This set of new additions to the ranks of committed Wizards includes two of New England’s most highly respected collegiate coaches and the winningest high school coach in Illinois history.
Joel Dearing (USA)
As coach of the Springfield College women for 30 years, Joel ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division III victories with over 700. He also coached the men’s team from 1990 to 1996, and in his last season lead the program to a final #1 national ranking. Joel was AVCA Regional Coach of the Year on five occassions and coached 10 All-Americans. He is a member of the USA Volleyball CAP Cadre, has run clinics internationally, and has authored two books – Volleyball Fundamentals (2003), and William G. Morgan – Inventor of Volleyball (2007).
Peg Kopec (USA)
Bob Schneck (USA)
As head coach at the University of Rhode Island for 35 seasons, Bob has amassed nearly 600 victories. His teams have won 3 Atlantic-10 tournament titles and have made 11 trips to the finals. His 1985 team achieved a Top-25 national ranking and was the only A-10 team to beat Penn State during the latter’s tenure in the conference. Bob’s 1995 team reached the semifinals of the NIT and he was NCAA District I Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. As a member of the USA Volleyball CAP cadre, Bob has a long record of working in coaching education and to help grow and develop volleyball in the New England region – including helping to organize and host the 1984 National Junior Olympic championships. All of this followed a highly successful high school coaching career in Pennsylvania where one of his highlights was beating Mick Haley’s Kellogg CC team.