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Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy launches

Program also features club teams

Sanford Pentagon Logo(Sioux Falls, SD) – Volleyball is the latest sport Sanford has added to its list of training programs for regional athletes. Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy will include a comprehensive skill-development program and club-team component.

Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, which will begin workouts in early May, has tapped Mark McCloskey, a club volleyball veteran who also spent time as a college assistant coach, to lead the program.

Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy is open for girls from kindergarten to 12th grade. It focuses on individualized skill development through small-group or one-on-one training with qualified instructors.

The volleyball program will also feature age-specific club teams for girls ages 10 to 18 years old. Those teams will participate in tournaments sanctioned by USA Volleyball (USAV), the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA).

The eventual home of Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy is the Pentagon by Sanford Health. The facility, scheduled to open this fall, can accommodate up to 11 regulation volleyball courts. In the interim, the program will train athletes at Linwood Wesleyan Church.Mark McCloskey

“Providing student-athletes with the opportunity to play with and against the best talent in the region with qualified instructors is key to developing well-rounded athletes,” said McCloskey. “With the means to mentor players at a spectacular facility and a marketplace asking for high-level training opportunities, we feel Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy is set up for success.”

Most recently the executive director of the Thoroughbred Elite Volleyball Alliance in Lexington, KY, McCloskey has nearly 20 years of experience at the collegiate and junior volleyball levels. He made assistant coaching stops at the University of South Carolina, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming. McCloskey served as the head coach of various club programs throughout South Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and Kentucky. He was also senior director of recruitment and events for the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association from 2003 to 2008.

Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy will host an open house and open gym on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Linwood Wesleyan Church at 1101 E. 58th St. in Sioux Falls.

For more information on Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, e-mail, call 605-312-7907 or visit

Tim Gerszewski
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