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AVP SEARCHING FOR NEW DIRECTOR AFTER DANKWORTH'S DEPARTURE

     The Association of Volleyball Professionals Board of
Directors is still searching for a new Executive Director after
Jeffrey Dankworth's resignation to head a new software company in
Reno, NV.  AVP President Jon Stevenson has assumed the
responsibilities of Executive Director on an interim basis, while
the Board continues their search.  Under Dankworth and
Stevenson's reign, the AVP increased its prize money from $1.8M
to more than $4M and has signed major agreements with Miller
Brewing, Coca-Cola, and NBC Sports.  AVP also signed an agreement
with USA Volleyball, which will ensure accommodation of AVP
players in the selection process for athletes to represent the
U.S. in beach volleyball at the '96 Summer Games (AVP).
Stevenson told THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY yesterday that the Board
has taken "a very active, very responsible role" during the
transition period, and that the search for a new Executive
Director "coincides with a very critical time for" the sport.
Stevenson said that since the sport is growing so fast, the
league has to "keep growing" to avoid stagnation.  Stevenson
wasn't sure when the Board will make a decision on the position.
Stevenson: "The Board has taken swift action, but what decision
they make in the next 30, 60, or 90 days is unclear at this
time."  Stevenson said the search is an "exhaustive process" that
has required working with AVP's business partners, such as
Miller-Lite and NBC, to "come up with a composite" of the
candidate they are seeking (THE DAILY).
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