Former Gaucho All-American Gorman to be enshrined into UCSB Hall of Fame

A two-time All-American for the UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball team was selected for the school’s athletics hall of fame.

The UC Santa Barbara athletics department announced Monday that Mike Gorman will be a member of the 2012 class inducted into the UCSB Hall of Fame.

Gorman in the final two years of his college career was a First-Team All-American in 1982 and a Second-Team All-American in 1983. As a junior, he also helped lead the Gauchos to a second place finish in the Southern California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association — the school’s best finish in the conference during the 1980s.
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Hawai’i promotes Podlewski to assistant coach for 2012 season

Hawai’i hired from within its men’s volleyball program to fill its assistant coaching void.

The Hawai’i athletics department announced Friday that Vernon Podlewski, a former Warrior and U.S. Men’s National Team member, has been promoted to an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Podlewski spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant coach and primarily worked with the players on their defense and passing skills.
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The aftermath of the World Championship: 5 things to take away from Team USA

The World Championship ended Wednesday, but there are many things college men’s volleyball teams and fans should take away from the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s performance.

No. 9 United States reached the final four for the first time in World Championship history before losing to No. 1 Argentina in the semifinals and No. 5 Serbia in the bronze medal game. The United States roster was comprised of 15 current college men’s volleyball players and four incoming freshmen.

Check out the top five things to take away from the World Championship for the upcoming NCAA men’s volleyball season in January.
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Former Hawai’i, Cal Poly coach Wilton selected for Cal Poly Hall of Fame

A multiple winner of the AVCA Men’s Volleyball Coach of Year award will be inducted into a college’s athletics hall of fame for his work with women’s volleyball.

Mike Wilton, a former men’s volleyball coach at Hawai’i and women’s volleyball coach at Cal Poly, was selected to the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame, the school’s athletics department announced Tuesday.

Wilton in his 11 years at Cal Poly from 1978-89 guided the Mustangs to nine NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, the coach reached the NCAA Regional Finals three times, and the Mustangs were ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll during the 1985 season.
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Hawai’i All-American Umlauft returns to Germany, undecided for 2012 season

An All-American and national leader in kill per game average is considering not returning to Hawai’i for his junior season.

Hawai’i outside attacker Jonas Umlauft will remain in his native Germany for the fall semester and is undecided on returning to the Warriors for the 2012 season during the spring semester, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Umlauft was a 2011 First-Team All-American and led the nation with a 5.57 kills per game average — the only player to average more than five kills per game. He also was named an Academic All-American ending the spring semester with a 3.93 culumative grade point average.
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Former NCAA Player of the Year winner Ivie to be inducted into USC Hall of Fame

The only player in USC history to win the Men’s Volleyball National Player of the Year award twice will now be enshrined as one of the Trojans greatest athletes of all-time.

The USC athletics department announced Wednesday that former outside attacker Bryan Ivie will be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ivie was a four-year starter for USC from 1988-91 and helped guide the Trojans to the NCAA championship in 1988 and 1990. As a junior he was named the 1990 NCAA Tournament MVP after USC defeated Long Beach State in the national championship match.
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49ers outside attacker Crabb named U.S. captain for World Championship

There will be a new Captain America at the biggest international men’s junior volleyball tournament.

Long Beach State outside attacker Taylor Crabb was selected as the captain of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team for the 2011 World Championship tournament that starts Monday.

This is the second year Crabb has played for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team and competed at the international level.
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Former All-American Seiffert returns to Long Beach State as assistant coach

A former All-American and member of the last Long Beach State team to win a NCAA championship will join the 49ers coaching staff.

Long Beach State announced Tuesday that Chris Seiffert was hired as an assistant coach for the 2012 season.

Seiffert, a three-time All-American setter, played at Long Beach State from 1997-2000 and as a junior helped lead the 49ers to the 1999 championship. More than a decade since the end of his college career, he remains second all-time in school history with a 17.08 career assists per game average.
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Q&A with new BYU head coach Chris McGown

Chris McGown can’t help but have a little flashback every time he enters his BYU coaching office.

As a teenager McGown would run into the same office every week to visit his father, Carl McGown the BYU men’s volleyball head coach. Almost 25 years later it is now the son working out that office — and just like his father working to coach BYU to a NCAA championship.

The Cougars in June hired McGown, an assistant coach with the BYU women’s volleyball team, to become the new head coach of the BYU men’s volleyball team.
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Stanford, Rutgers-Newark receive AVCA award for academic excellence

Two NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams received a team national academic honor.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Thursday that Rutgers-Newark and Stanford earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 season.

To be eligible for this award a college or high school volleyball team must have at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale or have a 4.10 GPA on a 5.0 scale.
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