Wheeling, W.Va. - Gerry Durishan has been hired by the Mountain East Conference to serve as the MEC’s first Supervisor of Volleyball Officials. A resident of Irwin, Pa., Durishan will be responsible for the selection, evaluation and assignment of all women’s volleyball officials for every match hosted by an MEC member school. He will begin his duties immediately.
“Gerry’s years of experience in the sport as an official, coach and administrator will be invaluable assets to the MEC in our inaugural season and beyond,” Mountain East commissioner Reid Amos said. “He is fully committed to setting a high standard for\ MEC officiating and I look forward to working with him in achieving that goal.”
Durishan has been working as a women’s college volleyball official at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels for the past 25 years and also served 10 years as a National Referee with USA Volleyball. He currently is in charge of assigning officials for two collegiate conferences – the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West (PSAC–‐West) and the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC). He also assigns referees to several schools in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC).
Durishan has been very active with USA Volleyball’s Junior Olympic Volleyball Program. Since 2008 he has assigned matches for USA Volleyball’s Junior Olympics events in the Keystone Region (KRVA) and has handled similar duties in the Ohio Valley Region (OVR) from 1989 to 2008. He is a former member of the OVR Juniors Advisory Board. An active member of the KRVA rating team, Durishan has coached several USA Volleyball club teams and high school squads in the area.
A Western Pennsylvania native, Durishan is a 1986 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh holds master’s degrees from both Duquesne University and Seton Hill University. He is employed as an Information Science server administrator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
The MEC was approved as the NCAA’s 25th Division II conference in February. The 12–‐team regional all–‐sports league, featuring schools from West Virginia,Ohio and Virginia, will sponsor championship competition in 16 men’s and women’s sports during the 2013–‐14 academic year.