Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame
The Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) was founded in summer of 2016 at American Sports Centers in Anaheim as a 501c3 charity non-profit organization (#81-3695316) to raise awareness for the indoor sport from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The SCIVBHOF moved in January,
2021 to the Forza1 Performance Center in Temecula-Winchester.
EARLY & RECENT OLYMPIANS, CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES TOP 2022, 2023 SCIVBHOF INDUCTION CLASSES; 2 GREATS FOR SERVICE
Olympians from the 20th and 21st century, plus championship coaches top the list for the 2022 and 2023 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) induction classes. They will be honored on Sunday night, May 5, 2024 as the HOF moves back on schedule from missed selections due to COVID. Topping the 2022 list are Olympic medalists David Lee from Long Beach State and UCLA’s Elaine Youngs. Championship coaches include Stanford’s Don Shaw, USC men’s and Washington women’s Jim McLaughlin, UC San Diego’s Doug Dannevick, former Cal Poly Pomona/Arizona/Minnesota leader, Rosie Wegrich, Mira Costa High School’s DaeLea Aldrich, and Santa Barbara HS and City College’s Rick Olmstead. Alice Chambers Sanchez, who worked in the sport for almost 60 years, was selected for the SCIVBHOF Lifetime Service Award.
Heading the 2023 SCIVBHOF list are 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist winning Libero Rich Lambourne and numerous-time Golden West College championship women’s coach Albert Gasparian. Mary Perry, who played for both the first and second USA Olympic teams in 1964 and 1968, plus Ninja Jorgensen and Miki McFadden, who both played with Perry on the 1968 USA Olympic Team for Mexico City were also selected. High School and College Player of the Year and 1996 Olympian Kristin Klein Keefe and High School Player of the Year and 3-time Collegiate All-American Cynthia Barboza-Wilkes, both from Stanford, round-out the 2023 induction class. USC volleyball playing All-American and USA National Team sports physician and 2012 London Olympic Doctor, Bill Stetson, was selected for the 2023 Lifetime Service Award for almost 50 years in volleyball.
Lee, who led Long Beach State to the 2004 NCAA finals, won gold for the USA Olympic team at 2008 Beijing, and bronze at 2016 Rio before retiring from the program. He played at the Beach for SCIVBHOFer Alan Knipe and for SCIVBHOFer John Speraw on the USA team. He is still playing beach and won his first AVP event on July 24 in Atlantic City. Youngs was a rare four-time collegiate All-American at UCLA, and won the 1991 NCAA while playing in four straight Volley Fours, and on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic indoor team. After retiring indoors, she and won a bronze medal at Athens 2004 in Olympic beach with fellow SCIVBHOFer Holly McPeak.
Shaw, who was a multi-sport standout at Palisades High School before attending Loyola Marymount University for college and being an International Volleyball League (IVL) professional player, coached Stanford to its first four NCAA titles in the 1990s, and is the all-time women’s NCAA percentage coaching leader (440-70, .863).
McLaughlin was the first coach in NCAA history to win titles in both men’s (USC in 1990) and in women’s (Washington in 2005). He was also an All-American setter for UC Santa Barbara. Dannevick won six NCAA Division III titles as the head coach at UC San Diego and dominated in the 1980s and 1990s with 10 championship appearances in 12 years. Wegrich, who played at San Diego State and was an all-star defender in the IVL, finished her 43-year college coaching career in the top 15 among in all-time NCAA wins with 780, along with numerous NCAA appearances at Minnesota, Arizona and Cal Poly Pomona. Aldrich dominated high school girls’ volleyball, leading Mira Costa to many league, CIF and California State titles after playing at Long Beach State.
Olmstead coached a CIF title at Santa Barbara HS with SCIVBHOFer Karch Kiraly as his top player, and a California State JC title at Santa Barbara City College. He has been a national and international official for almost 50 years, plus his son Shawn and daughter Heather are top college NCAA coaches at BYU.
Alice Chambers Sanchez, who will turn 90-years old in March, 2023, has been selected as the 2022 winner of the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) Lifetime Service Award. Attending Narbonne High School in Lomita, she did not begin playing volleyball until the age of 25 in a house wives league after she was married with four children. She started organizing and running Southern California area tournaments back in 1960, and ran events for 59 years until stopping in 2019 at the age of 86. Her work and expertise included the scheduling for as many as 90 teams and officials over one event.
For 2023 Lambourne started every match for the 2008 gold medal winning team in Beijing and has a 1999 NCAA title as the BYU starting outside hitter after first playing at Foothill HS in Santa Ana. Gasparian won an incredible 92% of his women’s match at Golden West College, which included 16 California State titles (12 in a row), and a 105-match winning streak for the UCLA graduate.
Perry, who passed away in 2012, was a two-time AIAW All-American at Cal State Northridge after playing in 1964 and 1968. She is in the CSUN and Pierce JC Halls of Fame after starting playing in Burbank. Jorgensen, who is in the LA City HOF and went to Occidental College, also won gold at the 1967 Pan-American Games with Perry. She was the long-time coach at Glendale HS, starting before Title IX came into law, and passed away in 2017. McFadden was the youngest player at age 18 on the USA National Team beginning in 1966 and set for the 1968 Olympic squad before attending USC. She was a HS championship coach in Oregon.
Klein Keefe was a HS standout for Marymount and then a four-time All-American for 2022 HOF inductee Don Shaw at Stanford. She played on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Team before retiring. Her twin daughters were part of three NCAA title teams at Stanford. Barboza-Wilkes was the Gatorade National Player of the Year at Long Beach Wilson HS, then led Stanford to three straight NCAA finals. She was twice an alternate for the USA Olympic Team.
