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Sullivan Coaches USA Select National Team at 2008 Holiday Training Camp

Charlie Sullivan Springfield, Mass. - January 12, 2009 - Springfield College head men's volleyball coach Charlie Sullivan continued his work at the national level as he worked the 2008 Holiday Training Camp held in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.

Sullivan was picked to work by Ron Larsen, an assistant coach on the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal US Men's Volleyball team.

From December 26-31, Sullivan worked with the USA Select National Team, his second such stint at the training camp as he directed the 2007 Select National Team for the same six-day training camp last year.

"It is always an honor to represent USA Volleyball," said Sullivan. "This training allowed our Select National Team members to prepare for our upcoming summer schedule in Fort Lauderdale"

In part with USA Volleyball High Performance Program, in the youngest age group (USA Select), athletes selected to the National A1 Program will participate in a five to six day training camp with the other top athletes selected from tryouts. That group will then be broken into USA SELA1 teams that compete at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

Sullivan previously served as the head coach the 2008 USA Boys’ Select A1 Camp and Competition, which consisted of 40 athletes and eight coaches for a ten-day span in Tucson, Arizona last July.

In his tenth season as head coach, Sullivan recently led the Pride to its fifth national championship, and the fourth with him as head coach, by winning the 2008 Molten Invitational Championship tournament on April 12, 2008. The Pride beat Vassar College in three games in the finals, after downing Juniata College in four in the semifinals. The Pride were ranked first in the final 2008 CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division III Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll, and were ranked in the top five all season. Under Sullivan's direction, Springfield became just the sixth team to be ranked in the top spot of the first poll of the season, and go on to win the Molten Championship. Sullivan is now 139-112 in his 10 seasons at Springfield.

Sullivan has also spent time as an assistant with the United States National Team. In November, he traveled to Japan for the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Sullivan previously worked in the same capacity for the 2006 World Championships, which were also held in Japan. He also helped the U.S. record a third-place finish in the 2007 World League tournament, their best finish since 1992, when they also finished third.

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