Under current plans, a training camp will be held around July 30-Aug. 14 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., during which the staff will select the 12 players for the 2010 U.S. Men's Junior National Team.
The U.S. Men's Junior National Team will compete at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship on Aug. 14-22 in Quebec, Canada. The top two teams at NORCECA will qualify for the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at a date and site to be determined.
John Hawks (Huntington Beach, Calif.), an assistant coach with the Long Beach State men's volleyball team, will serve as the U.S. Men's Junior National Team head coach. He will be assisted by Brad Keller, an assistant with USC's men's team, and Colin McMillan, an assistant coach with Penn State's men's team.
"I like this group of guys. I think they are super athletic," Hawks said. "I'm also really excited to work with this coaching staff."
Eleven players on the training team have played on U.S. Boys' Youth National Team. Most recently, setter Micah Christenson (Honolulu, Hawaii) competed for the 2010 Boys' Youth National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Championship on April 6-11 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Christenson also played on the 2009 Boys' Youth Team that finished 10th at the FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship in Italy. At that tournament, he became the youngest starting setter to ever compete for the United States on a national team.
Dylan Davis (Corona Del Mar, Calif.), Evan Mottram (Leona Valley, Calif.), Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.), Taylor Sander (Norco, Calif.) and Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif.) all played with the Boys' Youth National Team in 2008 and 2009. The 2008 Boys' Youth National Team won the NORCECA Boys' Youth Championship in Miami.
Tanner Clayton (San Diego, Calif.), Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii), Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) and Joshua Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii) all played with the 2009 Boys' Youth National Team. Scott Kevorken (Westlake Village, Calif.) was a member of the 2008 Boys' Youth National Team.
Other players selected to the training team are Taylor Averill (San Jose, Calif.), Brian Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.), Michael McMahon (Coto de Caza, Calif.), Eric Mochalski (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Robart Page (Rochester, N.Y.), Daniel Stork (Topanga, Calif.) and Shane Welch (Coral Springs, Fla.).
"We were looking for a combination of volleyball IQ, explosiveness, great arms and an ability to play a couple different positions," Hawks said. "We didn't necessarily want to select a team full of all-stars; rather, we wanted a group of guys who will gel quickly and who also have the ability to play the game at the highest level while withstanding the demands of a short training block."
Four of the players graduated in 2009 and are currently with college teams: Davis and Mottram with UC Santa Barbara; Kevorken with UC Irvine and Torres with Pepperdine. The rest will graduate this year or in 2011.
About the Coaching Staff:
John Hawks: Hawks is in his second season at Long Beach State, where he is responsible for recruiting and block/defense. Hawks spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at USC as the top assistant coach after coaching four years at UC Irvine (2003-06).
Hawks has coached with both long-time LBSU head coach Alan Knipe, who is on sabbatical coaching the United States Men's Volleyball Team, and 49er interim head coach Andy Read while with the various USA National program the last three years.
Last summer, Hawks served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's National Team for the 2009 World League where the U.S. men finished in sixth place in Belgrade, Serbia. In June 2008, Hawks assisted Knipe with the U.S. Men's National A2 Team at the Pan American Cup in Winnipeg, Canada, where the Americans won gold and qualified for the America's Cup.
He was also an assistant to Read and the U.S. Boy's Youth National Team that went undefeated at the NORCECA Youth Continental Championship en route to the gold medal and qualification into the 2009 FIVB World Championship.
Hawks also served as the head coach at the 2006 USA Volleyball Boys' Select A2 Training Camp, and was an assistant coach for the 2006 Men's Junior A2 Team, 2007 Junior National team and the 2007 World University Games team.
Brad Keller: Keller is in his fourth season as an assistant with the USC men's squad after joining the program in the summer of 2006. He was named the offensive coordinator in 2009.
Keller came to USC after serving as the owner, director and coach of the successful Bay To Bay boys' volleyball club in Northern California for the previous five seasons (2000-06). His club won a pair of bronze medals at the Junior Olympics and produced eight Division I players.
In the summer of 2006, Keller served as an assistant coach with the USA Volleyball Men's Junior National Team. He then was an assistant with the 2008 USA Volleyball Boys Select A1 Team and head coach of the Boys Select A2 team.
Colin McMillan: McMillan is in his second season at Penn State and is involved in all aspects of the program, including opponent video breakdown, training the middle hitters and blocking defense.
McMillan, a former standout at Ohio State from 1997-2000, has trained within the USA Volleyball pipeline and competed internationally for various clubs around the world. A 6-foot-11 middle hitter, McMillan was a member of the 2001 U.S. team that captured the gold medal at the World University Games in Beijing, China, and also was a member of the U.S. World League team in 2001.
A graduate assistant coach for Ohio State during the 2003 season, McMillan has also served as a club coach for several programs, most recently coaching the Excel Volleyball Club 18 boys program in Glenview, Ill.
2010 USA Men's Junior National Training Team
Name (Position; Height; Hometown; Club or College; Home Region)
Taylor Averill (OH/Opp; 6-6; San Jose, Calif.; Bay to Bay VBC; Northern California)
Micah Christenson (S; 6-5; Honolulu, Hawaii; Outrigger Canoe Club; Aloha)
Dylan Davis (MB; 6-9; Corona del Mar, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara; Southern California)
Tanner Clayton (MB; 6-8; San Diego, Calif.; Epic VC; Southern California)
Brian Cook (OH; 6-5; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Bay to Bay VBC; Northern California)
Taylor Crabb (OH; 6-0; Honolulu, Hawaii; Outrigger Canoe Club; Aloha)
Jeremy Dejno (OH; 6-4; New Berlin, Wis.; West Alis Lightning VBC; Badger)
Parker Kalmbach (OH/Opp; 6-4; Coto de Caza, Calif.; Balboa Bay VB Club; Southern California)
Scott Kevorken (MB; 6-9; Westlake Village, Calif.; UC Irvine; Southern California)
Michael McMahon (L; 5-9; Coto de Caza, Calif.; Balboa Bay VBC; Southern California)
Eric Mochalski (MB/Opp, 6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif., SCVC; Southern California)
Evan Mottram (L; 6-2; Leona Valley, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara; Southern California)
Connor Olbright (S; 6-3; Orange, Calif.; Balboa Bay VBC; Southern California)
Robart Page (OH; 7-0; Rochester, N.Y.; Pace Bootlegger VBC; Western Empire)
Taylor Sander (OH; 6-5; Norco, Calif.; Orange Coast VC; Southern California)
Daniel Stork (S; 6-3; Topanga, Calif.; Santa Monica Beach Club; Southern California)
Joshua Taylor (Opp/OH; 6-7; Honolulu, Hawaii; Ku'ikahi VC; Aloha)
Maurice Torres (Opp/OH, 6-7; Riverside, Calif.; OC Riptides; Southern California)
Shane Welch (MB; 6-9; Coral Springs, Fla.; Florida Sons VBC; Florida)
Head Coach- John Hawks -- Long Beach State University
Asst Coach- Brad Keller -- University of Southern California
Asst Coach- Colin McMillan -- Penn State University