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Cal Poly volleyball coach tweets: 'not with team'

Cal Poly volleyball head coach Jon Stevenson had “no access” to the team during the Mustangs’ tournament appearance at Utah Valley, according to posts to Stevenson’s Twitter account Saturday.

A Cal Poly spokesman confirmed Stevenson was not on the trip but declined further comment.

A post that appeared shortly after 3 p.m. read, “Watching the team that I built, trained, and prepared lose to inferior teams i.e. santa clara and university of utah but I have no access.”

No reason was offered for how or why Stevenson lost access, but a following post to Stevenson’s Twitter account said, “look for the truth (when the time is right) on blogger.com. This is sad, sad, sad. I feel horribly for the kids. Folks can call anytime...”

Stevenson has yet to return a text seeking comment, and the coach’s cell phone voice mailbox said it was full.

Cal Poly athletic director Don Oberhelman has yet to return a cell phone message seeking comment.

The Mustangs lost to Utah Valley 3-2 on Saturday following Friday’s 3-1 loss to Santa Clara and are playing Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

Stevenson is in his seventh season at Cal Poly since arriving in 2005 and guiding the Mustangs to national relevance for the first time in decades.

He took Cal Poly to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007, reaching the regional semifinals in the second appearance. It was the first time the Mustangs had advanced as far in the postseason since 1985.

Stevenson regularly spent offseasons moonlighting with USA Volleyball, which he has been affiliated with in various capacities since 1982.

Rising to prominence as a beach volleyball player in the 1980s and 90s, Stevenson was a founding member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour and has been inducted into both the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Professional Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame.

—Joshua D. Scroggin

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