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Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award Recognizes 274 Schools

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2005) -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce that 274 schools have achieved the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2004-2005 season. The 274 schools receiving the honor is the second most in the program’s history only to the 2003-2004 academic year when 305 schools achieved the award. All but one division category in the program either produced the most or second most schools receiving the honor in the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award history.

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. Nominating head coaches must be AVCA members.

Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls’ and boys’ teams. The college ranks produced 148 programs that met the requirements for the award. NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I schools earned the mark at 45 schools and fell two short of the overall record of 47 Division I schools receiving the distinction in 2001-2002. NCAA Division II (26) and NCAA Division III (43) charted the second highest numbers in program history.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) had 23 of its members achieve the honor this year, while the two-year college category fell one shy of its most ever with eight recipients. NCCAA (National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association) had a record two schools qualify for the award, while NCAA men’s programs produced its second all-time recipient of the award. A total of 126 high school boys and girls programs earned the award in 2004-2005.

“The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award embodies the true meaning of the student-athlete concept, and the AVCA is honored to recognize these schools for excellence in the classroom,” Katherine McConnell, AVCA executive director said. “We congratulate the student-athletes, as well as the coaches and school administrations, for maintaining balance between academics and athletics.”

A total of 801 different schools have won the award in the program’s 13-year history. Two institutions have earned it every year in Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Ark.) and Ross S. Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas).

University of Eastern Washington and Indiana State University both earned the honor for the seventh straight year, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Drury University, a Division II school, won the award for the ninth consecutive season. Ohio Northern University achieved its sixth consecutive inclusion on the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award list. Saint Benedict (Minn.) collected its second consecutive award and its NCAA Division III leading ninth overall. College of St. Mary (Neb.) earned the prestigious honor for the 11th consecutive season, the longest and most of any NAIA program. Phoenix College (Ariz.) pulled in its sixth straight award, the longest active streak among two-year colleges.

Vassar College became the first NCAA Division III men’s volleyball program to earn the award, and just the second overall collegiate men’s program.

Four high school programs reached Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award status on both the girls and boys volleyball teams. Pine Crest School (Fla.), Thomas McKean High School (Del.), Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) and Whitehall High School (Pa.) turned in the double honor.

Some of this year's award recipients achieved success on the court, as well as in the classroom. A total of 30 teams that earned the 2004-05 Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award also earned a berth in their respective four-year collegiate postseason national tournaments.

Six of eight region champions in the 2004 NCAA Division III Championship field won the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic award in Emory University (Ga.), New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, Williams College (Mass.), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wittenberg University. Washington University was the Division III national runnerup, while NYU advanced to the semifinals.

Each school will receive a plaque, and each player a certificate commemorating the designation.

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Additional Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award Facts
Year, Recipients
2004-05, 274 (second most in program history)
2003-04, 304 (a 48.3 percent increase over 2002-03)
2002-03, 205
2001-02, 178
2000-01, 130
1999-2000, 140
1998-99, 149
1997-98, 132
1996-97, 134
1995-96, 116
1994-95, 83
1993-94, 98
1992-93, 62


Breakdown by classification for 2004-2005:

NCAA DI Women: 45; NCAA Men: 1; NCAA DII Women: 26; NCAA DIII Women: 43; NAIA Women: 23; NCCAA Women: 2; Two-Year College Women: 8; High School Girls: 119; High School Boys: 7.

First-time winners in 2004-05: DI Women: 13 of 46; DII Women: 3 of 31; DIII Women: 11 of 43; DIII Men: 1 of 1; NAIA: 7 of 23; TYC: 1 of 8; HS Girls: 31 of 119; HS Boys: 4 of 7

History, Awards Won and Streaks
In its 13-year history, the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award has been earned by: 121 DI programs (men and women); 66 DII schools; 102 DIII schools; 64 NAIA schools; 2 NCCAA schools; 21 two-year colleges; and approximately 425 high school girls and boys teams.

