Lexington, Ky. - July 23, 2019 - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that Springfield College's Joel Dearing '79 is a member of the 17th annual AVCA Hall of Fame class. Dearing will be joined by Laurie Corbelli, Doug Dannevik, and Jodi Manore and be honored in ceremonies at the 2019 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2019 AVCA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport with the AVCA Hall of Fame. The first AVCA Hall of Fame class, a total of 23 individuals who had earned either the AVCA Founders Award or AVCA Excellence in Education Award, was honored at the 2003 AVCA Convention. These four will make a total of 84 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame.
Dearing, a former men's and women's volleyball coach at Springfield College, is regarded as one of the greatest collegiate volleyball coaches of all time. In 22 seasons at the helm of the Springfield women's program, Dearing led Springfield to an overall record of 595-196, accumulating a winning percentage of .752, ranking him in the top 10 all time in Division III. Over the course of his 30-year career as a coach, Dearing has an all-time win-loss record of 728-310, good for a .701 winning percentage.
In his 22 seasons with the women's program, Dearing guided Springfield College to 19 seasons winning 20 or more matches and never posted a losing season. Earning NCAA Championship Tournament bids nine times, Dearing's teams went to five straight NCAA Tournaments from 1993-1997, winning the Division III Northeast Regionals in 1995 and 1996 to advance to the national quarterfinals. In his final year as a head coach of the program, Dearing posted an outstanding record of 31-5 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship. In 2008, Dearing went 32-5 and won the NEWMAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, earning NEWMAC and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year honors, while the 2003 campaign featured a Springfield squad that owned a 34-3 record, including a school record of 21 wins in a row.
Dearing spent seven seasons on the sidelines of the Springfield's men's program from 1989-1996, accumulating an overall record of 130-52, good enough for a winning percentage of .714. Additionally, he was named the Division II Coach of the Year in 1991 and was chosen the EIVA Division III Coach of the Year in 1996.
Prior to joining the Springfield College staff, Dearing served as the director of athletics at Roger Williams University (R.I.), where he started both the women's and men's volleyball programs. While there, Dearing compiled an overall record of 174-136. His women's teams posted a 133-114 mark in eight years, while the men's squads had a three-year record of 41-22.
A USAV Level III accredited coach and member of the USA Volleyball cadre, Dearing has conducted clinics throughout the United States, in Aruba, Argentina, Bermuda, China and Ireland. Dearing has served as a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Induction Selection Committee Chair, and in the spring of 2006, USA Volleyball, the AVCA, and Molten USA recognized Dearing with the Trailblazer Award for his role in establishing the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship in 1997. During the 1997-98 academic year, Dearing was honored as a Springfield College Distinguished Professor of Humanics, was the recipient of the 2013 Volleyball Hall of Fame Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award, and was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
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