Joel Dearing Coaching Volleyball
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This photograph shows Springfield College alumnus and faculty member Joel Dearing (class of 1979) coaching the women's volleyball team. After studying physical education at Springfield College, he earned his master’s degree in physical education from Bridgewater State College. Dearing then worked as the director of athletics at Roger Williams University, where he started the volleyball program. Springfield College then hired Dearing as an associate professor of physical education and women’s volleyball coach. Regarded nationally as one of the sport’s best coaches, he ranks in the top ten in Division III history with a 697-305 (.695) overall mark during twenty-nine seasons. Dearing has conducted volleyball clinics in Aruba, Argentina, Bermuda, China, and Ireland. During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dearing served as the Springfield College Distinguished Professor of Humanics. In 2006, USA Volleyball, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and Molten USA recognized Dearing with the Trailblazer Award for his role in establishing the Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship. A USAVB Level III accredited coach, Dearing serves as a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame board of directors and the U.S. Coaching Accreditation Program Cadre.
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