AVCA Hands Out Convention Scholarships, Diversity Awards

  0 Wendy Mayer | November 08th, 2017 | Club Volleyball, College - Beach, College - Men's Indoor, College - Women's Indoor, High School, News

The American Volleyball Coaches Association continued its investment in the future of the game and the coaching profession with the announcement of 12 recipients of its annual Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarships to the AVCA Convention in December.

The scholarships provide money to pay for convention registration and hotel costs for the recipients, who are attending their first AVCA Convention. Selections are made based on academics, contributions to the sport, a letter of recommendation and a personal submission regarding their aspirations in coaching.

“On behalf of the committee I would like to congratulate the scholarship recipients,” said Coaches 4 Coaches Committee Chair and Morehead State University Head Coach Jaime Gordon. “This was an incredibly talented pool of applicants and a difficult process. We are confident that these 12 represent the passion and commitment of their peers, and will be outstanding ambassadors for the Coaches 4 Coaches program. I am grateful for the time and thorough commitment that the committee has dedicated to these applicants, as well as the many individuals that give so generously to make this program possible.”

Full biographies of the recipients are here.

  • Jasmine Brown, volunteer assistant, Louisville
  • Thomas Corbisiero, team manager and student, N.C. State
  • Carly Cramer, graduate assistant, Kentucky
  • Laurel Deacon, freshman coach, Duxbury High School
  • Bridget Justis, head volleyball coach, Sulpher High School
  • Ryan Leary, graduate assistant, VCU
  • Jacqueline Macy, graduate assistant, University of Redlands
  • Whitney Miller, graduate assistant, Springfield College
  • Stevi Robinson, assistant coach, Citadel
  • Chelsea Ross, student, Georgia State
  • Kayla Schanback, senior libero, Campbell University
  • Tanie Schatow, volunteer assistant, LSU


The AVCA also announced 10 recipients of its diversity awards, which offer complimentary registration to the convention and five nights of lodging. The awards are part of the organization’s diversity initiatives and minority coach development, and will gain the recipients access to an agenda of coaching education programming, mentoring and networking unctions targeted at them during the convention.

“2017 brought the deepest pool of talented aspiring coaches in the history of the award,” said AVCA Diversity Development Team Chair and Butler University Head Coach Sharon Clark. “The Diversity Team had a tough task during the selection process with so many worthy candidates. We are thrilled with this year’s awardees and look forward to them experiencing an informative and invigorating convention.”

Full biographies of the recipients are here.

  • Noel Carpio, manager, University of Arizona Beach and Indoor volleyball, coach at Southern Arizona Volleyball Academy
  • Frank Craig, graduate assistant, Oral Roberts
  • Sid Davidson, head coach, St. John’s Bosco High School
  • Alejandro Gonzalez, volunteer assistant, Minnesota State-Mankato
  • Carrie Gurnell, assistant coach, Gardner Webb
  • Thanh Harnish, head coach, Munciana Volleyball Club
  • Victoria Hurtt, assistant coach, Indiana Wesleyan
  • Ciara Jones, Director of Volleyball Operations, Clemson
  • Christian Staple, assistant men’s and women’s coach, McKendree University
  • Julian Welsh-White, volunteer assistant, South Carolina

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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