FIVB and NORCECA working closely with Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 1, 2012 – The FIVB and NORCECA
Confederation are joining efforts to support the development
plan of Jamaica Volleyball Association by providing an
international coach to work with the local association for a
period of one month.
Reed Sunahara, an experienced professional who earlier this year
guided USA Women’s National Team to the gold medal at the Pan
American Cup, will visit Jamaica from November 1-December 1.
The FIVB, under the leadership of Brazilian
is providing considerable assistance to NORCECA’s continental
development plan destined to help the progress of all its
National Federations category I and II.
Also, two coaches of Jamaica recently took part in a training
program at the Saquarema High Performance Center in Rio de
Janeiro sponsored by the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation also
presided by Dr
The Jamaica Volleyball Association has been making
pronouncements about transforming volleyball to being a major
sport discipline in Jamaica by year 2020 and
the visit to Brazil of the Jamaican coaches
is part of the development plan of the NORCECA Confederation.
After winning the presidential elections of FIVB last September
during the World Congress in Anaheim, Dr Ary
Graça said he is committed, with the support of the five
continental confederations, to make volleyball one of the
biggest in the world.
Sunahara’s initial focus will be on assessing the nature of the
local programs and available resources and then make
recommendations on the best way forward. He will also be
assisting JaVA with the implementation of some national-level
The impressive resume of Coach Sunahara includes being the
winningest coach in the history of the volleyball program of
University of Cincinnati with his teams compiling an overall
win-loss record of 289-109.
As a player, he had an outstanding college career helping UCLA
to three straight national championships, including two
undefeated seasons (1982 and 1984) and the two-time All-American
was considered the nation’s best outside hitter in 1984. During
his career Sunahara played with Olympians Karch Kiraly, Ricci
Luyties, Doug Partie and Dave Saunders and for 14 yerars, he has
held his own camp, The Reed Sunahara Volleyball Camp.
Major Warrenton Dixon, President of JaVA, expressed appreciation
to FIVB and NORCECA Confederation for the investment and noted
that the continental confederation has also provided four
scholarships for Jamaican coaches to attend technical seminars
in Saint Lucia and Antigua.
Dixon also stated that FIVB and
NORCECA are poised to provide even more developmental assistance
to Jamaica in the near future.
"With limited resources available locally, we depend heavily on
the support of FIVB and NORCECA to help us realize our goal,”
“We have quality players and we have committed coaches; what we
lack has been the investment to harness the true potential of
Jamaica in volleyball and beach volleyball. NORCECA has however
been providing us with some well needed assistance from its
allocation of FIVB Development Fund," Dixon said.
The Reed Sunhara File
UCLA (BA in Sociology, 1989)
UCLA (1987, 1989), men's graduate assistant coach: UCLA
(1990-93), men's assistant coach; Toledo (1993-94), women's
assistant coach; Toledo (1995-96), women's head coach (won 19,
lost 40); Cincinnati (1997-99), women's assistant coach;
Cincinnati (2000-present), women's head coach (won 262, lost
UCLA (1982-86), two-time All-American, three NCAA titles;
Nike/Molten at the USVBA National Championships (1987, 90);
Cisneros Isla Verde in the Canary Islands, Spain (1988).