Two teams have earned the academic award each of the 13 years of its existence: Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Ark.) and Ross S. Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas). Immaculate Conception High School (Elmhurst, Ill.) has earned the award 12 times in 13 years. Augustana College (S.D.), College of St. Mary (Neb.), Batavia High School (Ill.), Fergus High School (Mont.), Marysville High School (Mich.), Stillwater Area High School (Minn.) and Trinity Preparatory School (Fla.) have collected the award 11 of 13 seasons.

Schools with 10 awards to their credit are: Morehead State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Savannah College of Art and Design, Garden Spot High School (Pa.) and Red Land High School (Pa.).

Two-year colleges are topped by Southwestern Community College (Creston, Iowa) having earned eight designations. Wheeling High School Boys (Wheeling, Ill.) has won the most awards with nine.

Awards by State:
This year schools from 39 states and Korea (2) won the award. Historically, 49 states, the District of Columbia and two countries outside the United States (Canada and Korea) have been represented.

Eleven states placed 10 or more institutions on the list: Pennsylvania 18; Illinois 16; Wisconsin 15; Ohio 14; Texas 14; Minnesota 12; New York 12; Indiana 11; Nebraska 11; Kansas 10; and Missouri 10.

Success On and Off the Court:
Some of this year's award recipients achieved success on the court, as well as in the classroom. A total of 30 teams that earned the 2004-05 Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award also earned a berth in their respective four-year collegiate postseason national tournaments.

Six of eight region champions in the 2004 NCAA Division III Championship field won the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic award in Emory University (Ga.), New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, Williams College (Mass.), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wittenberg University. Washington University was the Division III national runnerup, while NYU advanced to the semifinals.

Central Missouri State and Concordia University, St. Paul both reached the NCAA Division II Regional Finals in 2004, along with earning the 2004-05 Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award. College of St. Mary (Neb.) claimed the honor this season, as well as a quarterfinal spot in the NAIA National Tournament.

Historically, five teams have attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in winning both the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award and their respective national championship in the same academic year. Those teams are NAIA's Dickinson State University (N.D.) in 2000-01 and then-NAIA University of Puget Sound (Wash.) in 1993-94, Division III Central College (Iowa) in 2000-01, Division II Barry University (Fla.) in 1995-96 and most recently Division I Stanford University (Calif.) in 2001-02.

NCAA Division I (45) (State), Head Coach
Appalachian State University (N.C.), Chad Callihan
Arkansas State University (Ark.), Craig Cummings
Auburn University (Ala.), Laura Farina
Belmont University (Tenn.), Deane Webb
Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.), Tonya Charland
Bowling Green State University (Ohio), Denise Van De Walle
Bradley University (Ill.), Scott Luster
BYU (Utah), Karen Lamb
Cleveland State University (Ohio), Chuck Voss
College of Charleston (S.C.), Sherry Dunbar
Creighton University (Neb.), Kirsten Bernthal Booth
Duke University (N.C.), Jolene Nagel
Duquesne University (Pa.), Steve Opperman
Eastern Michigan University (Mich.), Kim Berrington
Eastern Washington University (Wash.), Wade Benson
Gardner-Webb University (N.C.), Cole Tallman
Indiana University (Ind.), Katie Weismiller
Indiana State University (Ind.), Julie Krofcheck
Jacksonville State University (Ala. Rick Nold
Kansas State University (Kan. Suzie Fritz
Kent State University (Ohio Mora Kanim
McNeese State University (La. Dale Starr
Ohio University (Ohio Geoff Carlston
Samford University (Ala. Michelle Durban
Seton Hall University (N.J. Maureen Rafferty-Del Rossi
Southeast Missouri State University (Mo. Renata Nowacki
Southwest Missouri State University (Mo. Melissa Stokes
Troy University (Ala. Patrick Nicholas
United States Military Academy N.Y. Glen Conley
University of Akron Ohio Mike Sweitzer
University of Cincinnati Ohio Reed Sunahara
University of Denver Colo. Beth Kuwata
University of Evansville Ind. Mike Swan
University of Illinois Ill. Don Hardin
University of Kentucky Ky. Jona Braden/Craig Skinner (spring)
The University of Memphis Tenn. Carrie Yerty
University of Notre Dame Ind. Debbie Brown
University of Oregon Ore. Jim Moore
University of Southern Mississippi Miss. Ricci Luyties
University of Toledo Ohio Kent Miller
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis. Kathy Litzau
Valparaiso University Ind. Carin Avery
Villanova University Pa. Gilad Doron
Weber State University Utah Al Givens
Wichita State University Kan. Chris Lamb

