Feb 27, 2013: We are proud to announce the dates for the 2013 North Texas Region Girls HP Program. All HP events will be planned, supervised, and conducted by college coaches.
The North Texas Region High Performance Program is a USA Volleyball-endorsed program that allows our region to train and compete under the USA Volleyball umbrella. The program is designed to duplicate, on the regional level, the same programs and training that athletes from across the nation can receive if they make a National program. Our goal is to identify elite junior volleyball athletes, promote and implement training and competition for these athletes and coaches, and to achieve sustained competitive excellence for all High Performance teams. For the 2013 HP Program, the North Texas Region will be offering at least 2 different age groups as part of their High Performance program. They are arranged according to the following age definitions (these age divisions differ from USAV Club Age Definitions).
Youth Division – Players born in 1996 or 1997
Select Division – Players born in 1998 or 1999
North Texas HP Program Outline and Important Dates
TRYOUTS – Players need to attend based on their date of birth (Tryout fee – $75)
- Tryout May 11 – Saturday – NTR Facility – 9:30a-Noon – Select – REGISTER
- Tryout May 11 – Saturday – NTR Facility – 1:00p-3:30p – Youth – REGISTER
NTR Facility is located at 1004 N Avenue, Suite 120 in Plano, TX 75074
From the Tryouts, players will be selected to attend the North Texas Region High Performance Camp. The cost of the Camp is $225.
- Camp June 11-13 – Tuesday-Thursday – NTR Facility – 9:00a-noon – Select
- Camp June 11-13 – Tuesday-Thursday – NTR Facility – 1:00p-4:00p – Youth
- NTR Facility is located at 1004 N Avenue, Suite 120 in Plano, TX 75074
From the Camp, players will be selected to train and to represent North Texas at the HP Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The cost of the Team Portion is $500. This includes airfare, hotel, uniforms and player admission to the Opening Ceremonies. The North Texas Region is paying for the rest of the players’ expenses.
- Practice July 10 – Wednesday – NTR Facility
- Practice July 11 – Thursday – NTR Facility
- Practice July 17 – Wednesday – NTR Facility
- Practice July 18 – Thursday – NTR Facility
- NTR Facility is located at 1004 N Avenue, Suite 120 in Plano, TX 75074
- HP Championships – July 23-27 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Please contact HP Director Forrest Medcalf with any questions.
Apr 5, 2013: North Texas HP Staff announced. All HP events will be planned, supervised, and conducted by college coaches.
The North Texas Region High Performance Program will consist of two teams this year, one Select Team and one Youth Team (age definitions below). The coaches who have accepted our invitation to coach this season are as follows:
- Craig Case has been the Head Coach at Texas A&M-Commerce for four seasons. Prior to that, he coached four seasons at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. In addition to serving as the head volleyball coach, he also served as an instructor and as the school’s sports information director. He guided the Vikings to its first winning season in nearly a decade and currently ranks second all-time in career wins in the program. At VCSU, Case coached the athletic department’s first-ever, first-team female All-American, two academic all-americans, an AVCA/NAIA Regional Player of the Year as well as multiple players, who earned conference recognition from the Dakota Athletic Conference. Among the recognition were two DAC Liberos of the Year and a DAC Player of the Year. Twice, his team was recognized by the NAIA as Champions of Character and was recognized by the AVCA for its academic success. Concurrently, he was also involved as the Director of the Valley City Juniors Volleyball Club. Craig served as the head volleyball coach at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma as they restarted their volleyball program in 2005. Despite having only a month to compile a team, Case had a player earn all-Sooner Athletic Conference honors. Prior to that, he served for three seasons as an assistant coach and assistant in the athletic development office at Northern State University, where he directed two all-region performers and five all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selections, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Libero of the Year and the team earned academic honors from the AVCA all three years. He has been active with volleyball camps ranging from remedial developmental to elite performance camps. He has served as a speaker at the North Dakota, South Dakota and the Oklahoma Volleyball Coaches Association clinics, and has been very generous with his time as he has spoken at several coaching clinics in the North Texas Region.
