Shane Spellman, MarketingMajor:
Years ago, Shane was playing in a men’s open indoor volleyball tournament and had been thinking about playing volleyball in college. His teammates knew Rivier men’s volleyball head coach Craig Kolek well, and suggested that Shane meet with him—so he connected with Coach Kolek, visited campus, and “was sold,” he says. One month later, he was enrolled as a student at Rivier.
As well as being a valuable member of the men’s volleyball team, Shane also served as vice president of Rivier’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as one of three managers for the women’s volleyball team. And, he excelled in the classroom as a marketing major.
Among many proud moments during his time at Rivier, which included helping lead the men’s volleyball program to its sixth straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship and a semi-finalist finish in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championships, Shane was selected to the USA Beach Volleyball National Training Team in summer 2013.
In addition to his love for Rivier volleyball and athletics, Shane believes he had a quality educational experience and can’t say enough good things about Rivier’s faculty. “Rivier has taught me many skills both inside and outside of the classroom that will prepare me for my future career,” he says. “I have been fortunate to be taught by professors with real-world experience, and they have done a great job of conveying that to students.”
“My ultimate goal is to coach volleyball at the collegiate level and turn a program into a powerhouse.” Shane plans to pursue a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration.