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AVP SEARCHING FOR NEW DIRECTOR AFTER DANKWORTH'S DEPARTURE
Published April 6, 1995
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).