Hamiter to Coach, Direct Sitting Volleyball Program

June 09, 2009, 11:10 a.m. (ET)

USAV Sitting Volleyball Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone:   (719) 228-6800 
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

Release by:  Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
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E-Mail: maura.gladys@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 9, 2009) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce that Bill Hamiter has been named its head coach and high performance director for the U.S.  Sitting Volleyball Teams, which are based at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond.

Hamiter has served as the U.S. Men’s National Sitting team head coach since 2001. Now he will have responsibility for both U.S. sitting teams and will also manage USA Volleyball’s Paralympic program. Among his duties will be player recruitment and coaching development as well as setting up competitive opportunities for the teams.

He will work closely with Elliot Blake, the sitting volleyball coordinator at UCO.

“I am very humbled to be hired for this new position and honored to be working with two great organizations such as the University of Central Oklahoma and USA Volleyball,” Hamiter said.

“We are excited to have Bill join USAV as a full-time staff member,” said USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. “We view his hiring as a positive step forward in our support of our Paralympic program.

“With two full-time employees at UCO dedicated to the sitting volleyball teams, we look for them to continue and build on their past success.”

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team won the silver medal at the 2008 Paralympics and the bronze in 2004. The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team won the gold medal at the 2003 Parapan American Games and a berth at the 2004 Paralympics. The team took silver at the 2007 Parpan Am Games.

“Ultimately, the goal is to put (both teams) in a position to be able to win the gold medal in the world championships and also (at the 2012 Paralympics) in England,” Hamiter said. “Part of that is developing a good program base so that we can continue to reach excellence and a high level of play consistently.”

Both teams just went 4-0 against Canada at the Parapan American Zonal Championship on May 28-30. The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will compete again at the Euro Cup in July.

“The Euro Cup will allow us to play against more competition and gauge where we’re at. On the men’s side, we’ll lean heavily on player development through our camps through the rest of the year and then gear up for a strong season next year,” Hamiter said.

Hamiter graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Religion/Philosophy, and received his master’s degree from Southern Nazarene in Education-Kinesiology. He has had a long and successful coaching career, with experience at every level of competition.

Hamiter was the head coach at Southern Nazarene University from 1986-91, where he led the Crimson Storm to two national tournament appearances, two regional championships, and five district championships. He was named District 9 Coach of the Year five times.

From 1998-2005, Hamiter was an assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma where the Bronchos were three-time North Division Champions and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
He coached volleyball at Heritage Hall High School from 2006 to 2008, leading the team to three state championships and being named Oklahoma Volleyball Coach of the year in 2008.

Hamiter is one of the founders and club director of Oklahoma Peak Performance, Inc. and a founder of the Oklahoma Wind Volleyball Club. He has served as the Oklahoma Region’s junior coordinator and as the USA Volleyball Junior Elite Development Commission chairman.

Hamiter lives in Bethany, Okla., with his wife, Marcy, and daughters Olivia and Avery.