AVCA Announces Third Annual Hall of Fame Class
11/8/2005 -COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced its 2005 Hall of Fame Class, which will be inducted in conjunction with the 2005 AVCA Annual Convention at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. The AVCA Hall of Fame, now honoring its third class, recognizes individuals who have and continue to make significant contributions to the AVCA and the sport of volleyball.
The 2005 inductees are Louise Crocco, Carol Dewey, Karch Kiraly, Lisa Love and Bob Sweeney. The induction will take place on Dec. 15 at the AVCA Annual Meeting at 11:15 a.m. in the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.
"It never ceases to amaze me how many truly great volleyball minds are in our sport, whether on the sidelines coaching, on the court playing or in an administrative role," AVCA Executive Director Katherine McConnell said. "This 2005 AVCA Hall of Fame class brings several years of devoted service to volleyball, all creating valuable contributions that continue to benefit future coaches in our profession."
The AVCA hall of fame committee consists of Jeff Nelson (Chair), Brenda Williams, Susie Homan, Barb Viera, Marcy Weston, Linda Herman and Heather Cox. Inductees are nominated under one of four categories: coach/educator, administrator, player or organization.
The AVCA, with its national office based in Colorado Springs, 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.
Crocco has built Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. into one of the best programs in the country over the past 38 years. In that span, she has directed Cardinal Gibbons to 17 Florida State Championships and amassed an eye-popping 1,046-117-career record entering the 2005 season.
She has been named Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year 18 times and has received similar recognition from the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News on numerous occasions. The National High School Coaches Association named Crocco National High School Coach of the Year in 1988 after leading her team to a 39-2 record and its fifth straight state championship. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Florida Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Crocco was also involved with the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) as a volleyball representative on the on the board for rules and recommendations from 1993-1996 and as been an active member of many professional organizations including the AVCA. She served as the high school representative on the AVCA Board of Directors from 1998-2000.
She is also the athletic director at Cardinal Gibbons and has been the head of the school's fitness and health department since 1975. In Crocco tenure at the school, over 100 girls have gone to attend college on athletic scholarships at schools throughout the country. Crocco works year round in the community running camps and clubs that helped foster the growth and interest of volleyball.
Dewey coached at Purdue University for 20 years before retiring in 1994. She holds the record for career wins at Purdue, posting a 469-256 mark. In her tenure at the school, Purdue won four Big Ten Championships and made nine postseason appearances. Under Dewey's guidance, six Boilermakers were named AVCA All-America and 39 players received All-Big Ten honors. A strong believer in the "student-athlete", Dewey had five players named CoSIDA Academic All-America and 32 named Academic All-Big Ten during her tenure. Dewey was named Big Ten Coach of the Year on three occasions.
Dewey was a true pioneer of collegiate volleyball as Purdue was one of the first schools in the country to emphasize the sport. With Dewey's leadership Purdue changed the way volleyball was being supported and viewed on college campuses as evidenced by the national attendance record set at Purdue on October 29, 1985 with 10,645 - a record that lasted for five years. Thus, Purdue became a model program for other schools to follow. She also had a tremendous influence on the coaching profession as a charter member of USA Volleyball's CAP Cadre and has mentored former players in the coaching profession.
Dewey was also a member of the first NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Committee in 1981 when the NCAA opened championships to women's sports. She was an active member of the AVCA All-America Committee. Dewey experienced national success as a player as well. She was a member of the 1975 United States National Team and played with E Pluribus Unum, winning national championships in 1972 and 1973.
Kiraly is arguably one of the best volleyball players to ever play the game. He helped lead UCLA to NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championships in 1979, 1981 and 1982. In his four years at the school the Bruins went 123-5 including undefeated seasons in 1979 (30-0) and 1982 (29-0). He was named All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and All-American four times. He was also named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 1981 and 1982. In 1992, Kiraly was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired. He was graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a 3.3 grade point average majoring in bio-chemistry, which led to an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
After his collegiate career was over Kiraly helped lead the United States National Team to Olympic Gold Medals in 1984 and 1988. He also helped the Americans to gold medals in the 1985 World Cup, where he was named most valuable player, and the 1987 Pan Am Games. He became the only volleyball player in Olympic history to win three gold medals in 1996 when he won the inaugural gold medal for Olympic beach volleyball with Kent Steffes. FIVB recognized Kiraly as "Best Player in the World" in 1986 and 1988.
Kiraly has had an excellent career on the beach as well. He has won 147 career beach tournaments, which ranks first on the all-time AVP list. He won the World Championship of Beach Volleyball in 1979, 1981 and 1988. He has earned more than $3 million as a professional beach player. Even now, at the age of 44, Kirlay, continues to perform at the highest level beating people half his age. He has won at least one tournament in 24 of the 27 seasons he has played, spanning four different decades.
Love was hired as the athletics director at Arizona State University, beginning her duties July 1, 2005. She is one of only six women to hold such a post throughout the country. Love is responsible for the management and development of the school's 22 sports programs.
Before moving into administration fulltime, Love compiled an impressive 404-171 as head coach in 17 seasons at Texas-Arlington. She was named Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year in 1988 when Arlington went 30-4 and fell one win shy of the NCAA Division I semifinals. She was the head coach at Southern California from 1989-1998 and served as an associate athletic director from 1991-2001. As a coach, she led the Trojans to a 205-93 record, nine NCAA Division I Tournament berths and eight finishes in the national top 15. She also served two stints as vice president of Pac-10 Conference (1992-93, 2001-2002).
Love served as AVCA president from 1997-98 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee. She worked on the AVCA All-America committee from 1987-89 and was a legislative representative to the AVCA Board from 1992-94. Love was instrumental to the development and the direction of volleyball on a national scale
Prior to coaching at USC, Love earned her bachelor's degree at Texas Tech where she was a four-year starter and an all-region selection in volleyball. She then received a master's degree in education administration from North Texas.
Sweeney was both the men's and women's volleyball coach at East Stroudsburg University before retiring in 1994. He posted a 381-224 record on the men's side and a 383-199 career mark as a women's coach. His women's teams won four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. Aside from his coaching success, Sweeney made a positive impact on the sport through his leadership in several organizations.
As president and treasurer of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), Sweeney was a key factor in the expansion of men's volleyball on the east coast. It was under his leadership that the organization grew significantly and modified its structure several times to help both varsity and club teams to develop and support volleyball at their respective institutions.
In addition to his work with the EIVA, Sweeney has been active in numerous committees. He served two terms as the eastern representative to the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Committee from 1988-1994. He was chairperson of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Selection Committee from 1983-1989. He was an NCAA Representative to USA Volleyball's National Rules Committee from 1990-1993. He also worked on the AVCA Men's Committee from 1991-1994.
Sweeney received the EIVA Leadership and Service Award in 1994. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995 and the East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame in 1996.
Left to Right: Karch Kiraly, Lisa Love, Louise Crocco,
Bob Sweeney. Not pictured: Carol Dewey