Dearing will be presented the award on October 18th at this year’s Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. The award is presented to individuals in recognition of a single significant record or the accomplishment of single or multiple achievements in the sport of volleyball.
The Mintonette Medallion of Merit recalls the original name that volleyball’s inventor and Springfield College alum, William G. Morgan, assigned to the sport when he invented it in 1895.
For the past 30 years, Dearing has worked in a multitude of capacities to help grow the sport of volleyball. Not only did he win over 1,000 matches during his career on the sidelines at both Springfield College and Roger Williams, but also he has been instrumental in the continued evolution of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Serving as a member of its board of directors and now a currently honorary board member, Dearing helped increase international representation among inductees.
For 20-plus years, Dearing’s involvement with USA Volleyball and the Coaching Accreditation Program cadre has allowed him to be a clinician throughout the country while also working on initiatives to move coaching education forward.
He has authored of a pair of books entitled Volleyball Fundamentals and The Untold Story of William G. Morgan, Inventor of Volleyball, and in 2006 was recognized with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Trailblazer Award for his role in establishing the Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship.
“As with any coach who has been at Springfield College, I always felt it was important to become a leader professionally in our sport,” said Dearing. “Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on this award, I think it will be a really special time for my family, who have been so supportive of me through this journey.”