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Starlings is searching for a new Executive Director

By Kim Oden, 12/07/21, 12:00PM PST


Starlings Volleyball USA Announces Executive Director, Lucy Pinney is stepping down

Starlings Press Release  - December, 2021

San Diego, California (December, 2021) - Starlings Volleyball, USA announced that Executive Director Lucy Pinney will step down from her position as Executive Director. Pinney will remain the Executive Director until a new one is named. Operations will continue as planned in 2022, including the addition of 13 new Starlings programs. 

The Board of Directors will begin its search for a new Executive Director immediately.  

Pinney has served as Starlings Executive Director since October 2018. In that time, Starlings has made essential improvements to its operating structure, fundraising strategies, outreach to at-risk girls and has forged corporate partnerships that put the organization in a strong position for growth. Notable accomplishments during Pinney’s tenure include:

  • 116% increase in Starlings club programs nationwide.

  • Partnership with Adidas, which provided the biggest corporate support package in the organization's 25-year history.

  • Organized an annual Starlings Directors’ Conference.

  • Provided the first ever Starlings College Showcase for Starlings student-athletes interested in playing collegiate volleyball, footage of which was streamed to interested college coaches.

  • Created the Sister Club Team and Sister College programs.

  • Directed the Starlings National Tournament twice that included 600-1200 Starlings players from all over the country.

  • Created an operating manual with step-by-step guidelines on a wide range of club procedures, including Starlings club rules, new club affiliation policies, and a parent/player handbook.

Pinney, who spent her career as a non-profit consultant and founded the Montana Volleyball Academy before joining Starlings, said, “Over the last three years we have been able to build an impactful, unique and life-changing organization, affecting and saving the lives of young, at-risk girls, while empowering the coaches and directors who serve them. We have made many great new friends and established vital and intimate partnerships throughout the volleyball industry. Starlings is an organization that is respected and sought out for its leadership. I am proud of the work accomplished.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff and the young people whose lives have been positively affected, we want to thank Lucy for her leadership, enthusiasm and tireless commitment to Starlings," said Kim Oden, the Starlings Board of Directors Chair. “I am amazed at all that Lucy accomplished as the Starlings Executive Director. In only three years, she took our small organization and gave it proven systems, national credibility and corporate connections. Her heart for Starlings players, coaches and directors is inspiring, as is her commitment to this organization.The board is grateful to Lucy for her many contributions; her work leaves Starlings well positioned for a bright future.” 

About Starlings Volleyball, USA 

Starlings Volleyball, USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, believes every girl deserves the opportunity to play club volleyball, regardless of socioeconomic background or level of play. The Vision for Starlings Volleyball, USA is to provide girls in under-resourced communities with equal access to quality volleyball programs, regardless of financial hardship, ethnicity or skill level through exposure to training and participation in the sport of volleyball. Starlings uses the platform of the sport to empower within each player academic excellence, healthy lifestyle choices and excellent character.

Contact: Kim Oden, Chair, Board of Directors

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