2013 Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award Winner
Biography (Current at time of award):
Joel Dearing is regarded nationally as one of the sport’s best coaches and he has the resume to prove it.
Dearing spent 22 seasons as the head women's volleyball coach and associate professor of physical education at Springfield College. During his tenure at Springfield College, Dearing’s record sits at 595-196, a winning percentage of .752, and he ranks in the top-10 in Division III history with a 728-310 (.701) overall mark in 30 seasons as a women’s volleyball coach.
Championships and post-season competition are hallmarks of the Dearing era. In his final year at the helm of the Pride, Dearing earned NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors and eventually led Springfield to the NCAA Regional Championship match before his squad ended the season with a 31-5 record.
Under Dearing’s reign, Springfield College had 19-straight seasons with at least 20 wins and never finished a season with a losing record. In four of his last 10 seasons, his teams have captured at least 30 wins.
In the spring of 2006, USA Volleyball, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and Molten USA recognized Dearing with the Trailblazer Award for his role in establishing the Molten Division III Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship in 1997.
Prior to joining the Springfield College staff, Dearing served as the director of athletics at Roger Williams University (R.I.), where he started both the women's and men's volleyball programs. While there, Dearing compiled an overall record of 174-136. His women's teams posted a 133-114 mark in eight years, while the men's squads had a three-year record of 41-22.
A USAV Level III accredited coach and member of the USA Volleyball cadre, Dearing has conducted clinics throughout the United States, in Aruba, Argentina, Bermuda, China and Ireland.
He is also the author of a pair of books entitled Volleyball Fundamentals and The Untold Story of William G. Morgan, Inventor of Volleyball.
Dearing served as a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Induction Selection Committee Chair for a number of years.