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Cook Elected To AVCA Board Presidency

Nov 9, 2020

AVCA Announcement

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sixth-year Washington Head Coach Keegan Cook will be embarking on a new leadership role within the sport, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2020 election results for the AVCA Board of Directors. Cook will assume the role of President-elect, a one-year term that is followed by two years as AVCA President, and a year as Past President. The new AVCA Board terms will begin in January of 2021.

"Volunteering to take on a leadership role in the middle of a pandemic takes courage," said AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer. "To have three of the most respected coaches in the country accept these roles is not only affirming to our staff but should give all AVCA members confidence about the future of the organization."

Oberlin College head women's coach and assistant director of athletics Erica Rau will become the NCAA DIII women's volleyball board representative. Paula Wiedemann, who was appointed to replace past Two-Year College board representative Mary Young in April of 2019, will continue in that board representative role in her first full three-year term beginning in January.

Cook, a Pleasanton, California native, took over the reigns as head coach at Washington in January of 2015 and has guided the program to two Pac-12 Championships and three trips to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in his five seasons. Before taking over as head coach, he was an assistant coach at Washington for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Huskies advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2013 and shortly after Cook was named head coach of the new beach volleyball program for their inaugural 2014 spring season.

"There is no better time than now for coaches of all levels to commit to the communities striving on behalf of our athletes," Cook said. "The AVCA is an established and invaluable leader within our sport. I am grateful to the membership for the opportunity to contribute in the coming years."

2020-21 will mark Rau's 10th season as head coach of Oberlin women's volleyball. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Rau also serves as assistant athletics director, senior women administrator, and deputy Title IX coordinator for Oberlin athletics. Since taking over the Yeowomen program, Rau is credited with changing the culture of the program resulting in her being the all-time leader in wins for the program.

Wiedemann, Missouri State University-West Plains head volleyball coach and newly appointed athletic director, has a 923-281 record with the Grizzlies as an assistant coach and head coach with the program in 23 seasons. She also currently serves as President of the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association.

AVCA Board members are elected by the constituency they represent. All members are eligible to vote for President-elect. The other new board members were selected by their peers in that sector of the membership. The AVCA Board is composed of 13 elected board representatives, two appointed voting board members for Diversity Development and Legislation, and non-voting members for Education and Awards.

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About AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,500 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.