Beach Priorities Discussed at USAV Board Meeting

By Bill Kauffman | Jan. 31, 2014, 9:01 p.m. (ET)

Kerri Walsh Jennings (passing), a USAV Board of Director, with her beach partner April Ross

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2014) – The USA Volleyball Board of Directors held its winter meeting in Los Angeles on Jan. 27 to discuss priorities and strategies for the upcoming calendar year as well as other long-range goals beyond 2014.

The Board reviewed the independent consultant’s beach review and had a very long and productive discussion. A series of specific action steps were approved that are designed to improve communication and ramp up both support and staffing. The report is in legal review with the intention of making it available to the public on the USA Volleyball website soon.

USAV Board Chair Adam Rymer

“The USA Volleyball Board started 2014 with a strategic discussion on how to make the most of opportunities in the beach discipline,” said Adam Rymer, chairman of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. “We look forward to working closer with all of the volleyball constituents on a number of initiatives to make this year even more successful than the last.”

The Board had a discussion about potentially becoming the formal and recognized national governing body for sitting volleyball. The proposal is scheduled to be voted on during the next Board meeting in May.

In other business, the USA Volleyball’s 2014 operating budget of over $25M was approved by the board. Included in the Audit, Finance and Budget committee presentation were several policy and procedure updates as well.

USAV staff reported on a number of items including the ongoing expansion of the SafeSport initiative and the Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) Membership Growth Initiative.

The Board will meet next on May 23 as part of the USAV Annual Meetings in Phoenix.

USA Volleyball Board of Directors:
Beach Athlete: Kerri Walsh Jennings (June 30, 2014)
Beach Athlete: Todd Rogers (June 30, 2016)
Beach Development: Vacant (June 30, 2016)
Coach: Cecile Reynaud (June 30, 2017)
Independent: Bill Barnum (June 30, 2017)
Independent (Board Chair): Adam Rymer (June 30, 2014)
Independent: Kenneth Shropshire (June 30, 2015)
Indoor Athlete: Gabe Gardner (June 30, 2017)
Indoor Athlete: Sarah Sulentor (June 30, 2015)
Indoor High Performance: Kristen Fasbender (June 30, 2017)
Junior Indoor: Andy Reitinger (June 30, 2014)
Beach At Large: Lori Okimura (June 30, 2015)
Officials: Sue Mailhot (June 30, 2015)
Regional Volleyball Association: Jon Lee (June 30, 2014)
Regional Volleyball Association: Ken Cain (June 30, 2016)