AVCA Announces 2007 Hall of Fame Class
9/5/2007 -LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is proud to announce the 5th annual AVCA Hall of Fame induction class. The 2007 class features Debby Colberg of Sacramento State University, Russ Rose of Penn State University and Steve Shondell of Muncie Burris Laboratory School. The 2007 AVCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted in ceremonies on December 13 at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2007 AVCA Annual Convention in Sacramento, Calif.
"Halls of Fame are reserved for those that have done exceptional work for a long, long time", said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "These three candidates are the best of the best. In their different settings, they are the definition of ‘sustained excellence'."
The induction of three honorees now brings the total number of individuals honored to 41 in the five years of the AVCA Hall of Fame.
The AVCA Hall of Fame committee consists of: Jeff Nelson (chair), Brenda Williams, Nona Richardson, Barb Viera, Julie Hermann, and Bill Kauffman. Inductees are nominated under one of four categories: coach/educator, administrator, player or organization.
The 2007 class is as follows:
Debby Colberg is in her 32nd and final season as head coach at Sacramento State University. Having recently earned career victory number 800, Colberg is only the fourth active women's volleyball coach in NCAA Division I to reach 800 or more wins. Under Colberg's guidance, Sacramento State has had 29 winning seasons in 31 years, and has averaged 25.8 wins per season during that span.
Colberg, the recipient of 15 coach of the year awards (10 conference, four regional and one national), led the Hornets to the 1981 NCAA Division II national championship, as well as the AIAW Division II national crown in 1980 (the NCAA did not sanction women's sports until 1981). Since Sacramento State became a Division I program in 1991, Colberg has amassed nearly 400 wins, and the Hornets have a streak of 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, including seven regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament championships in that span.
A true citizen of Sacramento, Colberg graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in physical education. Her coaching career began at Churchill Intermediate School, and continued at Rio Americano High School, both located in California's capital city. During her first two years as coach at Sacramento State, she doubled as coach at the university and Rio Americano.
"The hard work and determination that is expected and instilled in her players is taught from her own actions," said Ruben Volta, associate head coach at Sacramento State, in his nomination of Colberg. "Debby is a master technician on the volleyball court and, more importantly, a role model to follow off the court."
Entering his 29th season as head coach at Penn State University, Russ Rose has amassed more wins in NCAA Division I women's volleyball than all but two other active coaches. Rose is on pace to earn career victory number 900 in 2007, a feat only accomplished by five other active coaches at any level of NCAA women's volleyball. Rose's teams have an overall record of 894-158 (.850), the best winning percentage of any active coach in Division I with at least five years of Division I head coaching experience.
Rose led the Nittany Lions to three consecutive NCAA Division I Championship matches from 1997-1999, winning the championship crown in 1999. Having never posted less than 22 wins in a season, Rose has guided his Penn State teams to 10 Big Ten titles in 16 years, including their current streak of four consecutive outright league championships, a feat never before accomplished in that conference. Of the six times a Big Ten school has gone undefeated in league play, Rose's Penn State teams own three of them (1998, 1999, 2005).
Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Rose was a part-time coach at George Williams College, his alma mater, before becoming the defensive coach for one season at the University of Nebraska, while earning his master's degree. Rose has also served several stints as either head coach or assistant coach for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams.
"Coach Rose's knowledge of the game, success on the court and game management skills make him one of the greatest coaches in the sport today," said Salima Rockwell, Penn State assistant coach and former player under Rose, in her nomination letter. "Having played for him and now back as his assistant coach, I have had the privilege to learn not only about the game of volleyball, but about life itself."
Steve Shondell has amassed 1,070 wins in 31 years as head coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind. According to the National Federation of High Schools Sports Record Book, Shondell's win total ranks in the top ten nationally in the history of high school girls' volleyball. With only 88 losses in those 31 years, Shondell has an incredible overall winning percentage of .924.
Shondell's Owls have won 18 Indiana State Volleyball Championships, including their current streak of 10 consecutive in 2A since the state went to class systems in 1997. He has been named Indiana coach of the year 10 times, and was a national coach of the year finalist in 1986. In Shondell's 31 years, Muncie Burris has never lost more than seven matches in a season, and has gone undefeated six times. The Owls have won four national championships, and have been runners-up nationally three times.
Great volleyball coaches in Muncie run in the Shondell family. His father, Dr. Don, was the head coach at Ball State University in Muncie for 34 seasons, and is a charter member of the AVCA Hall of Fame. Steve played for his father at Ball State from 1974-77, before becoming head coach at Muncie Burris, Ball State's affiliated laboratory school. Steve Shondell was inducted into the Indiana Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
"After coaching with Steve Shondell for over 19 years, I can confidently say that he is a man of outstanding character, a coach and teacher of unlimited and unselfish dedication," said Reece Peacock, Muncie Burris varsity assistant for 19 years, in Shondell's nomination letter. "Steve is always willing to help anyone, coach or athlete, for the betterment of the sport and more importantly, for the good of the individual."
Left to Right: Debby Colberg, Steve Shondell, Russ Rose