posted November 16, 2008

Coach Becky Schmidt Elected to National VB Board

 Hope College volleyball coach Becky Schmidt has been elected to the board of directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the NCAA Women's Division III representative.

Schmidt just completed her fifth season as head coach of her alma mater. The 2008 Flying Dutch posted a 26-7 record en route to winning the championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and earning a berth in the NCAA Division III championships.

Schmidt's record at Hope is 121-58 (.678). Her collegiate coaching record through the
2008 season, which includes three seasons at the University of Redlands, Calif., is 159-90 (.639).  A 1999 Hope graduate, Schmidt was an All-American middle blocker as a senior.

"I am very excited to serve the AVCA and its membership in this capacity," said Schmidt.  "The coaches and student-athletes in Division III are committed, talented and creative, and care deeply about the future of this game.  I look forward to working with them, as well as coaches at all levels, to provide the most profound athletic experience possible to our student-athletes, while also enhancing our own professional growth and development.  This is an exciting time of growth in the AVCA, and I am eager to continue the work that Kalamazoo College's Jeanne Hess has done to move Division III volleyball forward."