R-MC to Add Men's Volleyball as Varsity Sport

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Randolph-Macon Joins The Continental Volleyball Conference

November 16, 2017

ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon men’s volleyball has received approval to join the Continental Volleyball Conference it was announced on Tuesday. R-MC’s conference membership will begin in the 2018-19 academic year. The CVC is made up of ten other Division III institutions that sponsor men’s volleyball. Randolph-Macon will keep the conference at ten members when current member Thiel College departs after this season.  

“As men’s volleyball is an emerging sport within the NCAA, membership in the CVC provides a great opportunity for our program to play at the very best level in Division III,” said Randolph-Macon athletic director Jeff Burns. “We appreciate the confidence the CVC has in accepting our membership request and look forward to being a valuable partner in growing the sport of men’s volleyball in the region and at the national level. “  

The CVC was formed in 2011 and consisted of ten school spanning the entire country, including Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), Fontbonne University (St. Louis, Mo.) Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa.), Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, Wis.), the College of Mount Saint Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio), Philadelphia Biblical University (Langhorne, Pa.) now Cairn University, Stevenson University (Stevenson, Md.), Thiel College (Greenville, Pa.) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, Calif.).

In 2015, the conference split, keeping the CVC name with the schools in the eastern half of the country while those to the Midwest and West formed the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.

In the 2019 season, the CVC will consist of Cairn University, Eastern Mennonite University, Juniata College, Kean University, Marymount University, Neumann University, Ramapo College, Randolph Macon College, Rutgers University-Newark, and Southern Virginia University.

Randolph-Macon men’s volleyball is currently set to begin play during the 2018-2019 school year. For questions regarding the program, please email MensVolleyball@rmc.edu.

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R-MC to Add Men's Volleyball as Varsity Sport

August 11, 2017

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.

For questions or additional information, email mensvolleyball@rmc.edu