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.
USA Olympians Highlight 2021 So. Calif. Indoor VB HOF Honorees
2008 USA Olympic Gold Medalists Reid Priddy and Ryan Millar headline the 2021 fifth honoree class for the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF). Olympians Wink Davenport, John Hyden, Tammy Leibl, Holly McPeak, Sharon Peterson, Fred Sturm and Sue Woodstra also made the list. The final inductees are indoor stars and beach legends Tim Hovland and Bernie Holtzman. 1964 Olympian Linda Murphy is the Lifetime Service selection.
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.
NUMEROUS USA OLYMPIANS HEADLINE 2021 SCIVBHOF FINALISTS
USA Indoor Olympians Ryan Millar (2000, 2004, 2008—Gold Medal), Jon Root (1988-Gold Medal), Sharon Peterson (1964, 1968), Wink Davenport (1968), Ninja Jorgensen (1968), Sue Woodstra (1980, 1984—Silver Medal), Tammy Leibl (1988, 1992-Bronze Medal, 1996), John Hyden (1996, 2000), Elaine Youngs (1996, 2004—Beach Bronze Medal, 2008), Reid Priddy (2004, 2008—Gold Medal, 2012, 2016—Bronze Medal), and coach Fred Sturm (1992-Bronze Medal, 1996) are among 18 finalists for the 2021 5th induction class for the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF).
Beach Olympians Dain Blanton (2000-Gold Medal, 2004) and Holly McPeak (1996, 2000, 2004—Bronze Medal) are also finalists. Great coaches DaeLea Aldrich (8 CIF Titles, 2 National Titles at Mira Costa HS), Chuck Erbe (3 AIAW & 1 NCAA title at USC), and Jim McLaughlin (NCAA men’s title at USC/NCAA women’s title at Washington) made the list.
The final nominees, are legendary indoor and beach player from the 1940 and 1950s and International Volleyball Hall of Fame member, Bernie Holtzman, and USC NCAA indoor and AVP beach champion Tim Hovland, who played with the USA National Team and has been recognized for his lifetime accomplishments by USA Volleyball.
2021 SCIVBHOF FINALISTS (10 TO BE SELECTED)
Linda Murphy, 1964 USA Olympic Volleyball Team Member and Long-Time Local Supporter, Named 2021 SCIVBHOF Lifetime Service Award Winner
Linda Murphy, who learned volleyball as a high school student in Burbank and was part of the first USA Olympic Volleyball team for 1964 in Tokyo, has been selected for the 2021 Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame (SCIVBHOF) Lifetime Service Award. She will be presented the honor with the 2021 SCIVBHOF induction class during the spring or summer of 2021.
Murphy is one of the most decorated Southern California volleyball players in history. An 11-time USVBA All-American and eight-time national champion with the Shamrocks, Murphy traveled internationally with the USA national team for many years, highlighted first in 1963 when the 6-1 middle blocker helped the Pan-American Games to the silver medal. She then played on the first USA Olympic Team in 1964, and stayed with the USA program that won a silver medal a the 1967 World Championships and a gold medal at the 1967 Pan-American Games. In 1971 she received the USA Volleyball “All-Time Great Player” award as one of the first 12 women selected for the national honor.
Later Murphy made USA Volleyball’s 75th Diamond All-Era Team that was selected from players from 1949-1977. She spent 40 years in coaching and returned to her home area of Burbank to be the volleyball coach at Burroughs High School from 1984-2002. She won two league titles and twice advanced to the CIF playoff quarter-finals.
She has continued with USA Volleyball since 2007 as the chair of the “All-Time Great Player Award” committee that ensures that players from past generations are recognized for their contributions to the sport. For her continued work she was awarded the James E. Coleman USA National Team Award.
For many years she gave back to the volleyball community by running the Linda Murphy Summer Volleyball Camp and the SCVA Camp in Carpentaria. The City of Burbank has honored her for her long-time contributions. In 2014, the San Fernando Valley State graduate was honored by Los Angeles Valley College (before she transferred). She was a JC volleyball, basketball and softball standout from 1961-64, and was selected for the school athletic hall of fame.
“Linda has been a fixture in support the SCIVBHOF since our first year in 2017 and is most deserving of this honor for her lifetime contributions to the sport,” said Mike Gallups, SCIVBHOF President. “We hope to have a special in-person event to have Linda honored in front of her colleagues next spring or summer.”
INTERNATIONAL VB HOF MEMBERS, OLYMPIANS, NCAA CHAMPS
HIGHLIGHT 2020 SCIVBHOF INDUCTION CLASS; 2020, 2021 TENT. EVENT MAY 2, 2021
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). The fourth induction banquet/charity auction on Sunday night, May 3 at Anaheim’s Highway 39 Event Center HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY 2, 2021 COMBINED WITH THE 2021 CLASS. The 2020 class includes 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 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.