With the help of a $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation and First Point Volleyball Foundation, men’s volleyball will be coming to Richard Bland College making it one of 15 institutions starting a men’s volleyball program.
“The Athletics Department is excited about adding exceptional student-athletes to campus and welcomes the leadership attributes these student-athletes possess,” said Scott Netwon Director of Student Life and Athletics and Head Volleyball Coach.
First Point Volleyball Foundation is working to create new opportunities to increase men’s participation in volleyball. The addition of men’s volleyball comes as the sport is growing at high school and collegiate levels with dozens of programs being added each year and the percentage of new players growing from 10 to 15 percent each year.
The institution is now poised to add men’s volleyball, which provides additional opportunities for talented student-athletes to attend and excel at RBC,” said Richard Bland President Debbie Sydow.
“Our hope at First Point is to see 35 or 40 more two-year colleges follow these 15 and sponsor men’s volleyball,” said Mick Haley, First Point Volleyball Foundation volunteer board member and AVCA Hall of Fame.
Intercollegiate athletics returned to Richard Bland in 2013 and the school will be competing in the spring of 2023 as a member of the NJCAA Region X Conference.