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Alumni Chapter to host July 12 annual dinner

Mark Pavlik

Mark Pavlik, head coach of the Penn State men’s championship volleyball team, will be the guest speaker for the annual dinner meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. The event will take place on Mon., July 12, at Mea’s Restaurant, 8 W. Broad St. (in the historic Markle Building) in downtown Hazleton, with a cash bar starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

 

In addition to Pavlik, Penn State Hazleton Chancellor Gary Lawler will provide a state-of-the-campus update and chapter vice president Mary Homanko ’74 will provide a review of the group’s activities during the past year. Attorney Theresa Brennan ’86, dinner chair, will serve as host. During the evening, two autographed Penn State footballs and other prizes will be given away. 

 

Having been involved in all aspects of the Penn State men’s volleyball program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, 2008 AVCA National Coach of the Year Mark Pavlik is entering his 17th year at the helm in Happy Valley.

 

Capturing the 2008 NCAA National Championship and helping build the Nittany Lions into one of the premier men’s volleyball powers in the nation, Pavlik has compiled a career record of 390-113, winning more than 77 percent of his matches. Within the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), Pavlik’s teams have been even more dominating, racking up 173 wins and only suffering five league losses in 16 years (.972).

 

In 2010 after winning the program’s 22nd overall and 12th straight EIVA Tournament title, Pavlik’s squad advanced to the NCAA Championship. With a 3-0 sweep of Cal State-Northridge in the NCAA National Semifinals, the Nittany Lions advanced to NCAA Championship match for the third time in the past five years. It was Penn State’s sixth overall appearance in the championship match.

 

A 1982 graduate of Penn State and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 EIVA Coach of the Year, Pavlik has experienced Penn State from all perspectives. As a player, he was a setter under legendary coach Tom Tait. For five years prior to his promotion, Pavlik served as Coach Tom Peterson’s top assistant, during which time the Nittany Lions compiled a 111-39 record and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by the 1994 national title.

 

Pavlik has drawn from his various experiences to develop a unique coaching philosophy that stresses hard work in practice, a relaxed approach to competition and a determination to develop the well-rounded person and student-athlete. He also feels some of the best coaches are the most observant and can convince young people of what it takes to succeed in life, not just on the court.

 

Pavlik has guided some of the nation’s greatest players during his tenure, including Ivan Contreras and Matt Anderson who were both named AVCA Players of the Year. He has also coached 19 different players to 37 All-America awards and at least three of his players have earned first team All-EIVA accolades each season.

 

Over the past 20 years, Pavlik has gained considerable experience coaching at the international, national, collegiate and high school levels. He was a member of the AVCA Board of Directors as well as chairman of the AVCA All-America committee. Pavlik was also named EIVA Coach of the Year from 1995-97 and served as the Head of Delegation for the defending Olympic Champion USA men's volleyball team at the America's Cup in Brazil in September, 2008.

 

Some of Pavlik’s other coaching experiences include serving as an assistant coach at Derry High School in Derry, Pa., serving as head coach of a 17-and-under junior boy’s team in York, Pa., and also as an assistant coach for the women’s teams at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College. In addition, Pavlik has been a member of the staff of the World University Games on three occasions, and also coached the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the 1995 NORCECA competition in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Reservations for the dinner are required by July 6. Cost for the event is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting the Greater Hazleton Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund at Penn State Hazleton.

 

For more information, contact Theresa Brennan at tmb@brennanlegal.com or 570-455-7700.

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