Jay Van Vark hired as Nicholls’ 10th Head Volleyball Coach

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls Director of Athletics Matt Roan announced Thursday that Jay Van Vark has been selected as Nicholls State University’s 10th Head Volleyball Coach, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.”Coach Van Vark’s resume speaks for itself, and it became obvious through the interview process and when we had him on campus that he was the right person at the right time for our volleyball program,” Roan said. “He articulated in great detail his plan to build a championship-contending program. He has recruited at the highest level, developed talent at each stop in his career, and his knowledge of the game is second to none. We are so excited to get him here, watch him build his staff and make an instant positive impact on our student-athletes and the community.”Van Vark takes over the helm in Thibodaux after successful stints as an assistant at four Division I stops, including Grand Canyon University, The Ohio State University, San Diego State University and UC-Santa Barbara, in addition to a wealth of experience with USA Volleyball.”First and foremost I’d like to thank [Nicholls President] Jay Clune, Athletic Director Matt Roan and his entire senior team for giving me this opportunity here at Nicholls,” Van Vark said. “I’m thrilled about joining this program and Colonel Country. The Southland Conference has a proud history, and we are aiming to rise and compete at the top of the conference.”Van Vark was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ unexpected Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 when Ohio State was ranked 80th in the country during the preseason. Those results were mirrored at San Diego State in 2012 when the Aztecs recorded their first-ever Mountain West Championship and undefeated season at home.During his final years in college at Iowa State, he played semi-pro indoor with the ACCO Sportswear team for two seasons, followed by three campaigns of outdoor for East Beach as an AAA-rated beach and grass player. He has also played in five indoor USVBA Open National Championships. In the late 80s, he was a college referee and at one point was the youngest official for the Big 8 (now the Big 12).Van Vark moved to San Diego after college, heading the Rancho Bernardo High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs for 10 seasons. He led the Bronco girls to their only CIF volleyball title in 1994.In addition to coaching, Van Vark is the co-founder of a successful software firm called Envision Sports Inc., a statistical and technology enhancement high-tech firm focusing on volleyball. He is also the author of one of the most successful volleyball statistics packages, iVolleyStats.Van Vark earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from ISU in 1987. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native has two children, Audrey and Jared. Audrey Van Vark is a Missouri graduate now settled in San Diego, and Jared Van Vark is a junior on Colorado State’s baseball team.USA Volleyball ExperienceHead Team Coach, USA Collegiate National Team, 2013 Dallas, 2014 Minneapolis, 2015 New Orleans, 2017 Minneapolis2013-18, Tech Coordinator, Women’s National Team Tryout2017 Junior National Team Coach, World Championships – Seventh-place finishWhat They’re Saying”Jay’s toolbox is loaded with just about every coaching skill you can think of. He is a gifted teacher in the gym, sees the game well, writes effective game plans, has elite-level mastery over the array of electronic devices so necessary for today’s game, possesses terrific touch as a recruiter, and understands how important it is to work within the goal structure laid out by the athletic administrators. He gets it! I’ve been one of his mentors throughout his preparation to be a head coach, and I think he is one of the best I have had the privilege to work with. You are going to be very happy that Jay is going to be your volleyball coach.”– Mike Hebert, AVCA Hall of Fame, Former Minnesota Volleyball Coach (1996-2011)”Congratulations to Nicholls State University. Jay Van Vark is a passionate and dedicated coach as well as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaches in our sport. His extensive involvement with USA Volleyball coupled with his collegiate background will certainly inspire the Colonels program to strive for unique achievements. Jay is deeply committed to quality, growth and progress. It will be exciting to see the direction in which Nicholls volleyball will grow under Jay’s vision and leadership.”- Laurie Corbelli, Former Texas A&M Head Volleyball Coach (1993-2017)last_img read more

Pacers believe LeBron goaltended on block in final seconds

first_imgMOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Instead, there was no call and James then dropped his 28-footer over Thaddeus Young to give Cleveland a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in this tight Eastern Conference first-round series.The Pacers didn’t complain on the floor. But later in their locker room they were angry about the game-swinging play. Several of the Pacers shook their heads while watching replays.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Of course, I thought it was goaltending,” Lance Stephenson said. “We should’ve got the ref’s attention. When you look at it on the replay, it’s clearly goal tending.”Oladipo thought he was fouled by James before the non-call. Said Pacers center Myles Turner: “It’s clearly a goaltend, but that doesn’t change the fact that they made the game-winning shot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I got a step on him,” Oladipo said. “I felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim, tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. It was a goal tend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. Even though we fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup was huge.“Give him credit where credit is due. The three was big-time. Definitely huge. But who’s to say they even run that play? We don’t know what happens. It’s unfortunate. It really sucks that they missed that.”James smiled when asked to describe his block, which was reminiscent of the one he made on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.“I definitely thought it was a goaltend,” James said with a laugh. “Of course I didn’t think it was a goal tend. I try to make plays like that all the time and I mean he made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.”If goaltending had been called, the Cavaliers would have had the ball on their own baseline and not in Indiana’s front court.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The Indiana Pacers felt cheated — by LeBron James and the officials.Moments before James beat them with a game-winning, step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Pacers were poised to take the lead in Game 5 on Victor Oladipo’s driving layup. However, James came from behind and blocked Oladipo’s shot, which appeared to hit the backboard before Cleveland’s star touched it — a goaltending violation.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Westbrook unleashes 45 as Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more