Competition makes us better, but collaboration is the glue to success. JVA Club Directors and Coaches compete against one another across the net all season long, but behind the scenes they are working together to find solutions to progress our sport in a positive direction. The JVA offers many opportunities for mentorship, collaboration and guidance, however, one of the most impactful in person opportunities is the JVA Club Management Track.

Be a part of the solution and join us, along with your fellow Club Directors on Wednesday, December 14th for the JVA Club Management Track sponsored by A Better Way Athletics, USSCI, and Hudl in Omaha, Nebraska during the AVCA Convention and Women’s NCAA D1 Championships. The JVA prides itself on turning gym rats into business rats, by creating opportunities for learning, networking, and yes, also laughter. Check out the schedule below.

1:00-1:30 – Welcome Gathering
Light refreshments, as well as coffee, tea and lemonade will be served. Meet other Directors before the educational sessions begin and enter to win prizes later on.

1:30-2:00pm – “Maintaining Culture and Consistency with Growth.”
The Opening Session is presented by Maggie Griffin who is in her 12th year as Founder and Club Director of VCNebraska.

2:10-2:40 –  “Making the Jump from a Small Club to a Larger Club while Maximizing Space and Maintaining Small Club Values”
Carolina Union Director John Brannon and Associate Director Abbi Hayes will share the keys to their success and collaboration as they grew from 11 teams in 2012 to 49 teams in 2022.

2:50-3:20 – “Managing Large Numbers at All Talent Levels from Tryouts to Skill Development”
Max Miller, Mintonette Sports

3:30-4:00 – “Finding, Hiring, and Training the Next Beginner to Elite Coach through a Robust Coach Training Infrastructure”
Travis Fuller – The Academy Volleyball Club

4:10-4:40 – “From Pain to Priority: Making Parents a Part of your Program through the Onboarding Process”
Heath Eslinger + Mike Lingenfelter

5:00pm Keynote Speaker/Comedian Micah “Bam Bam” White presents “Losing is a Part of Winning!”
Through trials and tribulations in his own life, Micah has realized that what seems to be a loss in most cases is preparation for a future win. As a coach, that was a major part of the foundation of his philosophy. Understanding that having the privilege to work with youth through sports, his dominant mission wasn’t to help his players win the match, but to use the match to teach them how to win in life. He stands firm on the belief that the greatest lessons to win in life often came when his teams lost the match.

6:00-7:00 – Happy Hour presented by USSCI, A Better Way Athletics and Hudl to include food and beverages, along with raffling off prizes for attendees.


The JVA is also sponsoring several sessions during the duration of the AVCA Convention. These sessions will be extremely beneficial for junior coaches and directors, so please save them in your calendar.

December 15th at 2:30pm Beach Court – “Progressions that Drive Skill Development”
Beth Van Fleet, Beach Nation, Georgia State Head Women’s Beach Volleyball Coach

December 16th at 1:15pm CHI 213 – 214 – “Coaching for Mental Performance”
Join Rob Samp as he speaks to his time as a Mental Performance Consultant for D1/MOD Volleyball Club, with its curriculum and activities and the implications of running individual, team, coach, and parent development for Junior Volleyball Programs. In joining this session, Rob hopes for you to gain insight into, and learn how to meet, the unique developmental needs of your athletes.

December 16th at 2:30pm CHI 203 – 204- “The Truth Behind College Commitment: What Your Athletes Need to Know”
An experienced recruiting panel will address the reality of scholarships,, Covid Waivers, Rosters, and Expectations, how to best prep your athletes for college. Jen Flynn Oldenberg (Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Nancy Mueller-Culver (Director of A5 Chatanooga and Head Coach at University of the South), Kristen Kelsay (VCNebraska Recruiting Coordinator and Associate Director),  and Glenna Bianchin (Carolina Union VC Recruiting Coordinator).

December 16th at 3:45 Court 2 – “Training Elite Setters and Offensive Systems”
Blake Rawlins (VCNebraska Director of Coach and Player Development) and Kristen Kelsay (VCNebraska Recruiting Coordinator and Associate Director).

December 17th at 10:15am Court 2 – Small Games that Teach the Mental Part of the Game
Jason Kozak (Virginia Elite President and Recruiting Director) and Joseph Ziegler (Virginia Elite Technical Director and 18’s Head Coach).

Whether you’re a coach, director, program lead, or club administrator, we hope you make the trip to Omaha to take advantage of the networking, learning and professional growth that takes place during the JVA Club Management Track and the educational and social sessions at the AVCA Convention. Stop by the JVA Booth near Court 2 for chances to win swag and giveaways. Learn more about the AVCA Convention here.