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Mapp Fills Volleyball Internship Sponsored by NCAA Division III

volleyball playersMaya Mapp experienced intercollegiate volleyball at the highest level when she played for The Ohio State University on a team that finished fifth in the nation her senior year.

Now completing a two year internship at Transylvania sponsored by NCAA Division III, she’s come to appreciate the competitiveness of volleyball at a non-scholarship school while gaining valuable experience as a coach and administrator.

“The Division III players don’t have all the physical attributes of Division I players, but they definitely have the same intensity, the drive, the passion, and for the most part the skills that Division I players show,” Mapp says. “I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to see both levels of play.”

Maya MappMapp is the first of what the Transylvania athletics department hopes will be a series of interns over the coming years, all made possible by Transy’s membership in NCAA Division III. In a classic win-win situation, Transylvania gets the full-time services of a former student-athlete and recent college graduate, while Mapp benefits from real world coaching and administrative experience that will help her choose a career path.

Mapp serves as assistant volleyball coach under head coach and associate athletics director Cindy Jacobelli, and is also an administrative specialist both for Jacobelli and athletics director Jack Ebel. Jacobelli has given her lots of responsibility for coaching Transy players in the specific skills of volleyball, in which Mapp excels.

“There are so many times in practice when I need someone to show an example of what a certain skill should look like,” Jacobelli says. “Having that extra person on the other side of the court who can be pretty much anything I need her to be as a practice player is so valuable.”

In addition to administrative duties such as supervising work-study students and managing concessions and merchandise sales, Mapp analyzes future opponents and hits the recruiting trail, primarily in Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati. “I love recruiting— it’s my favorite part,” she says.

Mapp has used a $3,000 professional development fund, provided by the NCAA along with her salary, to attend conferences in Denver, Colorado Springs, Miami, and Indianapolis, where she’s taken part in sessions for women and African American coaches as well as volleyball coaching.

Another benefit to the NCAA internship program for Transylvania is that it takes the job search to a national level. “This would normally have been a very localized search for us to find an assistant volleyball coach,” Jacobelli says. “Without having that national search through the NCAA, we would never have found Maya. It’s an invaluable experience having her at Transy.”

As for Mapp, she feels her Transy experience has helped her prepare for the career decision she’ll have to make in June at the end of the internship.

“Cindy and Jack are the best supervisors I could ever ask for,” she says. “The good thing about my Transy internship is that I’m working in both coaching and administration. I know my career is going to be in athletics in some form, either on the court or behind the scenes.”

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