NCAA Division II (26) State Head Coach
Bemidji State University Minn. Kim Falkenhagen
Carson-Newman College Tenn. Shannon Mincey
Catawba College N.C. Ginger Hamric
Central Missouri State University Mo. Peggy Martin
Chadron State College Neb. Dawn Brammer
Clarion University Pa. Tracey Fluharty
Concord University W.V. Pat Hardin
Concordia University, St. Paul Minn. Brady Starkey
Drury University Mo. Amy Gardner
Emporia State University Kan. Bing Xu
Hillsdale College Mich. Chris Gravel
Kutztown University Pa. John Gump
Lewis University Ill. Karen K. Lockyer
Minnesota State University, Mankato Minn. Doug Tully/Dennis Amundson (spring)
Missouri Western State College Mo. Cindy Brauck
North Dakota State University (transitioning to Division I) N.D. Zaundra Bina
Northern Kentucky University Ky. Carlos Chia
Northern State University S.D. Lisa Schriver
Pittsburg State University Kan. Ibraheem Suberu
South Dakota State University (transitioning to Division I) S.D. Andrew Palileo
Southern Arkansas University Ark. Shawna Laurendine
University of Bridgeport Conn. Valerie Steen
The University of Findlay Ohio Wick Colchagoff
University of Nebraska at Omaha Neb. Rose Shires
Upper Iowa University Iowa Julia Fielder
Wayne State College Neb. Sharon Vanis/Scott Kneifl (spring)

NCAA Division III (43) State Head Coach
Carleton College Minn. Heidi Jaynes
Central College Iowa Kent Clayberg
Clark University Mass. Karen Farrell
College of Saint Benedict Minn. Michelle Blaeser
College of St. Scholastica Minn. Dana Moore
Colorado College Colo. Rick Swan
Concordia University Wisconsin Wis. Joseph Cawley
Connecticut College Conn. Josh Edmed
Cornell College Iowa Jeff Meeker
Elmhurst College Ill. Julie Hall
Emory University Ga. Jennifer McDowell
Fontbonne University Mo. Kim Kutis-Hantak
Grove City College Pa. Susan K. Roberts
Hardin-Simmons Texas Hugh Hernesman
Hiram College Ohio Ellen Dempsey
Hope College Mich. Becky Schmidt
Huntingdon College Ala. Terina Gantt
Ithaca College N.Y. Janet Donovan
Kalamazoo College Mich. Jeanne Hess
Macalester College Minn. Steph Schleuder
Messiah College Pa. Judi K. Tobias
Moravian College Pa. Shelley Bauder
Nebraska Wesleyan University Neb. Gina Chambers
New York University N.Y. Ed Caesar
Ohio Northern University Ohio Kate Witte
Otterbein College Ohio Sharon Sexton
Penn State Altoona Pa. Aaron J. Bowers
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Calif. Valerie Cowan
Rochester Institute of Technology N.Y. Roger Worsley
Russell Sage College N.Y. Lisa Greiner
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Minn. Mike Lester
Salisbury University Md. Margie Knight
Shenandoah University Va. Sarah Pelster
Skidmore College N.Y. Hilda Arrechea
Smith College Mass. Bonnie May
Southwestern University Texas Hannah Long
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Wis. Sheila Perkins
University of Wisconsin - Stout Wis. Jill Jolliff
Vassar College N.Y. Jonathan Penn
Washington University in St. Louis Mo. Rich Luenemann
Webster University Mo. Merry Graf
Williams College Mass. Fran Vandermeer
Wittenberg University Ohio Paco Labrador

