Staley math teacher, Ken Corum, has been selected by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) to line judge the national semifinals at the Division I volleyball championships in Columbus, OH. Over 200 line judges nationwide were eligible to work the tournament, and Corum is only one of four to be chosen for this assignment.
Corum has line judged in the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament for the last six years, and this is his first opportunity to work the national semifinals. He was also a former head volleyball coach at Oak Park for eight years, and has officiated high school volleyball for MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) and club volleyball for USA Volleyball for a number of years as well. Corum was the first referee for the MSHSAA Class 3 state championship match in 2015.
The NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament is set up similarly to the NCAA basketball tournament with a 64-team bracket over three weekends. First and second round matches were played Dec. 1-3, regional semifinal and final matches took place on Dec. 9-10 with the national semifinals set to take place on Thurs., Dec. 15 and championship match on Sat., Dec. 17. Corum worked the first four rounds of the tournament in Lincoln, NE.
The officials and line judges are evaluated by NCAA personnel during each round of matches and decide who moves on to officiate subsequent rounds. Based on this process, Corum does have an opportunity to work in the national championship match, if selected.
“I am in shock that I was selected.” Corum said. “However, I have learned so much about volleyball and officiating from colleagues and mentors over the years and hope to put my knowledge to good use in Columbus.”
Minnesota will take on Stanford in Thursday’s first national semifinal at 6:00PM (CST) with Nebraska playing Texas in the second semifinal at 8:30PM (CST). Both matches will be televised on ESPN. The national championship is scheduled for Saturday at 8:00PM (CST) on ESPN2.