BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Executive Director Ivan Marquez has announced that Russ Yurk has joined the league as Assistant Commissioner.
"The EIVA got a wonderful Christmas present," stated Marquez. "Russ is uniquely qualified to contribute immensely to the continued development of our NCAA men's volleyball conference and we could not be more grateful. Welcome Assistant EIVA Commissioner!"
Yurk brings nearly 25 years of progressively responsible experience in event management and project development on the international, intercollegiate, national, and state levels within the sports industry.
“I’m honored to join the staff of the EIVA,” stated Yurk. “Volleyball has played a large part of my life as a club player in college, NCAA administrator to youth coach, and parent. I plan to bring all of those experiences to my current role serving the EIVA members and partners.”
Yurk worked with the NCAA as an Assistant Director of Brand Strategies and Events for just over two years as well as Assistant Director of Championships for almost six years. One of his duties was to serve as the Championship Manager for the NCAA Men’s National Collegiate Volleyball tournament.
Following his stint with the NCAA, Yurk was the Director of Events with USA Football, Director of Operations for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, and headed special projects with USA Baseball which included the Golden Spikes Award. In 2015 Yurk founded and became President of 129 Sports LLC, a world-class event planning and project management company.
Yurk also has held positions of Director of Operations with the Georgia State Games, Regional Logistics Manager with the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and an independent contractor for event management for various professional league events.
“It’s an exciting time to be back in the men’s college game,” explained Yurk. “There is unprecedented momentum to grow men’s volleyball in the U.S. and I look forward to playing a role in that process.”
Yurk graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management from Robert Morris University in 1994.