Florida Region Volleyball Heads in A New Direction

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The Florida Region Board of Directors adds a new position and a familiar face to help grow the sport in Florida.

Today, the Florida Region of USA Volleyball announces the appointment of Steven W. Bishop (Steve) to the position of Executive Director. Steve Bishop is a long-time member of the Florida Region and has served in many capacities to promote volleyball throughout the state during the past 15 years.

The newly formed Executive Director position will oversee all day-to-day activities and events of the Florida Region and will serve as the official spokesperson on behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership at large. The primary goal of the Florida Region Board of Directors, for creating this position, was to establish a senior leadership role to help grow the Region and aggressively promote the sport throughout Florida. Dana Voight, Florida Region Commissioner commented, “We are more than pleased to have Steve come on board as the new Executive Director. He is highly respected in the volleyball community and will bring a wealth of business and volleyball experience to the members of our Region. With Steve’s strong leadership and tested experience we look forward to great things in the coming year!”

Steve Bishop has been involved in volleyball since 1986 when he started playing in the US Air Force during his term of enlistment. Steve participated on the Kirtland Air Force Base Flyers volleyball team and traveled throughout the western United States competing in club volleyball tournaments representing the US Air Force. After his return to Florida in 1991, Steve played on several club volleyball teams (both regionally and nationally) and won several Regional Championship titles along with an All-Tournament Team Award at the 1992 Atlantic Zonal Championships. In 1993 he attended an open tryout for the USA Men’s National Team in San Diego, CA and had the distinct pleasure of training for three days under former USA Men’s Coach Doug Beal. In 1999, Steve started the Lake County Juniors Volleyball Club with a focus to train and mentor young athletes throughout the county and in 2000 was awarded the Lake County Community Service Award in the Sports Division for his commitment to developing players physically, mentally, and emotionally. Between 2000 and 2003 Steve served as the Head Volleyball Coach for Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, FL and led his teams to a 67-35 overall record along with a NJCAA top twenty national ranking during two of his three years with the Lakers. During the past several years Steve has served as Treasurer, Assistant Commissioner, and the High Performance Program Director at various times for the Florida Region Board of Directors. He was instrumental in initiating the annual Florida Region Awards Banquet to recognize those who have made an impact on volleyball throughout the Florida Region and was also recognized for his service when he received the Florida Region Outstanding Service Award in 2003. Steve is a CAP certified coach and a regionally certified official and scorekeeper.

In addition to his volleyball experience, Steve has served in many capacities in the business sector as Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller, Internal Auditor, Controller, Treasurer, Vice-Chairman, and CFO of both public and private companies. He currently owns several companies in Lake County and enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years (Stephanie) and his 8 year old son (Cole). Steve and his family live in Eustis, FL.

When asked about his new role with the Florida Region, Steve Bishop commented, “I am very excited about my new assignment and even more excited about the future of volleyball in Florida. We have a lot of work to do and I look forward to making some great strides in 2006. I applaud the Board’s decision to take this leap of faith and I am humbled by their confidence in me to take the lead role in growing and improving our volleyball family. One of my initial tasks will be to help define and draft a mission statement, vision statement, slogan, organizational goals, and our core values amongst many other initiatives. Once we define these key cornerstones…the rest of the vision will be much easier to build in the coming year. I covet the support of our dedicated Club Directors as we work to improve our organization so that we can become a leader in all areas of the sport. I will commit to being available and accountable as we get started with rolling out a unique and challenging plan that will test our resolve at times, but I can assure both my supporters and my critics that we will be a much stronger Region by this time next year.”

About United States Volleyball Association, Florida Region, Inc:

The Florida Region of USA Volleyball was established in 1984 to promote the sport of volleyball and to create competitive playing opportunities for volleyball enthusiasts throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Region is a member of USA Volleyball and currently serves approximately 4,000 adult and junior members. Additional information on the Florida Region can be found at: http://www.usavFL.org.

About USA Volleyball:

The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Additional information on USA Volleyball can be found at: http://www.USAvolleyball.org.

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