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Small Colleges Adding Men's Volleyball Teams

Feb. 25, 2009, 6:18 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org           

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is looking for high school boys volleyball players who would like to continue their careers in college.

Graceland’s varsity men’s volleyball team is the oldest in the NAIA. Unfortunately, Graceland disbanded its men’s junior varsity program in 2004.

The school has announced that it will fund two JV teams for the 2009-10 season and beyond. Graceland Head Coach Chad McDole is looking for the athletes to make his dream a reality.

“I’ve been campaigning to get (the JV program) back ever since I got here,” McDole said. “From our standpoint, it’s a win-win for everybody. The school will gain new students. But in our view, it’s a win for boys’ volleyball since it creates 24 more opportunities to play at the college level.”

The JV volleyball program will have scholarships available and every year there will be tryouts for the varsity team.

“It’s going to be a competitive environment,” McDole said. “Everyone has a fair shot; we want to improve our program overall.”

Graceland’s varsity team plays in the Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference. The JV teams will have a full competitive schedule including JV teams from Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist, St. Ambrose and various club teams.

Graceland has an enrollment of 1,000. McDole says it has all the benefits of a small rural environment and a family community with the suburbs of Des Moines and all that offers less than one hour away,

“Graceland offers small classes and individualized attention where your success is always the goal; you are never just a number.” McDole said.

McDole grew up playing volleyball and has coached for USA Volleyball’s high performance program. He is the son of Stew McDole, who is the head women’s volleyball coach at Graceland University.

More information on the Graceland men’s volleyball program is available at http://www.graceland.edu/athletics/mvolleyball/. Chad McDole can be reached at cmcdole@graceland.edu or toll free at (866) GRACELAND.

Mount St. Joseph Adds Division III Men’s Team

The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati has announced the addition of men’s volleyball as an NCAA Division III collegiate athletic program for the 2009-10 academic year.

The men’s program will complement the highly successful women’s volleyball team, which has consistently been ranked in the top 25 of the nation in women’s volleyball, and has won both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and HCAC Tournament titles 10 of the 11 seasons they’ve been a member of the conference.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to add men’s volleyball as a varsity intercollegiate sport at the Mount,’’ Mount Athletic Director Steve Radcliffe said. “There is a high degree of local interest in this sport and we hope to attract a very competitive team from the local and regional high schools. We firmly believe that the Mount can become a regional and national power in both women’s and men’s volleyball at the NCAA Division III level.”

Mount St. Joseph has hired Jon Bennett to be the head coach of men’s volleyball. Bennett was the Lions’ women’s assistant volleyball coach in 2001-2004. He will also be the head coach of the women’s volleyball team this fall.

More information is available at www.msj.edu/view/athletics/mens-teams/volleyball.aspx

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