Connect with us

Volleyball

DONAN CRUZ TO HOLD VOLLEYBALL CAMP ON GUAM!

Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year coming home

By Patrick Lujan

It’s been 11 years, but Donan Cruz is coming home and he’ll be bringing back his volleyball knowledge to share with the island.

The reigning men’s volleyball National Coach of the Year and head coach of the Ball State Cardinals will be on Guam December 4-8 to hold a clinic for players and coaches.

“I’m super excited! I’ve been planning this with GSPN for a while and we’re finally going to make it happen.”

– National Coach of the Year Donan Cruz

Ball State head volleyball coach Donan Cruz answers questions in May when he led the Cardinals to the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship match. (photo courtesy of Ball State University)

Cruz, in his first year coaching Division I men’s volleyball, took the Cardinals to the NCAA championship game where they fell short to the University of Hawaii in five sets back in May.

Now he’ll be giving back to the island after reaching heights no other coach from Guam has ever done.

Since his last visit home in 2011, Coach Cruz went from being an assistant coach for the Grand View University women’s team in Iowa to being the first coach to build the men’s program for the Vikings. In just 10 years, he led the Vikings to two NAIA national championships while winning four NAIA Coach of the Year awards.

It was only natural for Division 1 to come calling.

Coaching Staff Coming Along

Cruz won’t be coming home alone. One of his top assistant coaches will be helping out run the clinics. Christian Rupert is a 6-foot-8 former middle blocker with the BYU Cougars (2016 & 17 NCAA championship game) who came on board Cruz’s coaching staff last year. He’ll be helping with the teaching curriculum. It’ll be Christian’s first time to Guam.

CLINIC BREAKDOWN

It will be an action-packed four days of sessions to reach as many angles of our volleyball community. All sessions will be held at the Tiyan High Gym. $50 per player and $75 per coach will be the clinic fees.

Sunday, Dec 4

6 – 8 am: Women’s National Team

8 – 10 am: Open Middle School 1

10 am – 12 pm: Open Middle School 2

12:30 am – 2:30 pm: Open Girls High School

3 – 5 pm: Open Boys High School

Monday, Dec 5

6 pm – 9 pm: Men’s National Team

Tuesday, Dec 6

5 pm – 7 pm: Invited Girls High School

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Invited Boys High School

Thursday, Dec 8

6 pm – 9 pm: All Coaches Clinic

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

March

April 2024

May
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for March

1st

Events for April

2nd

Events for April

3rd

Events for April

4th

Events for April

5th

Events for April

6th

7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Events for April

6th

No Events
Events for April

8th

Events for April

9th

Events for April

10th

Events for April

11th

Events for April

12th

Events for April

13th

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Events for April

14th

Events for April

15th

Events for April

16th

Events for April

17th

Events for April

18th

Events for April

19th

Events for April

20th

21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Events for April

20th

No Events
Events for April

22nd

Events for April

23rd

Events for April

24th

Events for April

25th

Events for April

26th

Events for April

27th

28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for April

27th

No Events
Events for April

29th

Events for April

30th

COMING SOON …

4th Quarter Sports

QUICK HITS

The PVA Fairies went unbeaten and took the U14 4×4 Beach Volleyball Tournament. The Fairies beat the SIFA Manta Rays 21-10 in the championship match.
L-R: Summer Pinaula, Alina Torres, Ava Quinata, Bella Pangelinan, Lexi Delfin
—————————————–
Mia-Lahnee & Rckaela Aquino qualify to represent Team Guam in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. This is Team Guam’s first siblings to qualify on merit and Rckaela’s second Olympic Games, according to the Guam National Olympic Committee.

More in Volleyball