BOSTON, Mass. – Head volleyball coach Mike Houlihan will have a busy summer ahead of him, as the leader of the Beacons will take part in multiple USA Volleyball summer programs throughout the month of July.
"I feel incredibly honored for an opportunity to work with USAV, the athletes, as well as all of the other incredible coaches from around the nation during the High Performance Program. This is a great opportunity for me to give back and teach the game that I love, and that has done so much for me," said Houlihan.
Houlihan, who took over Beacons volleyball in the fall, will work at the USA Girls' selection national skills program. The first program will take place at Davenport University. The four-day program is a skill-intensive training experience, focusing on giving athletes a high level of game-like repetitions with feedback from High Performance Pipeline Coaches.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from the other great coaches in the program. This is an amazing opportunity and I am excited to get started," added Houlihan.
From there he will then take part in the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Along with coaches from Amherst College, Franklin Pierce University, and New England College, Houlihan will help select the top players to compete on the New England Regional Volleyball Association (NERVA) men's junior level teams. This year's championship event is one of the USA Volleyball's flagship events. The 100+ team event features tournaments for both boys and girls that include teams from all over the world which have included Brazil, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Puerto Rico.
Houlihan was named the new head coach of Beacons volleyball in the fall after serving as the co-head coach for the past four seasons alongside Hall of Fame coach Terry Condon. The Beacons will begin their 2017 season on September 1 when they take part in the Mary Hardin Baylor Invitational in Belton, TX.