Jane Ward, 2020

Jane moved to Southern California in the early 1950s after growing up in Buffalo where she is in the University of Buffalo Athletic HOF.  She was the most dominant female player of her era from 1954-1968. She was a 5-7 outside hitter, who also set, and led her USVBA teams to 13 national championships, winning All-American honors each year and was USVBA MVP five times.  She played primarily for the Long Beach Ahern Shamrocks.

She started on the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympic Teams, after starting in the 1956 and 1960 World Championships. She also competed in the Pan-Am Games in 1955, 1959, 1963 (silver medals) and won the gold medal in 1967.  She was head coach at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz from 1969-78 (winning the State Title in 1978) and inducted into their HOF. She was also the successful head coach at San Jose State in the AIAW era. In 1969 she won the USVBA ‘All-Time Great Player’ award. She was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1988.