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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 25, 2007) – USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal announced today the hiring of Monica Paul as the organization’s associate director of events. She previously served as the U.S. Women’s National Team technical coordinator from 1997 to 2001, including the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
As part of the USA Volleyball events staff, Paul will assist in the supervision and conduct of all USA Volleyball domestic events. She will supervise and oversee operations and logistical support services for the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships Qualification and National Tournaments, along with national team competitions. Paul will assist in the communication between the USAV junior volleyball community, qualifier directors, Championship Events Committee, local hosts and national office staff.
“We are very pleased to welcome Monica back to the USAV family,” Beal said. “She brings a unique level of experiences that will allow her to immediately assume responsibility for some significant events. As we expand that menu of events which USAV produces to meet the growing needs of our members, and schedule increasing international events to promote our national teams and grow the sport, experienced staff becomes an absolute necessity. Monica Paul fills that need perfectly and we are fortunate to be able to attract someone with her skills.”
“I am very excited to be back at USA Volleyball,” Paul said. “I enjoyed my time here with the National Team and look forward to setting higher standards for our events and making each a unique, memorable experience.”
Paul has several years of involvement with USA Volleyball, various other sports organizations and the Olympic movement. In her position as technical coordinator with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Paul organized tryouts, involving more than 120 athletes and coaches, for the USA National and A2 teams. She managed the team’s competition tours, including game-day and team travel logistics, event promotions and player relations. Paul was also responsible for the statistical and video analysis of all women’s team programs and players.
“Not only does Monica bring a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the USA Volleyball events department, she has succeeded in planning and executing large-scale events,” said Mike Chandler, USA Volleyball managing director of events. “Monica is well respected not only in the volleyball world, but is a respected negotiator in the facilities and convention and visitor bureau community. I am confident she will assist us in taking our current and future events up a few notches.”
After her first stint with USA Volleyball, Paul became the director of events, sponsorships and marketing with the Junior Volleyball Association from 2001 to 2003. She was in charge of the Mizuno Lone Star Classic National Qualifier, the Tour of Texas and Texas Championship Series, and the 3rd Coast Volleyball Championships.
She coordinated five national-level tournaments consisting of more than 2,000 teams, 20,000 participants and 100,000 spectators.
Paul’s technical background in volleyball includes six years as part of Data Project USA, a company she founded and co-directed. The business provided computer and statistical video analysis for colleges, club programs and national team programs in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Paul was responsible for marketing strategies and sponsorship opportunities related to Data Volley, Data Video, Data Training and DV Mobile software packages.
Paul has served as a guest speaker at various events through the USA Volleyball Coaching Education Program and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Annual Conventions. Her other professional experiences include director of competition for the Senior Olympics-2007 National Senior Games (2006-2007) and director of international and domestic events for USA Taekwondo (2004-2006).
“I think my wide range of experience in volleyball at the club, collegiate and the national team levels, along with the individual and multi-sport event experience with USA Taekwondo and the National Senior Games, will help me make a smooth transition into this role and hopefully have an immediate impact in future USA Volleyball events,” Paul said.
Paul graduated from the University Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She earned a master’s degree in physical education/sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
photos Janos Schmidt