EIVA hires former NCAA director as new assistant commissioner

The director who previously oversaw all aspects of the NCAA Tournament will join the EIVA in a leadership role.

The nation’s oldest East Coast men’s volleyball conference announced Friday that Russ Yurk was named the EIVA assistant commissioner.

“The EIVA got a wonderful Christmas present,” EIVA Executive Director Ivan Marquez said in a statement. “Russ is uniquely qualified to contribute immensely to the continued development of our NCAA men’s volleyball conference, and we could not be more grateful.”

Yurk spent six years with the NCAA as the assistant director of championships and in that role served as the championship manager for the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament. He also spent two years as the NCAA assistant director of brand strategies and events before leaving the NCAA to become the director of events at USA Football.

Along with these positions, Yurk has almost 25 years of experience in event management and project development at the college and national level. Among some of those roles included being the director of operations for the 2017 World Rowing Championships and the regional logistics manager with the organizing committee for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“It’s an exciting time to be back in the men’s college game,” Yurk said in a statement. “There is unprecedented momentum to grow men’s volleyball in the U.S. and I look forward to playing a role in that process.”

The EIVA is a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball comprised of eight teams. It also is one of the five conferences that earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

No. 9 Penn State was the only EIVA team to be ranked in the recent preseason national coaches poll, while fellow EIVA schools Princeton and George Mason received votes in the poll.