- Jenn King is entering her third season as the Head Volleyball Coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State. In 2011, Jenn led the Savage Storm to its highest conference finish in school history, placing third after posting a 10-6 record in the first season of Great American Conference play. SE finished the year 14-19 overall and saw star Lunden Azuara earn the first ever GAC Player of the Year honor and garner first team All-American recognition after finishing fourth in the nation in kills. Azuara and Tiara Iwegbu each earned all-conference honors, marking the second-straight season that SE has placed two players with all-conference honors under Jenn. Her squad posted a 10-15 record in 2010, finishing in a tie for eighth, but narrowly missing the conference tournament due to tiebreakers. Southeastern had a pair of all-conference selection in their final season as member of the Lone Star Conference, with Azuara and Brittany McDonald each earning second team honors. A native of Newtown, Conn., Jenn comes to Southeastern after two seasons at Saint Leo (Fla.) where the Lions amassed a 59-15 record while she handled the outside hitters and defense as an assistant. Prior to Saint Leo she served as the recruiting coordinator and middle hitters coach at West Virginia for two seasons. Before her time at WVU, she was the assistant coach at Marist College. There she worked specifically with middle blockers and the Red Foxes’ offense, while also serving as a recruiting coordinator. Jenn’s first coaching stint came at her alma-mater, Siena College. She was an assistant during the 2003 and 2004 seasons after having a standout four-year career there. As a player for the Saints, she manned the middle of the rotation for her final three years and served as captain her senior season. As an all-MAAC first team selection in 2001, King graduated fifth on the school’s all-time block list with 254 and ended her career with 807 kills and a career hitting percentage of .214.
- Sarah Carthel is in her seventh season as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M University. She is of the most accomplished players to ever take the court for the Lady Buffs. Sarah enjoyed one of the most outstanding careers in NCAA Division II volleyball history as a student-athlete for West Texas A&M from 1997-1999. As a freshman, the Amarillo, Texas native earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors while at the University of Texas. She then returned to the Texas Panhandle to lead WTAMU to a NCAA Division II national title as a sophomore in 1997. Sarah was a two-time NCAA Division II Player of the Year for the Lady Buffs, earning the honor as a sophomore in 1997 and as a senior in 1999. A three-time American Volleyball Coaches’ Association all-American selection, Sarah was also a two-time academic all-American pick. She was a three-time all-Region selection and Honda Award finalist for the top NCAA Division II Female Athlete in both 1997 and 1999. After graduating from WTAMU in 2000, Sarah was a graduate assistant at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo., while she played for the United States National team. She played professionally for the St. Louis Quest in the United States Professional Volleyball League, as well as also playing three seasons in a professional league in Puerto Rico (during the off-season). She also served on the coaching staff at Abilene Christian University from 2002-05. In August 2005, she was voted to the NCAA Division II All-Time Volleyball team, one of only six players to earn the honor. She was inducted into the WTAMU Hall of Champions in 2007 and in the summer of 2008 she was selected for induction into the Lone Star Conference’s Hall of Honor.
- Ed Garza joined the Austin College staff in August of 1996, when he became the Lady Kangaroos’ fifth all-time head volleyball coach. He is currently the 12th winningest active coach and 40th in all time wins at the NCAA Division III level. He has guided Austin College to six appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, advancing to the “sweet 16” round in 2005. His Collegiate record now stands 399-130 (.755 – winning percentage). Since 2002 Austin College has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in every weekly poll conducted by the AVCA and six of the last seven years the volleyball team has won 32 or more matches. While a member of the American Southwest Conference, the Kangaroos finished first or second in eight of his ten campaigns and in 2005 Austin College won the conference tournament in their last year in the conference. In 2007 the Kangaroos advanced to the championship match of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in its second season in the conference. The team finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation and won a program record 38 matches.
- Erica DuPree
For those interested in the High Performance programs provided nationally, please visit the USAV HP Page.
Junior Beach High Performance
The North Texas Region does not offer a regional Beach High Performance program, but USA Volleyball has increased the opportunities throughout the nation for those wanting to work their way into the beach pipeline.
Dallas area USAV Beach Tryouts: