Mary Wise Elected President Of AVCA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Florida volleyball head coach Mary Wise was elected to serve as the future president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association the organization announced.

Wise, in her 15th season at Florida and 24th year of collegiate coaching, was elected by a vote of the entire AVCA membership to serve as the AVCA President. The position carries a six-year term of varying responsibilities beginning in 2006.

"In any professional organization there is a responsibility to give back - serving as president of the AVCA will allow me to do just that," Wise said. "The only reason I can take on these extra responsibilities is because of the tremendous staff we have in place here at the University of Florida."

Wise will serve the AVCA Board of Directors as President-Elect from 2006 to 2007, before taking over as president of the Association for the 2008 and 2009 calendar years. Her six-year cycle in the AVCA presidency concludes as past president in 2010 and 2011.

"As president, my goal is to help promote volleyball, be it on college campuses or in areas of the country that are just starting volleyball," Wise wrote in her nomination platform statement. "The charge is to increase visibility and at the same time, increase AVCA membership, especially that of the high school and club coaches."

"In order to improve our sport, we must look beyond the personal battles and look at the big picture," Wise continued in the platform statement. "As president, the question to be asked and answered will be 'What is good for volleyball?' We all have the responsibility to give back to our sport."

Wise has compiled a 480-50 record leading the Gators to 14 Southeastern Conference titles in as many seasons in Gainesville. She has guided Florida to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship semifinals seven times and is the only female coach to lead her squad into the championship match.

Wise has been active within the AVCA for several years. She serves on the AVCA Television Committee as well as the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll committee.

Wise has been named Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year twice (1992, 1996) and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year 10 times. She has coached 15 athletes to 32 AVCA All-America honors, while a Gator has earned SEC Player of the Year 12 of her 14 years with the school. Academically, seven Florida student-athletes have been honored with a total of 13 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Wise jumped immediately into the coaching realm after graduating from Purdue in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. She was selected as head coach at Iowa State from 1981 to 1984, becoming the youngest NCAA Division I head coach ever hired at the age of 21. After compiling an 81-63 record with the Cyclones, Wise then moved on to become an assistant coach at Kentucky from 1986 to 1990. She holds a 561-113 record as a head coach.

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