AVCA Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Class
11/2/2004 -COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced its 2004 Hall of Fame Class, which will be inducted in conjunction with the 2004 AVCA Annual Convention at the Long Beach (Calif.) Westin Hotel. The AVCA Hall of Fame, now honoring its second class, recognizes individuals who have and continue to make significant contributions to the sport of volleyball.
The 2004 inductees are Teri Clemens, Debbie Green, Al Scates and Sandra Vivas. The induction will take place on Dec. 16 at the AVCA Annual Meeting at 11:15 a.m. in the Long Beach Westin Hotel.
"I am very excited about this year's inductees to the AVCA Hall of Fame," AVCA executive director Katherine McConnell said. "The class is a great mix including coaches, a player and an administrator. Each inductee has been connected with the AVCA at some level and has helped the sport of volleyball grow exponentially and in contrasting fashion throughout the country. They will be in great company with the inaugural class and it is truly an honor to induct this group."
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, 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 3,100 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.
Clemens coached 14 years at Washington University in St. Louis and finished with a record of 529-77. She holds the NCAA Division III record for career-winning percentage of .873. Clemens coached the Bears to seven NCAA Division III National Championships, including six consecutive titles from 1991-96.
She was named the Tachikara/AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year in 1991, 1994 and 1996. Her 1992 squad is the only NCAA Division III Tournament team to finish a full season with a perfect record (40-0). Clemens led the Bears to first-place finishes in the University Athletic Association 11 times in 14 years at Washington University.
Clemens served on the AVCA All-America Committee as the chair of the South Region and was an AVCA poll voter. She also served as the Division III representative on the AVCA Board of Directors from 1990-93. During her time on the board, the AVCA instituted the Division III national poll to provide publicity for schools playing at that level.
Prior to her years at Washington University, Clemens coached for six years at St. Louis' Incarnate Word Academy and accumulated a 155-15 record with three Missouri State championships in 1982, 1983 and 1984. She was inducted to her alma mater Truman State Hall of Fame in 1995.
Green, a two-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball team member, is in her 19th year as an assistant coach for Long Beach State University volleyball. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995 and became the fifth woman inducted into the University of Southern California Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Green became the first woman to enter the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame on April 30, 1998.
Green was a member of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball team that won the silver medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. She also participated in three World Championships and two Pan American games where she won a silver medal in 1983. Green played for the Los Angeles Starlites of Major League Volleyball (MLV), a women's professional indoor league, and helped the squad earn the league's first two championships in 1987 and 1988.
She has mentored six AVCA All-America setters, including Misty May in 1997 and 1998. May was selected as the AVCA Player of the Year both seasons and became the first student-athlete to win the honor back-to-back.
At Westminster High, Green was on the Adidas Junior Team and was named an All-American at age 16, becoming the youngest player to receive the honor.
Scates has served as head men's volleyball coach at UCLA the past 42 years, which has netted 18 NCAA titles since 1970. He has been named national coach of the year five times and holds the record for most men's collegiate victories at 1,083.
Scates was an inaugural recipient of USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Volleyball Coaches Award and is the first active coach to be inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame and the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998 and earned the 2003 UCLA Alumni Association Award in Professional Achievement. Scates was the founder and director of the Southern California Volleyball Association in 1963, which now operates as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
His other accomplishments include being named as the coach of the USA Volleyball All-Era Team (1978-2002) and recipient of the U.S. Olympic Committee 1998 Coach of the Year. Scates was named the 1998 USA Volleyball National Coach of the Year.
Scates has been elected to his second tour of duty as AVCA men's representative starting on Jan. 1, 2005. He also served as a board representative from 1986-89. Scates participated on the NCAA Men's Volleyball Committee for four years, including a two-year stint (1972-73) as its chair.
Vivas was the first full-time executive director for the AVCA and served from 1983-2000. During her 17 years, she helped get the AVCA off the ground and increased membership from 200 to 3,200. Vivas played an instrumental role in establishing the AVCA Annual Convention.
Vivas pioneered the role of interactive websites and databases within coaches organizations as she was instrumental in the early segments of the AVCA's current on-line website and database, making the AVCA one of the first coaches organizations with those features. She helped obtain long-lasting sponsorships with Tachikara and Sports Imports, both of which are still sponsors of the AVCA. Vivas contributed to the expansion of the AVCA awards program to include All-Americans, Coach of the Year, Team Academic and Player of the Week honors.
She has been active with USA Volleyball, serving on its board of directors and multiple committees within the organization. Vivas has also played many active roles with the Women's Sports Foundation. She was on the Coaches Advisory Roundtable, the Audit Committee Chair and the treasurer for the Board of Trustees. Vivas received the Women's Sports Foundation's President's Award in 1995.
Vivas is the founder, chief executive officer and president of AthleticLink.com, which the AVCA partners with to power the association's on-line career resources center.
Left to Right: Debbie Green, Al Scates, Sandra Vivas, Teri Clemens