The nation’s oldest club volleyball program, headquartered in Yorktown, has changed ownership. Massachusetts-based youth sports club and event organizer 3STEP Sports has acquired Munciana Volleyball Club, although financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Munciana was founded in 1974 by Steve Shondell, former head coach of the Ball State University women’s volleyball team.
The club says its mission is to train players for their next level of competition. It also earned the nickname “coaching’s cradle” for producing 120 college volleyball coaches.
3STEP says the addition of Munciana is a fundamental part of their growing volleyball division.
“Volleyball is a huge growth area for us and Munciana has been synonymous with success for decades,” 3STEP Founder and CEO David Geaslen said in written remarks. “Munciana’s co-directors, Mike Lingenfelter and Wes Lyon, are the best in the industry for the training and development of young athletes, in all sports. We are more than happy to welcome them to the 3STEP family.
Munciana operates from a 42,000 square foot facility that also hosts up to 30 tournaments each year.
3STEP runs more than 1,800 club teams and 2,500 events across nine sports, according to its website. In addition to volleyball, other sports include baseball, basketball, wrestling, fast softball, field hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer.
“It’s so exciting to join 3STEP,” said Munciana co-director Mike Lingenfelter. “It gives us the power of scale and, more importantly, the strength of collaboration. Being part of the 3STEP family will bring huge benefits to our athletes and teams.
The deal for Munciana joins a host of other volleyball club acquisitions for 3STEP in the past two months alone, including programs in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee, as well as The Academy Volleyball Club in Indianapolis.