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.
Name change for the VolleyDons
Don’t call them Fort Wayne or IPFW anymore. The school’s athletics department announced Tuesday its sports teams will be called Purdue Fort Wayne after the university changed its name from Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne to Purdue University Fort Wayne. Along with this rebranding, the athletics department unveiled a new logo that features a black, gold and blue color scheme. Purdue Fort Wayne will maintain the school nickname of the Mastodons.
UCLA recruit wins Player of Year honor
Opposite Kevin Kobrine was selected as the 2018 Orange County Register High School Boys’ Volleyball Player of the Year. Korbine, who has committed to UCLA, had 18 kills as his high school team Corona del Mar beat undefeated Newport Harbor in the section championship. In addition, the senior had 13 kills and seven digs to help Corona del Mar once again defeat Newport Harbor the following week to win a regional championship.
Lewis adds former UCLA student assistant to staff
Galen Dodd was named a graduate assistant coach at Lewis for the upcoming season. Dodd spent the last two years working as a student assistant with UCLA, which reached the NCAA Tournament finals last season. He also served as a USA Volleyball technical coordinator and was on the U.S. coaching staff for the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship.
Former USC assistant takes over at Menlo College
Menlo College hired Todd Hollenbeck to be the NAIA program’s new head coach for the 2019 season. Hollenbeck has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with USC and oversaw the Trojans’ recruiting. This will be Hollenbeck’s first college head coaching job since spending five years as the UC Santa Cruz head coach. Hollenbeck during his time with UC Santa Cruz was selected as the 2015 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.
Graceland tabs McKim as next head coach
Former Siena Heights assistant coach Chris McKim was hired as the new head coach for the Graceland men’s volleyball team. McKim joins the NAIA school after helping guide Siena Heights to a program-best 19-7 record last season, including the program’s first win against a top-five NAIA ranked team.
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