June 3, 2010
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By Sarah Tarasewicz
PHOENIX, Ariz. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF volleyball volunteer assistant coach Tyler Adams helped the USA A2 Blue National Team capture the gold medal Tuesday afternoon at the USA Volleyball Open National Championship in Phoenix, Ariz. Adams, who has been with the UCF volleyball program for the past two seasons, served as the technical assistant for the squad at the event.
"I had a great experience working with a lot of truly gifted student-athletes," Adams said. "All of the players had great personalities and made the time a lot of fun. The coaches for not only the Blue team, but the Red team as well, were great and were very helpful."
The USA A2 Blue National Team is made up of the top collegiate women's volleyball players in the country with at least one year of remaining eligibility. Members of the team were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Michigan head coach Mark Rosen served as the head coach of the team, while Jill Kramer was appointed the assistant coach.
The squad went 6-1 during the four-day tournament and swept all three matches of the playoff round to take home the Gold. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Blue team placed three players on the all-tournament team, including Juliann Faucette who garnered the event's Most Valuable Player honor.
The USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline A2 Teams have been competing in the Open Division since 2003. Its only other championships in the event were in 2004 and 2008. The USA A2 Program is the only team with more than one Women's Open Division title in the last eight years.
Adams was highly recommended for the position with the A2 National Team by UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais, who contacted Director of National Team Programs, Tom Pingel who oversees the staffing for USA Volleyball.
"Todd had given my information to Tom Pingel and one day Tom gave me a call and asked if I would be interested in the position," Adams said. "He told me that it would be six days of training and four days of competition and wanted to know if I was willing to do it. I let him know that I would absolutely want to be part of USA Volleyball."
His experience with the A2 National Team will only help Adams in the pursuit of his dream to eventually become a head volleyball coach at the collegiate level.
"I am trying to put my name out there, build my resume and get as many of these wonderful experiences under my belt as I can, so I can get a job as an assistant coach and, hopefully, become a head coach in the future."
With the USA Volleyball Open Championship in the books, there is no slowing down for the Knights' volunteer assistant. Adams has plans to work volleyball camps and clinics at North Carolina for the remainder of June, before returning to UCF in July to help Dagenais and staff at the Central Florida Volleyball Summer Camps at the Venue at UCF. Adams will then travel to UNC again later in the summer for more camps and clinics.