Ernie Hix, 2020
Ernie is known as ‘The father of USC Men’s Volleyball’ and the person most influential in making the sport nationally successful for the Trojans. He coached USC to their first two NCAA Titles in 1977 and 1980 and was NCAA runner-up in 1979 and 81 in the best four year stretch in school history before retiring. Hix attended USC as a basketball player in the 1950s after playing twice in the LA City finals at Hollywood HS. He started at USC volleyball in the early 1970s as assistant coach and became head coach in 1974, which began the national rise.
He not only coached numerous All-Americans, but raised the necessary funds so the program would have the full NCAA scholarship allotment necessary to win. He brought in SCIVBHOF member Bob Yoder as his successor, who continued the NCAA success.. Hix had a 138-49 (.738) record in 7 seasons (1974-81). His former players and coaches remember him yearly at ‘the Ernie Event’ on the Trojan campus. He passed away on June 5, 2016.