January 14, 2020 – By NJP

New Jersey will now have three NCAA D1 men’s volleyball programs. FDU announced today that they will be adding Men’s Volleyball at their Metro campus bringing their total D1 athletic programs to twenty.

The team will join NJIT and Princeton as New Jersey based D1 schools with men’s volleyball. They will join St. Francis Brooklyn, St. Frances Pennsylvania, and Sacred Heart in the NEC and will most likely seek entry into the EIVA.

The school received a grant from the First Point Volleyball Foundation to enable the program. $200K is granted over 4 years to assist with with their programmatic needs.

A portrait of FDU President Christopher Capuano
FDU President Christopher Capuano

Unlike many schools that are eliminating programs due to the pandemic, FDU President Christopher Capuano pushed hard for the bold decision. “The pandemic has greatly impacted colleges and universities across the country over the last year, but we are continuing to move forward and respond to student needs with important new programs like this one”  said the the FDU President.

A search has begun for a new head coach. The program will have its first games in January 2022. Drew University also added a new men’s volleyball program at the D3 level. Men’s volleyball continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and more programs are likely to be added in the next five years despite current world conditions.

First Point Volleyball Foundation

The First Point Volleyball Foundation continues to do amazing work supporting the growth of the sport in the USA. Fore more info on First point, check out this link… http://firstpointvolleyball.com/

Info from the First Point website…

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