June 3, 1998
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce the election of seven coaches to the AVCA Board of Directors.
Washington State head coach Cindy Fredrick was selected president-elect by her peers. Fredrick completed her ninth season with the Cougars in 1997 after a four-year stint at Weber State. She has compiled a 184-113 cumulative record in Pullman. Fredrick has participated on the USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and has been an active member of the organization for 13 years. She will serve as president-elect through Dec. 31, 1998, when she will take over for current AVCA president and University of Southern California head coach Lisa Love.
Rose Shires, head coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will serve as the Division II representative. Shires completed her ninth season at UNO in 1997, leading the Lady Mavs to the national quarterfinals for the second consecutive season after claiming the national title in 1996. Shires has served on the AVCA All-North Central Region selection committee since 1995 and has participated on the AVCA All-America committee for the last two seasons. The 1996 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year, Shires has amassed a 195-86 overall record at UNO.
Stew McDole was again elected to serve as the NAIA representative on the AVCA board. McDole has served as the AVCA's NAIA representative since 1986. McDole completed his 16th season as the head volleyball coach at Graceland College in 1997. He has been an active member of the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Association since its inception in 1983, serving as the organization's president from 1994-96. He has also served on USA Volleyball's executive committee for the last eight years and is currently the organization's vice president.
Golden West College head coach Albert Gasparian will replace former Barton County Community College coach Ray Bechard as the Junior College/Community College representative. Gasparian has coached Golden West to nine California state titles in his 15-year tenure at the Huntington Beach school. He has also been actively involved with USA Volleyball, serving as women's assistant coach for the 1993, 1995 and 1997 World University Games teams. Gasparian has coached in the four-women tour, the National Volleyball Association and Major League Volleyball.
Louise Crocco, girls volleyball coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), will serve as the organization's high school representative. In 1969, Louise Crocco returned to her alma mater to start varsity volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She has remained at Cardinal Gibbons for 29 years, coaching its volleyball program to 17 state championships and an amazing 849-86 overall record. She served as the volleyball chairperson for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) from 1988-91. In 1988, she was selected as the National High School Coach of the Year by the national coaches association.
Stanford University associate head coach Denise Corlett will serve as the AVCA's first assistant coach representative. Corlett finished her first season as associate head volleyball coach at Stanford University in 1997 by helping the Cardinal earn their third national championship in the last five years. A member of the Cardinal staff for the past nine years, she also serves as a volleyball instructor for the physical education department. Prior to Stanford, Corlett was an assistant coach at San Jose State for two seasons. A three-time all-American at UCLA, she also received the Broderick award for badminton in 1977.
Tat Shiely, head volleyball coach at Marquette University, will continue her position as legislative representative through Dec. 30, 2000. She has served as the AVCA legislative representative for the last three years. Shiely has been the head coach of Marquette University since the program's inception in 1975, where she has posted a 370-435 overall record. Shiely also served as the school's first women's basketball coach from 1975-86, its senior women's administrator from 1985-94 and as the department's compliance coordinator from 1988-94. Shiely served on the NCAA committee on student-athlete welfare, access and equity from 1992-94.