AUSTIN, Texas — The College of Texas at Austin is including the quickly rising Olympic sport of Seaside Volleyball as a girls’s intercollegiate sport starting this spring.
“We’re excited to have Seaside Volleyball be part of the nation’s prime athletic program and be part of our successful Longhorn custom,” mentioned UT President Jay Hartzell. “The mix of Indoor and Seaside Volleyball will present larger aggressive alternatives for our student-athletes, enhance our capability to draw prime expertise and ship much more compelling sporting occasions for our followers and neighborhood.”
In its early phases of competitors as a varsity collegiate spring sport, Seaside Volleyball was accredited as an NCAA Rising Sport for ladies in 2009. It performed its first official season throughout the 2011-12 educational 12 months and hosted its inaugural Nationwide Championship in 2016. Underneath the route of Jerritt Elliott and the present Indoor Volleyball employees, the Longhorns will pursue a restricted spring schedule in 2023 earlier than turning into a totally sanctioned intercollegiate sport for the 2024 season.
“We have been discussing this for some time and are thrilled to be including this fast-paced and thrilling sport to our athletics applications,” mentioned UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte. “Yr in and 12 months out, we’ve one of many premier Volleyball applications within the nation, and including Seaside Volleyball will assist us to proceed to strengthen that. The year-round competitors in a sport that pulls among the greatest student-athletes within the nation might be a useful useful resource for Coach Elliott and our Volleyball program, whereas enhancing our athletics program total. We stay up for getting issues began this spring and steadily rising on this sport within the years to return.”
The Longhorns are traditionally one of many nation’s premier Indoor Volleyball applications, with three Nationwide Championship and 27 all-time convention titles. That custom has continued underneath Elliott, who’s in his 22nd 12 months main this system. Over the previous 16 seasons, he has led the workforce to a nation’s-leading 16 straight NCAA Candy 16s and 15 NCAA Regional Finals, 10 Last Fours and 5 Nationwide Championship matches. The Horns received the NCAA title in 2012 and have claimed 10 of the previous 11 Large 12 Championships.
“That is one other nice alternative to construct and broaden our model of Texas Volleyball,” Elliott mentioned. “Having it alongside our indoor workforce might be an ideal addition to our program in so some ways. Spring competitors and Seaside Volleyball will deliver added publicity, improve recruiting and the chance to herald much more elite student-athletes in our sport. It additionally will present further coaching alternatives together with some thrilling volleyball occasions and competitions within the years to return. And on prime of that, it is a actually enjoyable and entertaining sport that I do know our followers will actually get pleasure from popping out to see.”
Seaside Volleyball will be part of a gaggle of 20 intercollegiate applications that has led Texas to back-to-back LEARFIELD Administrators’ Cup titles because the nation’s prime total athletics program throughout the previous two seasons. Texas is coming off a 12 months that included 4 Nationwide Championships and 6 NCAA runner-up finishes. Of its 20 varsity sports activities, 10 completed within the NCAA top-two finishes, 12 among the many prime 5 and 14 within the prime 10.