Sports Imports Expands AVCA’s Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship Program

New learning initiatives part of enhanced career development opportunities for up-and-coming volleyball coaches

Provided by:  Pat Henderson, Manager of  Communications and E-Commerce, American Volleyball Coaches Association,

LEXINGTON, KY AND COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 19, 2022) — The American Volleyball Coaches Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Sports Imports to expand the association’s successful Coaches 4 Coaches program.

The program, which offers scholarship funds to a group of up-and-coming volleyball coaches that allow them to attend their first AVCA Convention, will now include a range of new learning components funded by Sports Imports, which is a long-time AVCA Corporate Partner.

“The Sports Imports team values the investment Coaches 4 Coaches is making in engaging and providing educational and mentorship opportunities for the next generation of volleyball coaches,” said Sports Imports CEO Cyndie Dunlap. “We are excited to partner with such a worthy program.”

The new initiative takes the Coaches 4 Coaches program beyond attendance at the AVCA Convention by adding continuing education opportunities from True North Sports that further holistic career development. One of the main benefits for the C4C recipients is access to a series of nine, 90-minute live sessions on Zoom from January to May 2023. During these live sessions, participants will engage with accomplished volleyball coaches from around the country to discuss coaching concepts and will learn from leaders in the profession.

Other enhancements include an individual half-hour session for C4C scholarship winners, self-paced “Managing Yourself” classes, and a career advancement toolkit.

“Coaches 4 Coaches has been helping to open the door of opportunity for aspiring volleyball coaches for 13 years,” said Jaime Gordon, Director of Athletics and Head Volleyball Coach at Morehead State University. “The generosity and commitment of those in our profession has made it possible to award scholarships to 150 exceptional coaches to attend the AVCA Convention. Our partnership with Sports Imports—and their commitment to volleyball—is making it possible for us to expand the educational benefits of Coaches 4 Coaches in impactful ways.”

In addition to being open to the Coaches 4 Coaches group, AVCA Diversity Award recipients will have the opportunity to engage in this expanded programming as well.

To learn more about Sports Imports, go to For details on the AVCA Coaches 4 Coaches program, visit Applications for the 2022 Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship will be accepted through October 3.


About Sports Imports

Sports Imports, in Columbus, Ohio, is the industry leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of indoor and beach volleyball equipment in the Americas. The net system trusted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the American Volleyball Coaches Association, USA Volleyball, the National Federation of State High Schools Association and the choice of over 90 percent of Division I college programs, Sports Imports is owned by the same family who launched the company over 40 years ago with its famous red poles. As volleyball equipment experts, Sports Imports sets the industry standard for innovation, quality, durability, and performance. The company was the first to introduce an in-ground net system—without dangerous guy wires—that is safe, strong, and easy to set up; its 19-pound SI-1 all-carbon volleyball pole is the best-selling pole on the market today. Sports Imports is the only supplier ever elected to the AVCA Hall of Fame. In addition, it is the exclusive partner of Senoh in the Americas.


About the American Volleyball Coaches Association

The AVCA, an educationally based nonprofit headquartered in Lexington, KY, is the largest and most diverse volleyball coaches association in the world. With a broad mandate to develop the sport, the AVCA provides leadership, recognition, advocacy, and professional development opportunities to over 8,000 volleyball coaches. Members include college, high school, club, and youth coaches, and well as a wide variety of product and service providers.