The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that Michigan State head volleyball coach Cathy George is among the three newest appointees to the AVCA Board of Directors.
George is the new Awards Representative, and she will serve as the chair of the Division I AVCA All-America committee. She was heavily involved with the All-America selection process since being named to the committee in 2014, and will now begin a three-year term as the chair of that committee.
In addition to George, two other new members will join the AVCA Board of Directors. The Ohio Valley Conference Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Services/Senior Woman Administrator Stephanie Castera is taking over as the At-Large Representative, and NC State Head Coach Linda Hampton-Keith is serving as the Education & Publications Representative.
"AVCA Board service, while certainly a labor of love, is also a tangible way to make a difference," said AVCA President and Iowa State University Head Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. "We are thrilled that Stephanie, Cathy and Linda agreed to share their experience and expertise with us, and I look forward to working with them."
"Whenever I feel anxious about the challenges ahead for volleyball, I look at the quality and depth of talent on the AVCA Board of Directors and think, `bring it on!" said AVCA Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer. "Stephanie, Cathy and Linda add even more skills to an already capable and dedicated group of leaders."
Their new positions are retroactive to January 1, 2017, and are three-year terms. __________________________________________________________________
Cathy George -- Awards Representative
One of the most successful coaches in college volleyball history, Cathy George has accumulated a total of 597 career victories , spanning three decades at North Dakota State, UT-Arlington, Western Michigan, and the last 12 at Michigan State. In 1988 at North Dakota State, she was named the AVCA Division II Coach of the Year, and the following year at UT-Arlington became the first woman to lead an NCAA Division I program to the NCAA Semifinals.
With the Spartans, she has churned out five 20-win seasons, four AVCA All-Americans, and is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw her team record a 25-9 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the powerhouse Big Ten Conference. MSU has gone 232-163 in her tenure, and is one of just three schools in the B1G to finish .500 or better in league play over the last six seasons. George's teams have won at least one game in each of the last six NCAA Tournaments, and have three times advanced to the Sweet 16.
George has served on the AVCA Division I All-America Committee since 2014 as the North Region Representative, and will now spend the next three years as chair.
Stephanie Castera -- At-Large Representative
Castera has been at the Ohio Valley Conference since January 2014, and in February 2015 the role of SWA was added to her role. She is responsible for NCAA Division I governance, legislative, and policy matters for the OVC. Castera also oversees key programs in the conference and NCAA such as the NCAA Student Assistance Fund Program in addition to handling the nomination and selection process for the OVC Academic Awards. In volleyball, she serves as the sport oversight administrator, and was a student-athlete on the volleyball team at Ball State University.
She arrived at the OVC will plenty of experience working inside the NCAA. For six-plus years, she worked in the Eligibility Center then went on to work in Academic and Membership Affairs. The Iowa native served as the AVCA Legislative Liaison while at the Association.
Linda Hampton-Keith -- Education & Publications Representative
In 2016, Hampton-Keith completed her first year at the helm of the NC State Wolfpack and has made an immediate impact. They finished with their first 20-win season since 2013, and recorded a hitting percentage of at least .300 in eight matches.
Prior to her time in North Carolina, Hampton-Keith spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level at Arizona State, TCU, North Texas, and Florida International. She also spent several years as head coach at P.K. Yonge High School (Gainsville, Florida), and worked in the USA Volleyball Youth Development Programs.
The FIU alumnus previously served on the AVCA Minority and Assistant Coaches Committees in addition to authoring several articles for the AVCA's Coaching Volleyball Magazine, and speaking at AVCA Conventions.