Jim Saari "College Recruiter Extraordinaire"

Jim Saari, our highly experienced and effective college recruiting coordinator, has had a life long passion for athletics. In high school he was a place kicker for the varsity football team and a point guard on the basketball team. But that wasn't enough for Jim. He played juniors tennis during the summer and qualified for the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Tournament held at Coral Gables, Florida as a 14 year old.

While at Ohio State University he played four years of varsity tennis while pursuing and earning bachelor degrees in both History and Journalism. After graduation, Jim went to Europe and played professional tennis achieving a world ranking of 239 as a clay court specialist. With his contract fulfilled he returned to OSU to work on a Masters Degree in Sports Administration, which became a major turning point in his life.

As a Grad Assistant Jim became involved with the OSU volleyball program. He learned the game by shagging and hitting balls at players under the tutelage of Woman's Assistant Coach Shelton Collier. Coach Collier went on to be the Head Coach at Pitt and Georgia Tech and is currently at Wingate University, a DII power house. The following year Jim Stone (currently the USA Volleyball Youth National Team Head Coach) took over the woman's program and kept Jim on the staff as a Volunteer Assistant. In 1981 Jim Smoot, Head Coach of the men's team, hired Jim as an Assistant Coach, where he helped the team reach the NCAA Final Four in '82 and '83. Jim was mentored by some of the best!

After his time at OSU Jim coached at the University of Utah, Western Wyoming College, the University of Nevada and finally at the University of South Florida, helping South Florida win 5 consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championships from '86-'91. He was the recruiting coordinator and head of player development for all of those programs.

In 2006 Jim was on his way to a Head Coaching job in California when he made a stop in Carson City to visit his parents who had retired there. While visiting he got the word that the coaching position was no longer available due to budget concerns. Coincidently, Jim was in contact with Steve George, who preceded him at USF, and lived in Carson City. Steve was refereeing high school matches and the Club Director at SSVC. After 22 years of coaching at the DI College level Jim decided it was time to be with his family and accepted Steve's offer to coach and be the recruiting coordinator for the club.

During his time as the SSVC Recruiting Coordinator Jim has helped over 125 players earn over 6 million dollars in athletic, academic and need based scholarships, while fulfilling their dream of playing college volleyball.

Jim is holding summer office hours at our Reno Facility (4675 Aircenter Circle , 89502) on Tuesday's from 4:15 till 6:30. If you have any questions regarding recruiting or want an appointment text Jim at 775-250-1755 or via email at [email protected]

Silver State announces Summer Schedule

This summer will be full of opportunities for players to refine their game and improve their skills.

The SSVC Skills Series is a group of ten clinics that are designed to help players improve their game physically as well as mentally with sessions that varie from Serve and Serve/Receive to Footwork and Bio mechanics. The clinics will be split by age, high school and middle school and the cost is $140 for ten sessions or $20 Drop In.

Elite Training Series

This clinic series is restricted to Varsity and Top tier level players. This clinic will give players an opportunity to participate in training that closely resembles a college structure.

Ladies College Open Play is a new option that will include both a skills session as well as two hours of open play. This is designed for players heading to college, Players in college, or those that have finished and want to maintain their skills at a high level. Also it is an opportunity for players with similar goals and experiences to get together and play some high level volleyball.

SSVC Academy
The Academy is for boys and girls ages 8 -14 and focuses on skill development in an environment with a low player to coach ratio.
Triples Camp
Setter + two friends.
Call 775 883-3500 for times and pricing
2019 College commitments announced

Four players from the class of 2019 have committed to play volleyball in college next season.

Katie Schloss (Left/Galena) played five seasons for SSVC and will travel across the country to play at Adelphi University in NY. Adelphi is one of the top programs in the East Region and Katie will be the second SSVC player to attend Adelphi University. Katie was part of the 2017 16’s team that qualified foe Junior Nationals.

Brianda Diaz (Libero/Dayton) will play at Highland Community College in Kansas. The Scotties finished 31-3 last season. Brianda has been with the program since 2012 and is the 9th member of the Diaper Dandy Club (players that started at age 12 and played through 18 with SSVC). Brianda was part of the 2017 16’s team that qualified for Junior Nationals.

Azzurae Moliga (Left / Reed HS) will play at College of San Mateo in California. Azzurae has played four seasons at Silver State at Libero, DS, and occasionlly an outside hitter. She is known for her love of the game and has worked extremely hard to be able to pursue her desire to play college volleyball.

Layne Hembree (Right/South Tahoe) will play at San Diego Mesa which is perennially one of the top programs in California Junior College Volleyball. Layne played two seasons at SSVC as both a middle and right side player. She worked extremely hard to translate her basketball skills to volleyball and that hard work paid was rewarded.

Chelsea Nevin (Outside/Virginia City) will play at Feather River In Susanville, California. Chelsea has been part of Silver State Volleyball since she was 12 and is the 10th member of the Diaper Dandy Club. Chelsea led her high school program to consecutive appearances in the Nevada State tournament including a runner up in 2018.

Marlies Wendler (Libero / Douglas HS) will play at DII Wheeler Jesuit University in West Virginia. Marlies has been part of SSVC since she was ten years old and becomes the twelfth member of the Diaper Dandy Club. Marlies has played Libero and Defensive Specialist throughout her career and participated in the 2017 Junior Nationals. Marlies played her High School volleyball at Douglas High School.

Congratulations to all the players!