2020 Digital Experience
Hall of Fame
Welcome to the USA Volleyball 2020 Hall of Fame Digital Experience
We are unable to gather this year for the 75th Annual USA Volleyball Hall of Fame presented at the Dorthy C. Boyce Banquet, but there are still several members of the volleyball community that USAV would like to honor. They’ve been key contributors to the local, regional and national volleyball scene. Below are this year’s inductees to the USAV Hall of Fame. See how the inductees helped their volleyball communities as a player, coach, official or leader, and listen to their acceptance speeches. Most of all, help us thank and congratulate these 18 individuals for being key members of the USAV family.
And now a few words from our virtual hosts, Dr. Cecile Reynaud and Joan Powell.
75th Annual USA Volleyball Hall of Fame Inductions
All-Time Great Beach Male Player
Kent Steffes’ career is one for the history books, and not just because he won the first-ever Olympic gold in men’s beach volleyball. Steffes also won World Championships, World Cups, and the Manhattan Beach Open among countless other titles.
All-Time Great Beach Female Player
Holly McPeak had a successful career on the beach, winning Olympic bronze in 2004. She won 72 beach titles and became the first woman to reach $1 million in career earnings. Holly was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Flo Hyman All-Time Great Female Player
Danielle Scott is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, playing 19 seasons and in five Olympic Games. She earned two Olympic medals and led the U.S. to several more podiums, including two World Grand Prix titles.
Thomas Haine All-Time Great Male Player
Tim Hovland was a force indoors and in the sand. He reached three NCAA title matches, winning in 1980. He also played U.S. Men’s National Team to the 1981 Canadian Cup Championship. On the beach, he won 60 tournaments, including four World Championships.
Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player | Pioneer
Diana Hoffman used a blistering club career – she won six USA Volleyball national titles and seven USAV All-America designations – to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She played during three international seasons and was an alternate to two Olympic rosters.
Thomas Haine All-Time Great Male Player | Pioneer
Chuck Nelson joined the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1959 and earned a spot in the 1964 Olympic Games. He earned USA Volleyball First-Team All-American in 1963 with two second-team selections. Chuck helped Team Hollywood YMCA win the 1964 Open Title.
Dr. Cecile Reynaud
Bertha H. Lucas All-Time Great Coach | Pioneer
Dr. Cecile Reynaud coached Florida State to 635 wins, ranking ninth in NCAA Division I victories when she retired. She has been a USAV CAP cadre since 1988 and co-editor of The Coaching Bible. Cecile is USA Volleyball’s current Board chair.
Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach | Contemporary Division
Brady Starkey has led Concordia-St. Paul to nine NCAA Division II titles, including seven in a row from 2007-2013. In 17 seasons, Concordia has won 550 matches. Brady has been recognized with AVCA Division II Coach of the Year three times.
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball
Michelle Goodall is the current U.S. Women’s National Sitting Team assistant coach after serving 11 years with the Iowa Region handling education, high performance and SafeSport. She has worked on various USA Volleyball national committees including Beach Assembly Admin Council chair.
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball
Joe Campbell has been part of USA Volleyball’s Rules Commission since 2010. He was a World ParaVolley international referee from 1992-2014. Joe served as World ParaVolley’s referee commissioner from 1994-2012 and has been World ParaVolley Pan America president since 2012.
Junior Service Award | Outstanding Clinician
John Nelson became a region referee in 1992 and later his junior national referee patch in 1998. He has given back to the sport teaching the next generation of officials by conducting officials and scorer clinics and being a mentor for the younger officials.
Junior Service Award | Outstanding Program Director
Loren Paulozzi, a CAP Level I coach, has been coaching and serving as club director for Southwest VBC for almost 25 years. Southwest has trained over 3,000 players since its inception and sent numerous teams to USA nationals over the years.
Junior Service Award | Outstanding Female Coach
Bethani Hincherick has coached at UNO Volleyball Club for 20 years, including players as young as the 2-4 Volleytot program. She’s coached the UNO 14 Elite for 13 years. Bethani has mentored teams to 10 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships appearances.
Junior Service Award | Outstanding Male Coach
Sam Nimpchaimanatham has been active coaching USA Volleyball junior indoor and beach volleyball programs from grassroots to 18-and-under age groups. For the past four years, he has trained and coached indoor and beach High Performance teams for the Gulf Coast Region.
Junior Service Award | Outstanding Parent
Kathy Ets-Hokin stresses to youth players the importance to volunteer, be compassionate to others and give back to the community by being responsible citizens. She has spearheaded relief efforts after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael that hit Florida hard.
Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus Award
Michael Blalock was a national referee from 1988-2006 and chair of the USAV national referee rating team from 1996 to 2000. He was an NCAA referee from 1981-2016, including selection to four NCAA Division I semis and 20 NCAA Tournaments overall.
Donna Friesen Wigton
Nancy S. Sharpless Scorekeeper Emeritus Award
Donna Friesen Wigton earned her national scorer certification in 1983 and missed just one USA Volleyball Open National Championship until 2017. She earned her USA international scorer patch in 1995 and worked at the 1996 Olympic Games.
For more information on the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, read USAV’s press release on the class. Also, the USAV Hall of Fame webpage has information about past honorees.