The Notebook Dump: News tidbits, notes from college men’s volleyball

Time to empty the notebook that is filled with college men’s volleyball news and notes. Check out some of the more interesting news tidbits and other notes involving college men’s volleyball.

Charleston remains without head coach
The search is continuing for Charleston to find a new head coach for the upcoming season.The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported during the weekend that the school has reposted the coaching position after not being satisfied with any of the candidates during the initial search. Charleston athletics director Bren Stevens is serving as the interim head coach during the team’s fall training session. Stevens won more than 500 matches in her 19 seasons as the Charleston women’s volleyball head coach.

MotorMVB helps Viterbo add men’s volleyball
Vibtero University announced last week that it received a $10,000 grant from MotorMVB to start a men’s volleyball program. The NAIA school is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and will play its inaugural season in 2019. Vibtero is the fourth NAIA school this fall that has received a MotorMVB grant to add men’s volleyball.

Son former Penn State player commits to UCLA
The York Dispatch reported last week that Cole Johnson gave a verbal commitment to UCLA. The 6-foot-7 outside attacker is the son of former Penn State men’s volleyball player Jeff Johnson and helped lead his high school team to a Pennsylvania state championship last season.

Former BYU player excels in Canada college league
Former BYU opposite Tim Dobbert through the first two weeks of the season leads the Canada West conference with a 5.50 kills per game average. Dobbert after helping BYU reach the NCAA Tournament finals last season transferred to the Canadian college Thompson Rivers as a graduate student.

Bluefield names new coach
Former SUNY New Paltz player and NJCU coach Ray Vance was named the new head coach at Bluefield College. The NAIA school in Virginia finished last season 0-22, including losses to Lincoln Memorial, Charleston and Coker.

New program gets first coach
The Division III school Mount Union announced recently that Matt Mihelic was selection as the inaugural head coach for its men’s volleyball program that will begin in 2019. Mihelic has spent the last two seasons as the Boys’ Program Director for the USA Volleyball Ohio Valley Region and coached Archbishop Hoban to the Ohio high school state champions in 2008 and 2010.

Daemen athletics director steps down
Bridget Niland announced last week that she will step down from her position as the Daemen College athletics director in January. Niland, who will continue to teach at the school and is joining the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, guided Daemen’s transition to NCAA Division II membership. The school under Niland earlier this year announced it would added men’s volleyball beginning in 2019.