June 3, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF volleyball assistant head coach Michelle Chatman and Team Florida Wave earned a silver medal at the 2013 USA Volleyball Premier Volleyball League Open Championships. The championship tournament took place at the Kentucky Expo Center over four days last week.
I was humbled and honored to serve as an assistant coach for Team Florida Wave, Chatman said. It has been a great step for me in my maturation as a coach. I am eager to share the nuances of the professional game with our current and future players here at UCF. The PVL is a great step for volleyball players across the country to not only go professional in life after college but to also have an opportunity to be a professional volleyball player right here in the US.
The USA PVL is a grass roots professional volleyball league that began in 2012. It is made up of teams from among of the forty (40) regional volleyball associations across the United States. The USA PVL is sanctioned by USA Volleyball and offers tournament play and a League Championship event each year. Team Florida Wave went 6-2 in tournament play and only lost a pair of matches to the eventual champion Iowa Ice.
The Florida Wave earned $6,500 for its second-place finish. First place received $10,000 while third place took home $3,500.
Chatman served as the acting head coach on the first day of competition as head coach Nick Cheronis was attending his son's high school graduation. When Cheronis returned, Chatman returned to the sidelines as an assistant and helped lead the Wave to the championship match.