KENOSHA, Wis. (MCVL.org) - Ahead of the 2016-17 men's volleyball season, the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League is under new leadership, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Chuck Yrigoyen, a 34-year veteran to collegiate athletics, has been named the next commissioner of the MCVL, replacing Chris Martin who served as the league's first commissioner since 2014. Yrigoyen brings with him a diverse background in athletics that began at the Ivy League in 1983. For nine years, Yrigoyen served as an assistant director for public information, a new role at the Ivy League, where he oversaw the expansion of the office's public information function. While there, Yrigoyen developed the League's first website and directly had a hand in the technical and logistical arrangements for football and basketball telecasts. In 1998, he was promoted to associate director and in 2000, relinquished his public information duties and took primary responsibility for the League's nine championship events, oversight of officiating in 10 sports, contest scheduling coordination, competition issues and television logistics.
After 19 years at the Ivy League, Yrigoyen transitioned to the midwest after being hired as the Iowa Conference Commissioner. The Reading, Pa. native is the chief operating officer of the conference and works directly with the presidents, faculty representatives and directors of athletics to administer the affairs of the conference. Beginning in 2015, Yrigoyen guided the Iowa Conference through the addition of Nebraska Wesleyan to the conference, which became official in 2016.
In addition to his work with the Iowa Conference, Yrigoyen currently serves as the Vice President of the Division III Commissioners Association and will become the next president in January 2017. He also serves on the NCAA Convention Planning Subcommittee.
Joining Yrigoyen as a part of the administration is Jim Naprstek, the current Director of Athletic Communications at Loras College. Since 2014, Naprstek has directly overseen Loras' 23 intercollegiate athletic programs and played a direct role in the launching of men's volleyball, which began competition in January 2015. In the summer of 2016, Naprstek was named the Grant Burger AVCA Award Winner for the Sports Information category as a result of his work for both the men's and women's volleyball programs at Loras.
Prior to his time at Loras, Naprstek was a graduate assistant at Marian University and student assistant at Loras while completing his undergraduate work. His background also includes two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. In Naprstek's first season with the Fighting Saints, Dubuque captured the Clark Cup and was the home to the USHL Rookie of the Year, Johnny Gaudreau.
Naprstek brings with him a strong background in graphic design and brand management, which was instituted upon being hired at Loras. Since 2014, the Loras Athletic Communications Office has undergone an overhaul of its media presence, elevating its day-to-day coverage of all athletic programs. As a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Naprstek currently serves on the New Media Committee, which is charged with the education and assistance of sports information members from across the country in current and upcoming media trends and strategies, as it relates to the athletic realm.
The MCVL begins its third year of existence in 2017 and its first as a full-fledged conference, which includes 14 members. For the first time in league history, the MCVL Tournament Champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championships.