Life University awarded MotorMVB grant, to start NAIA men’s volleyball team

Another college men’s volleyball program will be established in the Southeast with the help of the MotorMVB Foundation.

Life University announced Tuesday that it would add men’s volleyball beginning in the 2019 season and would received a $20,000 grant from MotorMVB to help start the program.

“We are excited to be adding men’s volleyball to our growing number of varsity sport offerings,” Life athletics director Jayme Pendergast said in a statement. “Volleyball is now the No. 1 sport in America for females, and is currently the second fastest growing youth sport for boys. It is also growing rapidly at the NAIA level. MotorMVB has been a great partner in making this a reality, and I want to thank them for not only supporting Life University, but the growth of men’s volleyball nationally.”

Life is a private NAIA school with an enrollment of 2,692 student and is located in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. It is one of the first of several colleges this year to receive a grant from MotorMVB.

MotorMVB is a non-profit organization that works to grow boys’ and men’s volleyball throughout the United States. The foundation’s goal is to help establish more than 380 college programs in the nation by 2027.

“Thanks to the generosity of passionate volleyball donors all over the country, we are thrilled to provide support to Life University athletics as they announce adding men’s volleyball. Jayme Pendergast, [women’s volleyball] coach [Steve] Wilcosky and the leadership at Life University have really impressed us and we are convinced that Life’s new men’s volleyball program will thrive for many years to come,” CEO of the MotorMVB Foundation Wade Garard said in a statement. “Our foundation board chairman John Speraw always says there is nothing more important than providing opportunities for the young people of this country. We are pleased to be able to help do this for young men in Georgia and from around the country who will come to Life U and enjoy a meaningful student-athlete experience.”

Life will be the third college men’s volleyball program in Georgia. Emmanuel is the only NCAA Division I-II program in the state, while Brewton-Parker College announced earlier this year it would form a NAIA team.

Liefe also announced on Tuesday that it will immediately begin a national search for the program’s inaugural head coach.