VIENNA, W.Va. – One word keeps coming up when people talk about Ohio Valley University’s head volleyball coach, Paul Jacoby – enthusiasm.
That enthusiasm was one of the main reasons why Jacoby was chosen to receive OVU’s first Spirit of Excellence Award at the annual President’s Club dinner and ceremony on Oct. 5 at the Alumni Gymnasium on campus.
“The Spirit of Excellence Award was conceived as a way to honor a faculty or staff member at OVU who has gone above the call of duty,” OVU President Dr. Harold Shank said. “Paul not only provides excellence in coaching, but he also provides many services to the athletics department. He works tirelessly and enthusiastically in all he does.”
Some of Jacoby’s extra services include cleaning the Snyder Activity Center before games, mowing the lawns on the south campus, removing tree stumps, and making sure the appearance of the campus and athletic venues are kept clean and attractive for visitors.
Jacoby has been coaching for 30 years and has spent the last 14 at OVU. Many of his players have received honors. Prior to its merger with OVU, Jacoby coached at Northeastern Christian Junior College (NCJC), where one of his teams played in the national championship event. His former players remember him well.
“When I think of Coach Jacoby, the first thing that comes to mind is his enthusiasm – enthusiasm for life, enthusiasm for God, for family, and of course, enthusiasm for volleyball,” said Kerrie Forsythe Clark, a former NCJC player. Executive Vice-President Jeff Dimick presented Jacoby with the award on Saturday.
“It is an honor to present Paul with this award. He is a great example of the excellence the administration would like to see on OVU’s campus,” said Dimick.
Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a residential faith-based Tier I institution with four colleges offering 35 undergraduate degrees and a master of education degree to students from 28 states and 14 nations. To learn more about the university, visit www.ovu.edu.