Stetson, who has been of service to the volleyball community for almost 50 years, was a NCAA championship setter and multi-time All-American at USC. After completing USC Keck Medical School, he has been in sports medicine for the USA men’s and women’s programs since the 1990s, including traveling to the 2012 Olympics in London as team doctor. He was the first USC men’s volleyball player to ever win the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2007 for his combination of sports and academics.
SCIVBHOF HONORS INDOOR VB GREATS SINCE 2016
From 2016 through 2022, 80 all-time indoor volleyball greats have been inducted into the SCIVBHOF and seven more have been honored for their lifetime service to the sport. The next induction event is scheduled for May of 2024. Please email any HOF questions to SCIVBHOF@gmail.com
2020 & 2021 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Classes
The 4th and 5th SCIVBHOF Honorees included: front row (L to R), Kari Holtzman (for Bernie Holtzman), Dixie A. Grimmett, Jane Ward, Charlie Brande, Sue Gozansky, Linda Murphy, Sharon Hix Soulia (for Ernie Hix).
Back row (L to R), David Saenz (for Manny Saenz), Alan Knipe, Troy Tanner, Tim Hovland, Gary Sato.
At event, but not in picture: Tammy Leibl, Ryan Millar, Reid Priddy.
Also part of HOF classes, Harlan Cohen, Terry Condon, Wink Davenport, Jack Henn, John Hyden, Duncan McFarland, Holly McPeak, Jeff Nygaard, Sharon Peterson, Teee Williams, Fred Sturm, Sue Woodstra.
Photo by Jim Wolf
2021 SCIVBHOF HONOREES
Linda Murphy (Lifetime Service)
Priddy was a four-time USA Olympian (2004, 2008 Beijing Gold, 2012, 2016 Rio Bronze) and Millar was a three-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008 Beijing Gold). Both were collegiate All-Americans at Loyola-Marymount and Brigham Young University (BYU) respectively. Millar led BYU to its first NCAA title in 1999.
Peterson, who is in the Cal State Long Beach Athletics Hall of Fame, was part of the first two USA Women’s Olympic teams in 1964 (teammate of Linda Murphy, who played at Cal State Northridge) and 1968. Davenport, who is in the Wesleyan University in Connecticut HOF for basketball, was a key member of the 1968 USA men’s Olympic team and went on to be the most recognized NCAA referee in history. Woodstra, who led USC to the 1977 AIAW title, would have started on the 1980 USA Olympic Team, which boycotted Moscow. She won a silver medal as captain of the 1984 team and was an assistant coach for the 2008 USA Olympic silver medal team in Beijing. Sturm, a top UCLA player on three NCAA title teams (1972, 1975, 1976) and the first Stanford men’s and women’s NCAA finals coach, went onto be the USA Olympic Coach in 1992 (bronze medal in Barcelona) and 1996.
Leibel, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Year at Arizona State, was a three-time Olympian (1988, 1992 Barcelona Bronze Medal, and 1996). Hyden, who is part of the San Diego State Athletics Hall of Fame was a two-time Olympian (1996, 2000), while McPeak, who set UCLA to the 1990 NCAA title, was a three-time USA Beach Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004 Athens Bronze Medal).
Hovland, who led USC to the 1980 NCAA title, had a legendary beach career after retiring from the indoor game. Holtzman, who is part of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, was also a beach legend and was regarded as one of the greatest all-around players in world history.
“We are very excited that our fifth Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame induction class covers so much USA volleyball history and has such a great USA Olympic team presence,” said Mike Gallups, President of the SCIVBHOF. “We are very hopeful we can honor this group and the 2020 class by having a major induction event in the fall if our honorees have been able to obtain the vaccine for COVID-19 and the health situation has improved.”
International Volleyball Hall of Fame members in SCIVBHOF (28): Andy Banachowski, Mike Bright, Patty Bright, Craig Buck, Tara Cross-Battle, Bob Ctvrlik, Col. Edward DeGroot, Marv Dunphy, Dusty Dvorak, Rolf Engen, Jean Gaertner, Debbie Green, Kathy Gregory, Bernie Holtzman, Flo Hyman, Karch Kiraly, Ron Lang, Misty May-Treanor, Holly McPeak, Michael O’Hara, Larry Rundle, Al Scates, Gene Selznick, Sinjin Smith, Jeff Stork, Steve Timmons, Jane Ward, Paula Weishoff.
AVCA Hall of Fame members in SCIVBHOF (17): Andy Banachowski, Deitre Collins-Parker, Terry Condon, Denise Corlett, Marv Dunphy, Brian Gimmillaro, Sue Gozansky, Debbie Green, Dixie Grimmett, Mick Haley, Karch Kiraly, Debbie Landreth Brown, Liz Masakayan, Nina Matthies, Al Scates, Rudy Suwara, Sue Woodstra.
Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame
2019 Inductee Highlights
SCIVBHOF Video by ASU Cronkite School
2019 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Class Photo by Jim Wolf
Front Row (L-R): Eric Sato, Bonnie Bright (for Patti Bright), Liane Sato, Karen Sutter (for Kirk Kilgour), Sharkie Zartman, Pat Zartman, Debbie Landreth Brown, Mick Haley, Rudy Suwara.
Back Row (L-R): Paul Sunderland, April Ross, Ann Davenport, Jeanne Beauprey Reeves, Bob Yoder, Denise Corlett, Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Dave Saunders, Linda Murphy (for Jean Gaertner). Not Pictured: Bill Olsson