NCAA Men (1) State Head Coach
Vassar College N.Y. Jonathan Penn

NAIA (23) State Head Coach
Belhaven College Miss. Julie Langford
Briar Cliff University Iowa Mary Schroeder Miller
Bryan College Tenn. Leo Sayles
Carlow University Pa. Julie Gaul
College of Saint Mary Neb. Trish Siedlik
Concordia University Neb. Randy Krieger
Dickinson State University N.D. Dave Moody
Grace College Ind. Karen Peterson
Hastings College Neb. Fred Aubuchon
Madonna University Mich. Jerry Abraham
Montana State University - Northern Mont. Lisa Handley
Mount Marty College S.D. Tracey Grotenhuis
Mount Mercy College Iowa Paul MacDonald
Olivet Nazarene University Ill. Brenda Williams
Savannah College of Art and Design Ga. Glenn Cox
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology S.D. Doug Tabbert
Southwestern College Kan. Julie Konrade
St. Ambrose University Iowa Bruce Billingsley
Trinity Christian College Ill. Sue Gasperec
The University of Montana-Western Mont. Jenny Peterson
Urbana University Ohio Jeremy W. Wise
Ursuline College Ohio Deborah Wordell
Waldorf College Iowa Jody Dosser

NCCAA (2) State Head Coach
Clearwater Christian College Fla. Dr. Vickie Grooms Denny
Lincoln Christian College Ill. Kevin Crawford

Two-Year Colleges (8) State Head Coach
Blinn College Texas David Rehr
Central Community College-Columbus Neb. Mary Young
Chemeketa Community College Ore. Fredric H. Layman IV
Fort Scott Community College Kan. Angie Kemmerer
Hesston College Kan. Vanessa Schroeder
Phoenix College Ariz. Pat Mooney
Redlands Community College Okla. Kristin Vincent
Southwestern Community College Iowa Rita Schroeder

