Joel Dearing


Joel Dearing coached women’s and men’s volleyball over a span of thirty years and forty seasons. He was the head coach at Roger Williams University from 1981-89 and then at Springfield College from 1989-2010. Dearing had a career record of 899-384, coached 10 All-Americans, and his Springfield men’s team finished the 1996 season ranked number one and undefeated in NCAA Division III.  

Author of Volleyball Fundamentals and The Untold Story of William G. Morgan - Inventor of Volleyball, Dearing has been a member of USA Volleyball’s cadre since 1994. He just completed his 34th year operating Dearing Volleyball School with commuter camps in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Florida, and most recently developed his own Leadership & Coaching Academy designed to provide leadership training seminars and presentations.  Dearing was honored in 2013 by the International Volleyball Hall of Fame as the Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award honoree and in 2015 was selected to the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.  He has conducted clinics in Ireland, Aruba, Argentina, China and Bermuda, and has been on the faculty at Springfield College since 1989, currently serving as Program Director of the Athletic Administration Graduate Program.