Simpson University Launches Men’s Volleyball Club

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University Athletic Department announces the creation of a men’s volleyball club. The 13-player team is being coached by head women’s volleyball coach Thomas Kirst and three members of Simpson women’s volleyball team.

“The addition of the men's club volleyball program marks an exciting time in the growth of Simpson University,” Kirst said. “I am looking forward to watching the progress from this team and hope to include this as an official collegiate sport in the future.”

Kirst also said he hopes the program will expand to include off-campus recruiting and athletic scholarships. He also hopes the team will be able to one day compete in the Northern California Collegiate Volleyball League at the Division II level.

The club was officially formed on Feb. 23, after it received approval from Simpson’s student body Senate.

Simpson is not alone in adding a men’s volleyball club team. Twenty-six colleges and universities nationwide offer men’s volleyball as an official sport, and eight schools offer it as a club.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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