Wilbur Peck, who had a long and distinguished career in physical education at the YMCA, was honored at this event and is holding a trophy inscribed with his name. Doug Beal, the first U.S.A. National Coach to lead his team to the Olympic Gold, was honored ten years before. Joel Dearing spent many years on the organization’s board of directors. Dearing earned his BA in physical education from Springfield College in 1979. After studying physical education at Springfield College, he earned his master’s degree in physical education from Bridgewater State College. Dearing then worked as the director of athletics at Roger Williams University, where he started the volleyball program. Springfield College then hired Dearing as an associate professor of physical education and women’s volleyball coach. Regarded nationally as one of the sport’s best coaches, he ranks in the top ten in Division III history with a 697-305 (.695) overall mark during twenty-nine seasons. Dearing has conducted volleyball clinics in Aruba, Argentina, Bermuda, China, and Ireland. During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dearing served as the Springfield College Distinguished Professor of Humanics. In 2006, USA Volleyball, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and Molten USA recognized Dearing with the Trailblazer Award for his role in establishing the Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship.
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