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Twenty-two years ago in the late summer heat of the Las Vegas desert, Bob Kelly dreamed up an idea for a local volleyball tournament at Durango High School. Over the last two decades, the Durango Fall Classic has become anything but unremarkable. Instead, it’s become unquestionably the most prestigious and competitive high school volleyball event anywhere in the country.

“I have a hard time accepting that it’s the top tournament in the country, simply because I never thought it would be in that position,” said Kelly. “I thought it would be a good, solid regional tournament. I’m very proud of how it’s evolved. It lives its own life.”

Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly

Tournament Director

A California native, Robert (Bob) Kelly began at Clark in 1978 and, with O’Quinn assisting, led the Chargers to the first of their five state titles in 1981. Their 1989 squad featured future Olympian Charlene Johnson Tagaloa, and his final two teams went a combined 56-1. In 1993, Kelly and O’Quinn moved to Durango and continued working together

By 1997, the two had led Durango to a state title. The Trailblazers also won the 1999 boys state crown. Durango’s 2002 and 2003 girls teams lost only one set to a team from Nevada and won back-to-back state crowns.

After 30 years of coaching , Bob retired after delivering a combined nine state titles in boys and girls volleyball at Clark and Durango.

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Athletic Administrator

Press Coverage

2015

09/21/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Wrapping Up Durango Fall Classic 2015”

09/20/15 MaxPreps.com: “Durango Fall Classic Photo Gallery”

09/20/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Durango: Predicting A Future Champion”

09/20/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Assumption Comes Back to Win Durango a Record Fourth Time”

09/19/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Rockets Rally For Repeat At Durango Fall Classic (FREE)”

09/19/15 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Cougars compete with nation’s best”

09/19/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Meet Coronado, The Durango Streak Stoppers”

09/19/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Durango Day 2: Qualifying Madness”

09/18/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Durango Day 1: Winning Is Everything!”

09/18/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “Durango Fall Classic 2015: Preview and Predictions”

09/17/15 PrepVolleyball.com: “National High School Rankings”

09/16/15 Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA): “Durango Fall Classic features country’s best volleyball teams”

09/16/15 MaxPreps.com: “MaxPreps Top 25 national high school volleyball rankings”

09/15/15 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Coronado looks to break Durango Fall Classic girls volleyball jinx”

2014

09/24/14 MaxPreps.com:  “MaxPreps Top 25 national high school volleyball rankings”

09/22/14 PrepVolleyball.com: “Durango Fall Classic 2014: There’s a “D” in Assumption and It’s Hardly Silent”

09/22/14 Daily PrepTalk: “Weekly Wrap – Durango Recap and More”

09/21/14 PrepVolleyball.com: “Rockets Fire Away at Durango”

09/20/14 PrepVolleyball.com: “Sixteen Still Contending at Durango Fall Classic”

09/20/14 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Fall Classic Day 1 Notebook”

09/20/14 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Bonanza gains valuable experience from trip to Fall Classic bracket final”

09/19/14 PrepVolleyball.com: “Previewing the 2014 Durango Fall Classic”

09/18/14 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Fall Classic: The Clash of the Mascots”

09/17/14 MaxPreps.com: “MaxPreps Top 25 national high school volleyball rankings”

09/16/14 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Coronado volleyball to test national ranking”

2013

09/24/13 MaxPreps.com:  “MaxPreps Top 25 high school volleyball rankings”

09/22/13 Daily PrepTalk: “Torrey Pines’ Durango repeat a historical feat”

09/22/13 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Day 2 Notebook”

09/21/13 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Gators grab confidence, bracket title”

09/20/13 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Day 1 Notebook”

09/20/13 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Play-In Preview”

09/18/13 Daily PrepTalk: “2013 Durango Fall Classic Preview”

09/05/13 MaxPreps.com: “Top tournaments draw national volleyball spotlight”

2012

09/16/12 Daily PrepTalk:  “Torrey Pines the toughest, captures Durango title”

09/16/12 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Day 2 Notebook”

09/15/12 Daily PrepTalk: “Torrey Pines claims Durango”

09/15/12 Daily PrepTalk: “Some expected, some not at Durango Day 1”

09/14/12 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Fall Classic Day 2 outlook”

09/13/12 Daily PrepTalk: “Durango Fall Classic Preview”

09/13/12 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Plenty of talent on display at Durango Fall Classic”

09/11/12 MaxPreps.com: “Eyes focus on Las Vegas this week, where four Top 25 teams are scheduled to play”

2011

SI.com Faces in the Crowd:  Katie George, MVP of the 2011 Durango Fall Classic

ESPN HS:    2011 Complete Coverage    Video Highlights    Photo Gallery

MaxPreps.com:    2011 Video Highlights    Video of Championship

09/19/11 MaxPreps.com: “Assumption wins Durango Classic”

09/16/11 MaxPreps.com: “Top volleyball teams head to Durango”

09/17/11 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “FALL CLASSIC: Drost helps Gators to top local finish in tourney”

09/15/11 Las Vegas Review Journal: “Volleyball tournament to test 11-1 Gators”

09/14/11 Daily PrepTalk: “Fear and Gloating in Las Vegas (Durango Preview)”

09/14/11 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Durango volleyball event draws teams from across U.S.”

09/13/11 ESPNHS Volleyball: “Las Vegas teams hoping for good showing at Durango Classic”

2010

MaxPreps.com: Coverage of the 2010 Durango Fall Classic

Preview

Recap

On-site Report

Highlights

Championship Match

ESPN Rise: Coverage of the 2010 Durango Fall Classic     09/30/10 ESPN Rise on Sports Center
Preview    Update    Top Players    Recap    Video Highlights    Photos

09/25/10 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Silverado rallies to place third in bracket at Durango Fall Classic girls volleyball tournament”

09/24/10 Las Vegas Review Journal: “Bulldogs make late statement in Durango Fall Classic”

09/23/10 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Durango Fall Classic lures elite competition”

2009

MaxPreps.com:

Video Coverage of the 2009 Durango Fall Classic

09/26/09 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Nation’s best prep volleyball team puts on display at Durango tourney”

09/24/09 Las Vegas Review Journal: “Local volleyball tourney features top national clubs”

09/23/09 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Expanded Durango Fall Classic features top national, local teams”

2008

MaxPreps.com:

Video Coverage of the 2008 Durango Fall Classic

Photo Gallery

09/20/08 Las Vegas Review Journal nevadapreps.com: “Durango Classic brings out the best”

2005

09/28/05 View Neighborhood Newspaper: “A Classic Event”
(article on Bob Kelly and Durango Fall Classic Tournament)