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.
INTERNATIONAL VB HOF MEMBERS, OLYMPIANS, NCAA CHAMPS
HIGHLIGHT 2020 SCIVBHOF INDUCTION CLASS FOR MAY 3
The 2020 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) induction class includes 13 individuals that cover the first USA Olympic Team (Jane Ward) to the last NCAA men’s volleyball championship (Alan Knipe). They will be honored at the fourth induction banquet/charity auction on Sunday night, May 3 at Anaheim’s Highway 39 Event Center. There are International Volleyball and AVCA Hall of Fame members and names that are legends in the sport. Headlining are 1964 & 68 Olympian Jane Ward, triple USA All-Era team member Manny Saenz and NCAA champion as a player and coach as well as 2012 USA Olympic Coach Alan Knipe from Long Beach State.
Other inductees include a rare USA indoor and beach Olympian and NCAA championship player Jeff Nygaard, who is currently the USC men’s head coach and 1968 Olympic starting setter and San Diego State men’s coach for its only NCAA school title, Jack Henn. More include Henn’s SDSU star player and also NCAA championship coach Duncan McFarland, plus NCAA champion and 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Troy Tanner, who coached Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor to Olympic Gold on the beach in 2008. Add in retired Long Beach State women’s coach Dixie Grimmett, who coached the first unbeaten team in collegiate history and 1968 USA Women’s Olympic Coach Harlan Cohen, who helped start the Pepperdine men’s program.
Completing the SCIVBHOF lineup are USA National Team standout, UCLA All-American and coach for over 400 college wins, Terry Condon, plus the ‘father of USC men’s volleyball’ and two-time NCAA championship coach Ernie Hix. Two-time Olympian, Hawaii All-American and College Player of the Year Teee Williams-Slacanin is joined for induction with NCAA champion, Olympic Coach and from one of the first families of volleyball, Gary Sato. The two SCIVBHOF Lifetime award winners being honored are UC Riverside NCAA championship coach Sue Gozansky and Orange County Club champion legend Charlie Brande.
“We are excited to have such a historical and unique group of honorees for 2020,” said Mike Gallups, President of the SCIVBHOF. “To have players from the 1940s to the 2000s and a wide range of Olympians to national collegiate champions, makes for another great class of inductees on May 3.”
2020 SCIVBHOF Inductees & the SCIVBHOF Lifetime Service Winners
International Hall of Fame members in SCIVBHOF (26): 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, Flo Hyman, Karch Kiraly, Ron Lang, Misty May-Treanor, 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 (15): Andy Banachowski, Deitre Collins-Parker, Terry Condon, 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.
“The 2020 SCIVBHOF class and lifetime selections represent volleyball history from the international and Olympic aspects to the college game and go back to the origins of USA men’s and women’s volleyball,” said Michael Sondheimer, SCIVBHOF Executive Director. “The committee’s job gets tougher each year with less spots available, but 14 selected for recognition are well deserved.”
CLUB/COLLEGE LEGENDS CHARLIE BRANDE & SUE GOZANSKY
SELECTED FOR 2020 SCIVBHOF LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD
Orange County/Balboa Bay Club coaching legend Charlie Brande and former USA national team player and Hall of Fame UC Riverside coach & Cal Poly Pomona athlete Sue Gozansky have been selected for the 2020 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) Lifetime Service award. They will be honored at the HOF Dinner/Charity Auction on Sunday night, May 3 at Anaheim’s Hwy 39 Event Center.
Brande has primarily spent his 40-year plus coaching career in Orange County, coaching both boys and girls on the club and high school levels, including both Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar. He also was the head coach both the UC Irvine men’s and women’s teams. Numerous Brande players have received college scholarships and he has coached many Olympians and USA National Team members.
Gozansky was a six-sport star at Cal Poly Pomona before finishing a master’s degree at UCLA around playing for the USA team. She put UC Riverside on the map during her 39 years of volleyball coaching, which included winning three national championships and 674 matches. She was inducted into both the UC Riverside and Cal Poly Pomona Athletic Halls of Fame as well as the AVCA and Southern California Jewish Sports Halls of Fame.
“The SCIVBHOF is very proud to have two such distinguished local volleyball representatives as Sue and Charlie to honor with our 2020 lifetime service award and they are both so deserving,” said Mike Gallups, President of the SCIVBHOF.
Brande has been the administrator or coach for 35 club championships over the past 40 years and while the UCI head coach he won both MPSF (men) and Big West (women) Coach of the Year honors. He coached at both Hawaii for Dave Shoji and UCLA for Andy Banachowski in the early 1980s. Over 200 of the OC/Balboa Bay club’s male and female players have earned college volleyball team spots. He won two CIF boys and two CIF girls titles and one state title.
Gozansky, who in recent years was a volunteer volleyball assistant at Claremont High School after retiring from college coaching, has coached the USA in numerous internationally competitions. She also coached in the Olympic Sports Festival. The author of two books also coached four times in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. She led UCR to 20 straight NCAA berths and was always a NCAA title contender throughout the 1980s and 90s in winning the three NCAA titles.. She was inducted in 2016 into the Riverside County Sports Hall of Fame.
“Charlie and Sue are recognized for their accomplishments as two of the most outstanding coaches in volleyball history and they have provided tremendous service and guidance for their athletes and assistant coaches over the years,” said Michael Sondheimer, SCIVBHOF Executive Director. “I have had the pleasure of knowing both Charlie and Sue and they are so respected by their peers for their work ethic and very deserving of the SCIVBHOF Lifetime Service Award.”
The HOF display is located at American Sports Centers in Anaheim, where the USA men’s and women’s national teams train in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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
HOF Walls at:
American Sports Centers
You are invited to visit the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame home at the American Sports Center Sidelines Café in Anaheim:
1500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805 (714-917-3602).
Download our Nomination Form and return it by September 1, 2020 for athletes to be considered for 2021 Awards.