When people see the collegiate name Penn State, we initially think of Joe Paterno and the great Nittany Lion’s football program. However, Penn State also has a great men’s volleyball program.
The Penn State men’s volleyball program has won two national volleyball championships. This collegiate program has twenty-five post season appearances. Penn State is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Eleven other colleges participate in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
The first Penn State Men’s Volleyball head coach was Tom Tait. Tait held the head coach position at Penn State thirteen seasons. His coaching career with Penn State started in 1976. During his thirteen seasons with the Nittany Lions, Penn State won six conference titles and played in one title game. The first national championship game for the Penn State men’s volleyball team was in 1982.
In 1995, Mark Pavlik became the Penn State Head volleyball coach. Mark Pavlik was on the 1982 Penn State team that faced UCLA in the National title game. Mark Pavlik is currently the Penn State head coach. The 2010 season marked his fourteenth season as a Nittany Lion coach. Under Pavlik, Penn State has one national championship title. Penn State won the men’s volleyball national championship in 2008 with Pavlik as head coach. The Nittany Lions also played in title games under pavlik in 1995, 2006 and 2010.
In men’s college volleyball, Division I, II and III teams play for one national title. In women’s college volleyball, there are three separate titles. Volleyball is an exciting team sport dominated by women. Men’s volleyball is a neat non contact sport that is a team centered sport. Men’s Volleyball is a nice change of pace in the large sports world.