ASHLAND, Va. - Jeff Burns, Randolph-Macon College Director of Athletics, has announced that men's volleyball will become the department's 18th varsity sport.
Yellow Jacket men's volleyball will begin play during the 2018-19 academic year.
Bill Rogers, R-MC's head women's volleyball coach for the past 14 seasons, will serve as Director of Volleyball. Savanna Love '10, assistant women's volleyball coach for the Yellow Jackets for four seasons, will be Coordinator of Volleyball for both teams. Jared Horrigan, assistant women's volleyball coach for R-MC for the past three seasons, will be promoted to head men's volleyball coach.
“We are all extremely excited to add men’s volleyball to our family of volleyball at Randolph Macon College," Rogers said. "We feel that the time is right to start this program in this quickly growing sport and we are very happy to be on the crest of the wave in Division III men’s volleyball. We are starting the recruiting process immediately with our volleyball staff and will push the men’s program to compete at the national level like our women’s program”.
There are currently 75 NCAA Division III men's volleyball programs. The ODAC does not sponsor men's volleyball. The nearest conference would be the Continental Volleyball Conference, consisting of Eastern Mennonite, Marymount, Juniata, Thiel, Cairn and Rutgers-Newark. This year, Southern Virginia, Kean, Neumann and Ramapo will join the conference.
The regular season for men's volleyball runs from early January to mid-April. The historic Alumni Gymnasium, built in 1927, will be renovated for practice and matches for men's volleyball, thanks to the generosity of friends of the College and admirers of the R-MC volleyball program.
“With so many outstanding student-athletes already choosing Randolph-Macon on the basis of our strong academics coupled with a very successful athletics program, we are pleased to add men’s volleyball to our roster of excellent teams,” said R-MC President Robert Lindgren.
Randolph-Macon has developed a formidable program already in women’s volleyball. The Yellow Jackets are the two-time defending ODAC champion and were 24-8 overall a season ago and a perfect 11-0 in conference play. R-MC reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Yellow Jackets have won their five ODAC titles in the past eight seasons and have made six NCAA Tournament appearances.
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