCAA National Championship semifinals in both 1999 and 2001, and have led A&M to the NCAA regional semifinals five times. Overall, Corbelli teams have reached the NCAA tournament 13 times in the last 15 years. Aggies have earned a total of 16 All-American awards during the Corbellis' tenure. In addition, A&M volleyball athletes have received 27 all-region/all-district citations and 26 first-team conference awards under the Corbellis' direction. Stacy Sykora, a 2000 and 2004 Olympian, was the Corbelli's first player to earn AVCA All-American honors.

Furthermore, the Aggies have reached the 20-win milestone 11 of 15 seasons with the Corbellis at the helm. Texas A&M has been ranked in the final AVCA Top 25 Poll nine of the past 13 years.

John Corbelli holds 29 years of coaching experience including eight years at San Jose State University (three years head coach, five years as assistant).

In 1982, John Corbelli was named an assistant coach for the U.S. National Women's Volleyball Team. During his tenure, the team - including Laurie - won a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, as well as at the 1984 Olympics.

Born in Denver, Colo., and raised in Hawai'i, John Corbelli earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1979 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the nationally ranked Gauchos. Upon graduation, John made his collegiate coaching debut at his alma mater, serving as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's volleyball teams. He then moved on to the University of Nebraska in 1981, where he served as an assistant coach for the women's team that won a Big Eight championship.

Corbelli also excelled while playing on the international level and was a member of the U.S. Men's National Team for the 1978-79 seasons. He also competed at the 1979 World University Games.

Jim Stone Bio
Jim Stone served as the women’s volleyball head coach at The Ohio State University for 26 years before retiring after the 2007 collegiate season. Over his final 19 years with the Buckeye program, he established Ohio State as an annual Top 25 team. During that period, OSU had an overall record of 394-149 (.726) and a Big Ten Conference mark of 241-135 (.641). He won the Big Ten Conference championship three times, finishing second five times, third four times and fourth three times. The Buckeyes participated in 15 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Championship Semifinals in 1991 and 1994. His 26-year career record with Ohio State is 531-294 (573-257 per NCAA listing).

On the national and international scene, Stone was the head coach for one of the 2007 U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams that competed at the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships. Also last summer, he served as the head coach for the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Youth A2 Team at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Stone has been part of U.S. coaching staffs in each of the last three decades. He coached the men’s team which represented the South at the 1981 National Sports Festival at Syracuse, N.Y. In 1985, he coached the USA Junior National Team, which toured China and Japan. He served as coach of the East women in the 1986 Olympic Sports Festival. Additionally, he was selected to coach the men’s East team at the 1990 Olympic Sports Festival. In the summer of 1993, he was an assistant coach to the United States National “B” team that trained in San Diego and then played in Germany. In July of 1999, Stone was the head coach for the World University Games team that competed in Spain.

During his collegiate career, Stone has coached 60 all-conference players, 15 Olympic Sports Festival participants, 37 all-region selections and 22 All-Americans. Four players have played for the Canadian and two for the United States National teams.

In 2004 Ohio State finished 30-4 overall, improving from a 11-17 mark in 2003. The Buckeyes were 17-3 in the Big Ten finishing tied for second in the league. OSU advanced to the NCAA regional championship match before ending the season. Along the way, Stone was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Mideast Region Coach of the Year. OSU’s top student-athlete Stacey Gordon was named the AVCA Co-National Player of the Year and the Asics/Volleyball Division I Player of the Year. In addition to Gordon, Marisa Main was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team.

In 1994, the Buckeyes recorded their sixth consecutive 20-win season, finishing with a 29-3 overall record. They won the Big Ten Championship with a 19-1 record. OSU was honored with two AVCA All-Americans in Gabriele Jobst and Laura Davis, with Davis being named the National Player of the Year. The Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second time in four years, losing to Stanford, the eventual national champion.

In 1991, the Buckeyes went undefeated (20-0) in the Big Ten and reached the NCAA Semifinals with three freshman starters. For these accomplishments, Stone was named the 1991 National Coach of the Year by Volleyball Monthly, the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Mideast Region Coach of the Year and was a unanimous choice by both the media and coaches as the Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 1989, he was the AVCA Region Coach of the Year and was the Big Ten Coach of the Year, as his squad won its first Big Ten championship and made its first NCAA appearance.

Prior to Ohio State, Stone coached three years at Wyoming, taking a team that was 2-23 and posting winning records in two of his three years with the Cowboys. He had two 20-win seasons and in the 1981 season earned 18th place in the national polls. He was also named Intermountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for his 20-9 mark in 1981.

In addition to his coaching experience at Wyoming, Stone served as head coach of the 1976 Bowling Green State men’s volleyball club team. In 1975, he served as the assistant coach at Kellogg Community College, which won the junior college national championship that year.

During his playing career, Stone was named Ball State’s most valuable player in 1975. An All-America selection in 1974, he twice was named to the all-star team of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). As a player, he participated in the 1974 Canada Cup, and he faced a strong Japanese men’s team in a series of matches throughout the United States in 1975. The following year, he faced the People’s Republic of China in a similar United States tour.

