AUSTIN– Texas on Tuesday introduced it has actually included females’s beach volleyball as the university’s 21st intercollegiate sport.
Interior beach ball instructor Jerritt Elliott and also his present staff will likewise oversee this brand-new group, which will play a limited springtime timetable in 2023 before transitioning to a totally approved NCAA program in 2024.
In a declaration, Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte stated including an additional university sport has actually remained in the help “a while.”
” Year in as well as year out, we have among the premier volleyball programs in the country, and including coastline volleyball will help us to continue to enhance that,” Del Conte said. “The year-round competition in a sporting activity that brings in several of the very best student-athletes in the nation will be a very useful resource for instructor Elliott and also our volley ball program, while enhancing our athletics program overall. We anticipate getting things began this spring as well as steadily expanding in this sporting activity in the years to find.”
Texas has been a noticeable player on the national indoor beach ball scene for years currently, going back to Mick Haley’s victorious run that lasted from 1982-95. Under Elliott, the Longhorns have actually won one national title (2012) and reached 16 straight NCAA Dessert 16s, 15 regional finals, 10 Last Fours as well as five championship game matches.
This period, Texas is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
” Having it together with our indoor team will certainly be a terrific enhancement to our program in numerous ways,” Elliott claimed in a declaration. “Springtime competitors and also beach volley ball will certainly bring additional direct exposure, enhance recruiting as well as the chance to generate a lot more exclusive student-athletes in our sporting activity. It also will give additional training possibilities in addition to some amazing volley ball events as well as competitions in the years ahead. And in addition to that, it’s a truly enjoyable as well as entertaining sport that I recognize our followers will really enjoy appearing to see.”
NCAA rules allow up colleges to disperse as much as 6 full coastline volley ball scholarships. However considering that the NCAA considers it an “equivalency sporting activity,” coaches can divvy up the scholarships amongst gamers, for instance awarding half- or quarter-scholarships to help fill out the roster. The NCAA has actually likewise stopped counting requirement- and academic-based help versus a group’s optimum sports scholarship limit.
Beach volleyball stays the NCAA’s most recent varsity sport. It played its first main season during the 2011-12 academic year and held its inaugural championship game in 2016.
Eight seminars currently fund coastline volley ball– significantly, the Huge 12 as well as SEC are not amongst those meetings– and also the champion event just recently expanded to 16 teams. The Pac-12 has controlled, with USC (four national titles) and also UCLA (two) hoarding all the national championships.
However Texas, with its vast sources and also elite interior program, believes it will certainly be able to take on those West Coastline programs in a couple of years.