Purdue Northwest is launching a new men’s club volleyball program and the Pride have pegged one of their own to begin the process.

Current women’s volleyball assistant coach Cory Sackett was named the new club men’s volleyball coach earlier this week. The former Lewis University volleyball player has a lengthy coaching resume and a host of awards in his young, but impressive career.

“We are extremely excited to have Cory leading our newly formed club men’s volleyball program,” PNW director of athletics Rick Costello said in a statement. “He has done an amazing job as an assistant coach with our women’s volleyball team and I know he will bring that same level of passion into his new role building our club men’s volleyball program.”

Sackett was recently named a Thirty Under 30 award winner by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for being one of the 30 most up-and-coming collegiate volleyball coaches under the age of 30. Sackett was also named the 2017 Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach national award winner last season.

Sackett has coached club volleyball for the last 10 years for Club 1 Volleyball Club in Plainfield, Illinois, and in 2016 he guided the 17 Elite boys team to an AAU National Championship.

“I’d like to thank Rick Costello and Chancellor Keon for this opportunity,” Sackett said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the addition of the club men’s volleyball program to Purdue Northwest. There is a very high level of men’s competitive volleyball in the Midwest and I’m looking forward to recruiting these students to our University.”

The Pride are expected to start competing during the 2018-19 academic year. Sackett has already begun working on a schedule and filling out the roster for Purdue Northwest’s inaugural season.

IUN to host A.I.I. conference tourney: Indiana University Northwest will host the Association of Independent Institutions women’s basketball conference tournament next month.

The six-team tournament, which will be held Feb. 23 to 25 at the Savannah Center Gymnasium in Gary, will culminate with the championship game on Feb. 25 in which both teams will receive direct qualification to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship tournament held in Iowa from March 7 to 13.

The RedHawks last hosted the tournament in 2010 and 2011, capturing conference championships and NAIA tournament appearances in both seasons. IUN advanced to the conference title game last season and earned an automatic berth to the NAIA national tournament as well.

The RedHawks are 9-12 this season, but have a 2-0 record in the AII with their next game coming Saturday at home against Lincoln Christian.

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