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Dayton women’s volleyball program committed recruiting violations

Download the April 2021 University of Dayton Public Negotiated Resolution

The Dayton women’s volleyball program committed recruiting violations when the coaching staff contacted prospects too early and held impermissible tryouts, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The university and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that, during the 2018-19 academic year, the women’s volleyball coaching staff sent approximately 1,118 personalized emails to club coaches of at least 279 prospects before Sept. 1 of the prospects’ junior year. The emails violated NCAA recruiting contact rules because they included requests that club coaches forward information to those prospects before the time it was permissible to do so. The volleyball staff also sent questionnaires with impermissible recruiting information to 49 prospects before Sept. 1 of the prospects’ junior year.

The university and enforcement staff also agreed that the program held impermissible tryouts at five one-day camps between February and March of 2019. According to the agreement, registration for the camps was placed at the bottom of the biography page for the coaching staff on the camp website, making it difficult for interested prospects to locate and register. A total of 19 ninth and 10th grade prospects attended the five camps. All of those prospects received emails with links to register for the camps. Because the camps were not properly advertised and the involved prospects were not otherwise able to participate in unofficial visits, the participation of the 19 prospects in the camps became impermissible tryouts.

This case was processed through the new negotiated resolution process. The process was used instead of a formal hearing or summary disposition because the university and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set case precedent for other infractions cases.

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university. Those and other penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:

  • One year of probation.
  • A $5,000 fine.
  • A reduction of women’s volleyball official visits to no more than five during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A two-week ban on unofficial visits during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A ban on women’s volleyball recruiting communications for three total weeks, including two weeks during the 2020-21 academic year and one week during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A reduction of women’s volleyball evaluation days by 24 during the 2021-22 academic year, down from 80 evaluation days.
  • A reduction in the number of contacts and evaluations by one for all women’s volleyball prospects during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A ban on all volleyball camps from August 2019 through March 11, 2020 (self-imposed by the school).
  • A reduction in otherwise permissible electronic correspondence for the 49 prospects who received  impermissible questionnaires, including for 30 days for the class of 2021, 44 days for the class of 2022 and 30 days for the class of 2023.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from the NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Thomas Hill, senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State; Joel Maturi, chief hearing officer for the panel and former director of athletics at Minnesota; and Mary Schutten, executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan.