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Illinois College Adds Men’s Volleyball As It’s 24th Varsity Sport In Jacksonville

In Jacksonville, Illinois earlier today, the Illinois College Office of Intercollegiate Athletics proudly announced the addition of its 24th varsity sport.

Men’s Volleyball will become IC’s 21st NCAA Division III offering. The team will debut during the 2020-21 academic year.

A new head coaching search will begin immediately.

Boys’ volleyball at the high school level continues to grow nationally and Jacksonville is uniquely positioned between two major recruiting areas for the

sport in Chicago and St. Louis. The State of Illinois had 229 high school programs competing for a state title in 2019 and 43 programs in Missouri were

competing at this level. The NCAA added a Division III men’s volleyball championship in 2012.

There are just over 100 programs nationally competing in the sport at the Division III level.

The sport is experiencing tremendous growth.

Regional colleges such as Augustana College, Carthage College and North Central College have had programs for a few years and more institutions are adding the

sport. North Park University competed in its first season in 2019 and Millikin University is adding men’s volleyball beginning in 2020.

The men’s volleyball season begins in January and concludes with the NCAA Tournament in April.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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