Longtime Ohio State volleyball information director Koehl passes away

A national-award winning volleyball communications specialist from Ohio State passed away Thursday

The Ohio State athletics department announced Thursday afternoon that longtime Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s volleyball sports information director D.C. Koehl, 61, died due to complications of a fall he had in late November.

Koehl, a 1973 Ohio State graduate, was in his 39th year with the Buckeyes athletics department. He also in 2010 became the first sports information director to win the E. Douglas Boyden Media Reognition Award from USA Volleyball, which is given annually to a media member who contributes to the growth of volleyball.

“D.C. was one of the most dedicated and well-respected individuals in this athletics department,” Chris Schneider, MIVA commissioner and Ohio State associated athletics director, said in a statement released Thursday. “Not only did he provide great support to the coaches and student-athletes here at Ohio State, but he worked tirelessly for the sport of volleyball and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. We have all lost a dear friend today.”

Along with working at Ohio State, Koehl was the sports information director for the MIVA. Koehl during his tenure with the conference helped the MIVA expand its historical online databases and oversaw a website redesign.

Koehl was also part of the support staff for Ohio State last season as the Buckeyes became the first Midwest team to legally win a men’s volleyball NCAA championship.

“I am so thankful that D.C. had the opportunity to be with us in State College this past May to witness our finest hour as a program,” coach Pete Hanson said in a statement released Thursday. “I really feel like he probably was out there playing every moment on the court with our kids. Though he would probably never show outwardly how much he enjoyed that night, I believe that deep down it might have been one of his best Ohio State moments. Those thoughts make me very happy for D.C.

“He will be missed greatly for his professionalism and support. I have never met a finer Buckeye. He truly was a dear friend and colleague,” Hanson said.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Koehl had a strong interest in statistics and became one of the top statistians in Ohio State history. A Ohio State basketball media guide in the 1980s even stated that Koehl “has devised a system of storing historical athletic information in a computer.”

Koehle was also a 37-year member of the College Sports Information Directors of American and was honored with a 25-year award by the organization in 1999.

VIDEO: Q&A with USC coach Bill Ferguson

No. 6 USC one week after playing two matches against No. 1 BYU will continue its road trip against highly nationally ranked teams.

USC will travel to play No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday before playing UC San Diego on Saturday to close-out a four-match road trip. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 MPSF) lost both matches to the Cougars last week, while the Anteaters defeated the Tritons during the weekend to snap a two-match losing streak.

Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing for UC Irvine.
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My men’s volleyball media poll ballot

For the first time this season there is no new No. 1 in the weekly top 10 media poll.

BYU stays at No. 1 — receiving all but one first-place vote — for the second straight week following its two-match sweep against No. 5 USC. In addition, Lewis had one of the biggest jump in the new poll that was released Tuesday, moving up one spots to No. 6.

Check out this week’s top 10 men’s volleyball media poll and my ballot with explanations on why ranked each team where I did.
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The top 5 men’s volleyball stories of the week

It’s your top five men’s volleyball story list, but with a twist.

Every Sunday during the men’s volleyball season Off the Block will post the top five best men’s volleyball stories of the week from around the nation. The list, though, is based more on how well the reporter wrote and covered the story rather than just what happened on the court.
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VIDEO: Petty brothers lead No. 7 Lewis to upset No. 5 Penn State

The Petty brother combination at outside attacker came up big for Lewis in one of the team’s biggest home matches of the season.

Freshman Greg Petty had a team-high 14 kills and junior Jay Petty had 13 kills as No. 7 Lewis upset No. 5 Penn State 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20 on Saturday in Romeoville, Ill.

The Flyers (4-2, 0-0 MIVA) playing in its home opener out-hit the Nittany Lions (2-1, 0-0 EIVA) .429 to .213. Lewis also had more than a .400 attack percentage in the final three games, including hitting .524 in the third game.
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