The year after the Olympics is always a bit of a let down. After such a huge build up to such an incredible event, what could really compare? Well, we do have a few things to look forward to this year and as usual we can expect a lot of changes.
New FIVB President Ary Graša will begin to make his mark on international volleyball. We'll just have to wait and see what he has in store for us this quad. World League and Grand Prix will be the highlights of the year, with World League adding teams and taking on a new format this year. International teams will also be taking part in qualifiers for next year's World Championship competition.
We will watch as Karch Kiraly takes over for Hugh McCutcheon as the USA women's head coach. With last year's men's coach Alan Knipe back at Long Beach State we'll find out who the new men's coach will be. We'll also see which of the players sticks around, who retires and get a feel for what 2016 might hold in store for American indoor teams.
Beach volleyball should continue to be fascinating in 2013. As the season approaches we'll keep an eye on all the new partnerships and the changing of the guard for Americans and Brazilians alike. On the domestic front, we'll see how new AVP owner Donald Sun moves forward and we'll check in with NVL to see what Albert Hannemann has in store.
The second season of women's collegiate sand volleyball gets underway this spring and some new schools will be joining in this season. It should be a larger and hopefully more competitive field as that sport continues to grow and hopefully head toward an official NCAA championship in the next few years.
We'll end this year with NCAA indoor women's volleyball, but we'll start things off as we always do with indoor men. This season is shaping up to be a good one, with strong teams all over the map. So there is certainly much to look forward to in this post-Olympic year. Check back for the latest in our sport's developments.