Melissa Wolter Bio
University of West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter has contributed to the rise of Argonaut volleyball. Since arriving in 2003, Wolter has compiled a 99-40 record. In eight career seasons as head coach, Wolter is 135-91.

Wolter guided the West Florida volleyball program to a season full of firsts and plenty of awards. The season ended with the Argos earning the first coach of the year and player of the year in UWF Volleyball history. The team set records for overall wins (32) and conference wins (12), and held a top 25 ranking for most of the season.

Wolter is also active in the decision-making process of NCAA Division II volleyball. This season, Wolter will again serve at the chair of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Advisory Committee. In addition, she is also a member of the NCAA Division II Women's National Volleyball Committee.

During the 2006 season, Wolter led West Florida to a 20-15 record and the Argonauts first NCAA Division II South Central Regional appearance. The 2006 squad, seeded seventh in the regional tournament, pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 victory over second-seed Washburn before falling to Central Missouri State in afive-game marathon ending with a final game score of 17-19.

Wolter came to West Florida from NCAA Division II Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI. She was the head coach of the Rangers for three years finishing her playing career and serving one year as an assistant coach. Wolter lead the Rangers to their seventh straight Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in 2002 with a record of 16-11. She also served as the Assistant Director of Marketing for the Wisconsin-Parkside Athletic Department in 2001.

Wolter worked closely with USA Volleyball as a coach for the Youth National A2 Team in summer of 2007. The team competed in the International Junior Division of the USAV High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wolter earned the honor of serving as an assistant coach for the USA Youth National Under-18 National Team for two summers. In 2005, Wolter traveled with the team to the FIVB World Championship in China, where the team placed fourth. At the 2004 NORCECA Championship in Puerto Rico, Wolter helped coach the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to a 4-0 record and a gold medal.

In 2002, Wolter was the chair of the Badger Region High Performance programs, the entry level program for the USA Volleyball pipeline. She has also coached Junior Olympic volleyball with clubs such as Milwaukee Sting, Wisconsin Power and Wisconsin Select.

Wolter also has 13 years experience with volleyball camps around the country. During 2007, she was the lead coach at the USA Volleyball Development A1 Kalamazoo and Austin camps. In previous years she ran the Gulf Coast Region and Arizona Region camps.

Neil Mason Bio
Neil Mason is currently the chief executive officer of Complete Athlete Incorporated, which is the parent company to the TCA Volleyball Clubs, NM Enterprises and the Blueprint of a Champion Goal Setting and Leadership Workshops. As CEO of Complete Athlete Incorporated, Mason’s duties include overseeing the growth and expansion of the various companies as well as the day-to-day organizational structure and operations.

Mason, who enters his seventh year as both director and head coach for TCA Volleyball Club, continues his pursuit of excellence both on and off the court. On the court, TCA Volleyball Club has won two USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships title in the 17 Open Division in 2004 and 18 Open Division in 2006, along with several national qualifier championships. In 2006, Mason was honored by the United States Olympic Committee as the 2006 Developmental Coach of the Year for the sport of volleyball.

Mason spent his college career playing for the 49ers of Long Beach State as a scholarship athlete. Graduating with a Bachelors degree, Mason was an Academic All American, a President Ambassador, and a member of the Presidential List while at the Beach. Along with his academic successes, Mason was also successful on the court as part of the 1999 Men’s team that went on to be runners up in the NCAA national championship that year.

Off the court, Mason is currently growing the TCA brand and expanding the TCA Volleyball Clubs, which are now located in Baltimore, Md.; Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; and Newport Beach, Calif. As TCA’s director, Mason is currently focusing all of his energies and gearing his efforts to utilizing the sport of volleyball as a vehicle and tool to teach life skills across the nation.

Prior to his collegiate career, Mason was most valuable player of the Canadian National Team Challenge Cup. Mason also played internationally for his native Canada. He was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that competed in the 1995 NORCECA championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mason gave up his playing career to pursue and fulfill his life vision of working with youth sports and empowering change through positive self belief. Out of this vision, Complete Athlete Incorporated and TCA Volleyball Club were started. Mason, who earnestly believes that “what you believe is what you become” jump started his career and propelled to the top of the club volleyball scene. At TCA, Mason has coached more than 10 All-American Athletes, placed over 85 Athletes in NCAA/NAIA programs, and developed over 40 USAV team members. His coaching methods and ability to motivate and direct players have been keys to these successes.

Outside of TCA, Mason recently spent time coaching the USA Youth and Junior National A2 Team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the past two summers. He also was the head coach of the Junior National age Holiday Camp at Chula Vista, Calif. His long list of accomplishments has taken him all over the country coaching camps in the states of Hawaii, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Florida Southern and Northern California and even in Canada. Mason’s hard work ethic and triumphs have made him a sought after clinician and motivational speaker to teams, groups and organizations of all types. Mason also serves as a consultant to many volleyball clubs and private sector companies across the country, that seek to utilize the TCA way.

Mason above all is a motivator and passionate leader. Instilling confidence and direction in his players and coaches is his top priority. Mason teaches and lives by a simple motto that “Thoughts are things and there is nothing you cannot achieve if you visualize, apply yourself, and dedicate all your necessary effort.”

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