Rich Lambourne, 2023

He was a standout athlete at Foothill HS in Santa Ana, and then attended BYU as a 6-3 starting outside hitter. He helped the Cougars win their first NCAA title in 1999 with 2021 SCIVBHOF inductee Ryan Millar. He then started playing internationally at the new libero position. He was a 2004 Olympic alternate before taking over as the starter for the next eight years. He started every match for the USA Gold Medal winning team in 2008 Beijing after being named as the best libero and receiver in the 2008 qualifying tournament, and best libero when the USA won the 2008 World League. He stayed with the USA program, and was a key part of the 2012 USA team that finished 5th in London, again playing every set. He also won gold at the 2005 NORCECA Games and was the ‘Best Defender’ at the 2007 Pan-American Games (USA won a silver medal), plus the World League ‘Best Libero’ in 2007 and 2008. After retiring indoors, he turned to beach coaching and had an Olympic Team qualify for Tokyo, and has plans of being in 2024 Paris coaching a beach team on the FIVB tour around the AVP season.