AVCA Announces 2006 Hall of Fame Class


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9/28/2006 -The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced its fourth annual Hall of Fame Class, which will be inducted in conjunction with the 2006 AVCA Annual Convention, December 11-16, 2006, at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The AVCA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have and continue to make significant contributions to the AVCA and the sport of volleyball.

The 2006 inductees are: Deborah Chin, Carol Dewey, Mick Haley, Michael Hebert, Sue Gozansky, Sue Woodstra and John Zoltek. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 13 from 7-8 p.m. as part of the AVCA Convention.

"It is a great honor to be able to recognize people who have contributed in such significant ways to our sport and our organization," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "This class is full of coaches and athletes with many wins, but just as significant is the countless hours they have worked to develop the sport of volleyball and to convince others to love it with the same passion they love it."

The AVCA Hall of Fame committee consists of: Jeff Nelson, Univ. of San Francisco head coach, (Chair); Susie Homan, former head coach; Barb Viera, AVCA Hall of Fame member; Julie Hermann, Univ. of Louisville Senior Associate Athletic Director; Linda Herman, former administrator; and Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Manager, Media Relations and Publications. Inductees are nominated under one of four categories: coach/educator, administrator, player or organization.

The seven-member 2006 class is the largest since the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2003, which included 23 inductees. Here are this year's inductees, listed in alphabetical order, and some of their career accomplishments:

Deborah Chin led the University of New Haven Chargers to a record of 572-178 over the course of her 18-year coaching career at the school. Chin was named Conference and Region Coach of the Year six times, leading her team to 13 NCAA and AIAW Regional Tournaments. Her teams finished ranked in the top 5 on four occasions. Chin currently serves as the Athletic Director at the University of New Haven, overseeing 17 men's and women's athletic programs.

Carol Dewey spent 20 years as the Head Coach at Purdue University. She holds the career record for wins at Purdue with 469, and had a win percentage of .647 during that time. Dewey led the Boilermaker program to four Big 10 Conference Championships and nine postseason appearances. She was instrumental in the growth of women's volleyball, as Purdue became a model program for others to follow as the support of women's volleyball started to increase on college campuses. During her tenure, Purdue set an attendance record on October 29, 1985 as 10, 645 fans saw the Boilermakers defeat Western Michigan 3-1. Dewey was a member of the first NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Committee and a charter member of USA Volleyball's CAP Cadre.

Sue Gozansky has guided the University of California-Riverside volleyball program for the past 37 seasons. Gozansky has the second longest tenure of any coach at the NCAA Division I level and has compiled a record of 664-449-16. During her time at Riverside, the Highlanders have won two NCAA Division II Championships and an AIAW Small College Championship. In 2005 Gozansky was named to the NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team. Coach Gozansky is a member of the USAV CAP Cadre, has written two books on volleyball, is a certified instructor for the FIVB, and has conducted volleyball coaching clinics all over the world.

Mick Haley has spent 29 years as a collegiate head coach and has compiled an overall career winning percentage of .811 and 904 wins. Since arriving at the University of Southern California in 2000, Haley's squads have amassed a record of 131-22, posting back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2002 and 2003. Prior to arriving at USC, Haley spent four years as the head coach of the USA Women's National Team and led Team USA to a fourth place finish at the 2000 Olympics Games in Sydney, Australia. At the University of Texas, Haley garnered 522 wins, including the 1988 NCAA Championship. Haley started his career at Kellogg Community College, winning 348 matches and two NJCAA Championships.

Mike Hebert, Head Coach at the University of Minnesota, has compiled an impressive 804-339 in his 30-year career as a Division I Head Coach. He has led his teams to the NCAA semifinals four times, twice at Illinois (1987 and 1988) and twice at Minnesota (2003 and 2004). Hebert is only the third coach in Division I history to bring two different programs to the NCAA semifinals and is the only coach to do so with two programs from the same conference. Hebert has been named the Big 10 Conference Coach of the Year on five different occasions and was named the 1985 AVCA National Coach of the Year. Hebert's teams have produced 14 AVCA All-Americans, one Honda Broderick Award winner and one Olympian. In addition to his college duties, Hebert has also served USA Volleyball as the Head Coach for multiple international tournaments, including the Pan Am Games and the World University Games.

Sue Woodstra was the captain of the USA Women's Volleyball Team that earned the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. During her eight years with Team USA, Woodstra also led the team to the 1983 Zone Championships and three other top five finishes in World Championship play. Woodstra played professionally for the NEC Volleyball Team of the Japan League from 1984-1988, and three seasons with the Merrill Lynch / Reebok USVBA team that won back-to-back National Championships in 1985 and 1986. In 1993 she was selected as a USVBA All-Time Great, and was recently named to the USAV All-Era Team. As a collegiate player, Woodstra was a standout for the University of Southern California and Coach Chuck Erbe. She helped lead the Women of Troy to the 1977 AIAW National Championship, earning All-America honors in the process. When her playing career ended, Woodstra turned to coaching. She has coached at the NCAA Division I and II level, as well as the international level, and is currently the Head Coach at Humboldt State University.

John Zoltek was the physical director at the YMCA in Woonsocket, R.I. During that time, the Woonsocket "Y" had a streak of 28 consecutive New England Volleyball Championships. He also captained the 1964 YMCA Senior National Championship. Zoltek has spent time as a tournament director, referee, coach, mentor, player, and has been a great friend and promoter of the sport of volleyball. He is still a member of USA Volleyball and in 2005 played in the 75-and-older division at the National Championships at the age of 82. John was inducted into the YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2006.

The AVCA, with its national office now based in Lexington, Kentucky, provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing the world's fastest growing sport - volleyball. The AVCA has more than 3,200 members and is growing steadily. Members are comprised of national and international coaches, men's and women's coaches for NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, two-year colleges, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches. Other members include former players, officials, media members and other friends of volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world.


Top Row (Left to Right): Sue Gozansky, Mick Haley, Sue Woodstra, Carol Dewey

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Mike Hebert, John Zoltek, Debbie Chin




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