The 2013-14 USA volleyball season was highlighted by record numbers at tryouts, 11 terrific teams, a 14U Regional Championship, 2, 18U teams finishing top 5 at Gold Regionals, Gold Division finishes in 16U and 12U, and consistent improvement in finish with literally every team in the club throughout the year.
2014 14U CEVA Gold Division Regional Champion Red Team Head Coach Steven Bodo, is the deserving recipient of this year’s PVC Coach of the Year Award. Steven’s award is directly the result of a Red Team “Dream Season.” Red 14U started the season with a 3rd place finish at the NCVA President’s Day Tournament in San Jose, won 3 of the 4 Gold Power League Tournaments winning the Gold Power League Championship, went undefeated in a perfect Gold Division CEVA Regional Championship win, was 14U Finalist at the Emerald City Classic, and achieved a top three finish at Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, losing only to the finalists.
While some might say, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it,” PVC asked, “But could we just tweak it a little and make it even better?”
PVC has enjoyed a consistent, high quality staff for a number of years, especially on our highest level teams. This year, however, PVC will specifically focus on our developmental teams by moving coaches who have “first team” experience to head jobs on lower level teams. Further, extra developmental help has been sent to our 14U and 12U teams. The Technical Director Job is now handled by two Technical Directors who not only coach teams, but also help direct the training at all age group levels. There is over 65 years of coaching experience between Carl Neuburger – Club Director – who now assists 14U and 12U teams and Jim Kirby – Technical Director and veteran head coach – who assists with 16U and 18U teams. Further, our first team coaches oversee age groups that are specific to their experience expertise.
Portland VBC is dedicated to putting our college bound athletes in the best tournaments to be evaluated by the most college coaches possible. PVC was at the first Volleyball Festival, first Bayview Classic in Berkeley California, first Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier, first Spokane National Qualifier, Arizona Fiesta Classic in Phoenix, and the first Las Vegas Invitational to name a few. PVC has never been afraid or unwilling to travel to major tournaments to compete with the best.
A normal CEVA Junior Girls Volleyball Season is generally last of November through May, ending at the Emerald City Classic in Seattle the last weekend of May. During that time, most top clubs will have 5 to 6 hours of training during the week and attend a one-day Power League tournament and one other 3-day traveling tournament somewhere. Beside experience, the larger 3-day tournaments offer exposure to college coaches and their evaluations.