Ron Lang, 2018
Ron Lang attended USC in the 1950s as indoor club player and USVBA star all-around athlete. He played on first USA Olympic Team in 1964 in Tokyo. From 1958-1968 he was a key member of the USA National Team, a nine- time USVBA first-team All-American and led his club team to three national championships (1960, 66, 68) as well eight runner-up finishes during same time period. He started playing on the beach in the 1950s and won over 50 tournaments, mostly with SCIVHOF member Gene Selznick and beach legend Ron Von Hagen. Teaming with Von Hagen, the two went 18 months straight without losing a game at the beach. He also played with fellow 2018 inductee Ernie Suwara.
From 1957-1972 he won 45 beach tournaments (over 50 overall) with 20 runner-up finishes in 78 events. He was the USC head coach in 1965 and inducted into the Los Angeles City HOF in 2013 for his success after graduating from Dorsey HS. The USVBA named Lang an ‘All-Time Great Male Player’ in 1982. He was also honored in 2003 as a member of USVBA’s 75th Men’s Anniversary team (1953 to 1977) All-Era Team. He was the first player that was inducted into the International HOF in 2005 for both his accomplishments indoor and on the beach and is also inducted into the California Beach Hall of Fame in 2011.