Monday, 27 May 2024

More Volleyball Leaders to be Honored at Hall of Fame

The USA Volleyball Hall of Fame is set to honor several outstanding individuals for their contributions to the sport. Among those being recognized is Philip Bryant, the Gulf Coast Region Commissioner for USA Volleyball. Bryant, also known as Coach Bryant, has played a pivotal role in making beach volleyball an NCAA sport. He will receive the prestigious George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award, recognizing his significant contributions to volleyball programs and activities over a span of 20 years.

The 2022 USA Volleyball Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on May 25 in Orlando, Florida, at the Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet. This will be the first in-person ceremony since 2019, and it promises to be a memorable event. Tickets for the ceremony can be purchased through the official website of the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Other deserving individuals who will be honored at the ceremony include John Hughes, the commissioner of the USAV Western Empire Region, who will receive the Dr. Neville A. “Doc” Booth Commissioner’s Award. Additionally, Liz Masakayan, a former indoor Olympian and international beach champion, will be named the All-Time Great Female Beach Athlete, while the All-Time Great Male Beach Athlete award will be presented to Sinjin Smith, a two-time world champion. Furthermore, Phil Dalhausser, a four-time Olympian and gold medalist, will be recognized as the 2021 National Team Male Athlete of the Year.

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The list of awards and honorees is as follows:

  • George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award: Phillip Bryant
  • Dr. Neville A. “Doc” Booth Commissioner’s Award: John Hughes (WEVA)
  • Joseph B. Sharpless Arbitrator Service Award: Linda Lawrence
  • James E. Coleman National Team Award (1 of 2): Marilyn McReavy Nolan
  • James E. Coleman National Team Award (2 of 2): Mary Jo Peppler
  • All-Time Great Female Beach Athlete: Liz Masakayan
  • All-Time Great Male Beach Athlete: Sinjin Smith
  • National Team Male Athlete of the Year: Phil Dalhausser
  • Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Lifetime Achievement Award: Marv Dunphy
  • William G. Morgan “Founder’s” Award: Cecile Reynaud
  • Rebecca B. Howard Diversity & Inclusion Award: Michelle Brittain-Watts
  • Medal of Honor: Stacy Sykora
  • All-Time Great Male Indoor Athlete: Scott Fortune
  • All-Time Great Female Indoor Athlete: Tammy (Liley) Leibl
  • National Team Female Athlete of the Year: April Ross
  • Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Ayden Keeter
  • Junior Female Athlete of the Year: McKenna Godsey
  • Indoor Junior Club of the Year: Oklahoma Charge VBC
  • Beach Junior Club of the Year: Optimum Beach-FL
  • Indoor Junior Club Director of the Year: Joel Sanchez
  • Beach Junior Club Director of the Year: Katie Lindelow Dickens
  • Junior Female Coach of the Year: Priscilla Piantadosi Lima
  • Junior Male Coach of the Year: Mike Picard
  • Wilbur H. “Wil” Peck Referee Emeritus Award: Joan Powell
  • Official of the Year: Christina Newby Fiebich

The forthcoming USA Volleyball Hall of Fame ceremony promises to be a celebration of talent, dedication, and excellence in the world of volleyball. It is a testament to the tremendous impact these individuals have had in shaping the sport and inspiring future generations of athletes.

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