"Ever since I began coaching at Lincoln College," Tippett says, "male
students on campus who played in high school or who just like the
game have asked me about having a team."
Now, beginning in the
spring of 2015, they will get that chance to play.
Klemm says about the new program: "We are very excited to offer
more opportunities for our students. We feel Mark will do an
excellent job recruiting student-athletes, as he does with his
women's team. We're very excited."
According to Tippett, the schedule will consist mainly of junior
varsity and varsity teams from four-year colleges and universities,
as well as entering open club events at area universities. The only
other Illinois two-year school that currently offers men's
volleyball is the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Four NCAA
Division II programs and four NAIA programs in Illinois also offer
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While Tippett continues building his roster most of his efforts
will be focused in the Chicago and St. Louis Metro-East areas.
According to the IHSA website, 192 high school programs
offered boys volleyball in 2012-13. The number has steadily
increased from just 73 teams when the IHSA began recognizing
boys volleyball in 1992.
Lincoln College currently offers 18 men's and women's varsity
sports and competes at the NJCAA Division II level. The college is a
member of the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
[Text from file received from Jeff Nelson,
Lincoln College sports information director]