June 20, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan assistant volleyball coach Erin Virtue has been chosen as an associate head coach for USA Volleyball Girls' Select A1 teams in the upcoming USA High Performance Championships, to be held July 18-28 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Select teams will train for five days in Fort Lauderdale before splitting into five teams of 11 for the USA High Performance Championships. The teams are selected based on athlete performance during training. Virtue is on the staff with Denver's Tom Hogan (head coach), Cal State Fullerton's Mike Gee, California's Ben Bodipo-Memba, UCF's Nicki Holmes and Ted Wade of USA Volleyball High Performance (assistant coaches). There will be other assistant coaches added before the event.
The High Performance Championships will consist of teams from Chile, Brazil, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as other teams from the U.S. Many of the athletes that play on the Select teams will move on to the U.S. Youth National Team in future years.
Virtue is no stranger to USA Volleyball. She participated with the USA National A2 program in 2004, was a coach at the USA A2 camp in 2006 and served as an assistant coach for the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor National Girls' Select A1 program. Virtue also trained with the national team for a year (2005-06) before joining the collegiate coaching ranks.
Virtue is a three-time recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) "30 Under 30" award. She will be entering her third season in Ann Arbor after helping the Wolverines to a national semifinal berth in 2011.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423