PRESS RELEASE 22.03.2005


HP Department Announces 2005 GYNT, WJNT Coaching Staffs

Colorado Springs colo, March 22, 2005 - The USA Volleyball High Performance Department is pleased to announce the coaching staffs for the USA Girlís Youth and Womenís Junior National Teams for the summer of 2005.

Shelton Collier, head coach at Wingate University in North Carolina, will return as the head coach of the 2005 Womenís Junior National Team. He was at the helm of the 2004 Wjnt that won the Norceca Zone Championship and earned an automatic bid into the 2005 World Championships.

Collier also served as the Girlís Youth National Team Head Coach that placed fourth at the 2003 FIVB Girlís Youth World Championships. Erikka Gulbranson, (Vanguard University) and Tom Hogan (Cincy Classics) will return as the Collierís assistant coaches this year. Tom Paszko (Colorado Juniors) will serve as the apprentice training coach.

Training for the 2005 Womenís Junior National Team (athletes born in 1986-1987) is slated to begin in early July at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. The final team will travel to Ankara, Turkey, to compete in the 2005 FIVB Womenís Junior World Championships from July 23-31.

Rich Zeciski (Team Z Volleyball Club) coached the 2004 Girlís Youth National Team to a gold medal at last yearís Norceca Zone Championships and will return with his entire staff to compete in the 2005 FIVB Girlís Youth World Championships. Ted Wade (Austin Juniors) and Melissa Wolter (Western Florida University) will serve as Zeciskiís assistants. Ben Boldt (Nebraska Juniors) has been named as the apprentice training coach for the team this summer.

The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the tentative training site for the 2005 Girlís Youth National Team (athletes born in 1988-1989). Training will also start in the second week of July. The 2005 FIVB Girlís Youth World Championships will take place from July 23-31 in Macao, China.

The National High Performance Camp (born in 1990 and after) will be led by Kim Jagd, an assistant coach at Ucla. She will be assisted by Charlene Tagaloa (Nebraska), Anne Kordes (Saint Louis) and Todd Dagenais (USA Volleyball). The training camp will take place from July 14-19 in Austin, Texas. Members of the Nhpc will stay in Austin and compete in the USA High Performance Championships from July 20-23.

The coaching staffs for all USA menís and boyís programs are being finalized and will be announced shortly.