High School Girls (119) State Head Coach
Alpine High School Texas Rick Keith
Altoona High School Wis. Ron "Duff" Martin
Andover High School Kan. Susan Coffman
Antioch High School Ill. Bob Schenk
Arvada High School Colo. Patti Hagemeyer
Batavia High School Ill. Lori Trippi-Payne
Berean Christian High School Calif. Jim Simonson
Boyle County High School Ky. Dana Stigall
Bozeman High School Mont. Jo Ann Wilcox
Buchholz High School Fla. Mika Robinson
Buckeye Union High School Ariz. Carol Jurn
Cactus Shadows High School Ariz. Karen Sitkiewicz
Cardinal Dougherty High School Pa. James Harrigan
Castle High School Ind. Fred Bracher
Cathedral High School Ind. Jean Kesterson
Centennial High School Md. Michael D. Bossom
Champion Christian High School Calif. Dan Swagerty
Charlotte Latin School N.C. Suzanne Pignetti
Chugiak High School Ark. Gary Steinfort
Clark High School Texas Kirby Jameson
Clyde A. Erwin High School N.C. Kellee Harris
Convent of the Visitation School Minn. Sarah Leach
Coronado High School Colo. Joan Powell
Darien High School Conn. Laurie LaRusso
Darlington School Ga. Jim Linos
Decatur Community High School Kan. Pat Dorshorst
Desert Vista High School Ariz. Molly West
Dubois High School Wyo. Tina Baker
East Central High School Ind. Jody Thomas
East Lincoln High School N.C. JT Spanos
Edina High School Minn. Jeff Krause
Emporia High School Kan. Kendra Dawson
Ensley High School Ala. Douglass C. Moorer
Euless Trinity High School Texas Susan Kaufman
Fergus High School Mont. Tara Taylor
Francis Lewis High School N.Y. Arnie Rosenbaum
Garden Spot High School Pa. Dennis Werner
Garfield High School Wash. Leslie Hamann
Granbury High School Texas Tammy Clark
Hamilton High School Wis. Bill Serb
Hammond Clark High School Ind. Carol Core
Hardin High School Mont. Laura Sundheim
Harrison High School Ga. Clay Taylor
Hastings St. Cecilia High School Neb. Alan Van Cura
Hauppauge High School N.Y. Jaak Raudsepp
Havre High School Mont. Bill Huebsch
Helias High School Mo. David Harris
Henry Clay High School Ky. Dale Grupe
Immaculate Conception High School Ill. Jean Field
Immaculate Heart Academy N.J. Maria Nolan
Ironwood Ridge High School Ariz. Bill Lang
John Dickinson High School Del. David S. Lee
Jonesboro High School Ark. Jennifer Shipman
Kenosha Bradford High School Wis. Kyle Yackley
Kimberly High School Wis. Jeff Van Lannen
Lago Vista High School Texas Debbie Hansen
Lakeside High School Ark. Leigh Ann Back
LeRoy High School Ill. Lane O'Connor
Los Altos High School Calif. David Winn
Loyola Academy Ill. Jenny Morris
Lutcher High School La. Ricky LeBlanc
Marysville High School Mich. John W. Knuth
Merrill High School Wis. Sally Pfund
Middlesex High School Va. Tom Stephenson
Milwaukee Lutheran High School Wis. Sarah Bolz
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Minn. Julie Detjen
Mitchell High School S.D. Deb Thill
Mount Desert Island High School Maine Todd Brophy
Mountain View High School Calif. Gerrie Phillips
Mukwonago High School Wis. Mary Pocius
North Crowley High School Texas Ashley Ahlfinger
Northwestern High School S.D. Nora Groft
O'Fallon Township High School Ill. Corey Wallis
Omaha Marian High School Neb. Rochelle Rohlfs
Osan American School Inter. Brian Swenty
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Md. Karen B. Kart
Pacific High School Mo. Jennifer Lawler
Paul M. Dorman High School S.C. Paula Kirkland
Pine Crest School Fla. Denise Silvester
Pine Grove Area High School Pa. Daryl Wessner
Pulaski Community High School Wis. Peggy Mastey
Racine Lutheran High School Wis. Becky Demuth
Red Land High School Pa. Jeff Floyd
Red Lion Area High School Pa. Scott K. Musselman
Rib Lake High School Wis. Barb Anderson
Ripon Christian School Calif. Tiger Shelton
River Valley High School Wis. Lisa Roelke
Ross S. Sterling High School Texas Nadine Horne
Sabino High School Ariz. John Kramkowski
Saint Joseph Notre Dame Calif. Marcus Young
Seoul American High School Korea Denny Hilgar
Smithtown High School N.Y. Maura Olga Stouter
Southington High School Conn. Richard Heitz
Springside School Pa. Nick Smith
St. Mark's High School Del. Nancy Griskowitz
St. Puis X Catholic High School Ga. John Frederick
Sunrise Mountain High School Ariz. Deb Moore
Sycamore High School Ill. Debbie Klock
Tampa Prepatory School Fla. Michael Flynn
Tascosa High School Texas Chad Jones
The Taft School Conn. Ginger O'Shea
The Bishop's School Calif. Tod Mattox
The Charter School of Wilmington Del. David Stover
Thomas McKean High School Del. Trevor Hewitt
Tipton High School Ind. Bruce Wible
Towson Catholic High School Md. Charlie Loskarn
Trinity Preparatory School Fla. Kathy Finnucan
Victoria Memorial High School Texas Melinda Kirst
Warren Woods Tower High School Mich. Sue Walker
Waverly High School Mich. Stephanie Sanchez
Wayzata High School Minn. Scott Jackson
Wellsboro Area High School Pa. Jodi Wieder
Western Branch High School Va. Beth Lett
Westfield High School Va. Jim Bour
Westlake High School Texas Al Bennett
Wheaton Warrenville South Ill. William Schreier
Whitehall High School Pa. Judith A. Harakal
Wilton High School Conn. Jim Liptack
Woodland Baptist Christian School N.C. Ed Roop/Christy Roop

High School Boy’s (7) State Head Coach
John Dickinson High School Del. David S. Lee
Pavilion Central School N.Y. Rob Milligan
Pine Crest School Fla. Denise Silvester
St. Mark's School of Texas Texas Kenneth R. Klenk
Thomas McKean High School Del. Trevor Hewitt
Wheaton Warrenville South Ill. William Schreier
Whitehall High School Pa. Judith A. Harakal

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