AVCA Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Class
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is proud to announce the seventh annual AVCA Hall of Fame class, featuring Marcia Alterman, Marv Dunphy, Peggy Martin and Terry Pettit. The 2009 AVCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted in ceremonies December 17 at the jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla.
"This year's class is a testament to the broad community of achievers that makes our sport a success," said Kathy DeBoer, AVCA executive director. "Our four inductees, representing two NCAA divisions, coaches of both genders and an official, are all individually distinguished in their fields and collectively demonstrate the strength of leadership in volleyball."
The induction of these four honorees will bring the total number of AVCA Hall of Fame honorees to 48 in its seven years of existence. For more information on the AVCA Hall of Fame, click here.
The AVCA Hall of Fame committee consists of: Nona Richardson, UC Davis (former coach, chair); Arnie Ball, IPFW (NCAA Coach); Debby Colberg (AVCA Hall of Fame member); Chad Purcell, Omaha World-Herald (media); Bren Stevens, University of Charleston (administrator); and Brenda Williams, Olivet Nazarene University (NAIA/Two-Year College coach).
Marcia Alterman was named the first executive director of the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials (PAVO) in 1996, and has since defined the job and established its prominence in the volleyball community. Alterman's integral role as writer, interpreter and educator of volleyball rules for the past 20 years has had a vital, lasting impact on the game and those who play it, as well as those who officiate it.
As head of PAVO, Alterman provides leadership and oversight to volleyball rules and officiating programs across the country. She played a key role in developing the first NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules and Interpretations book. Alterman also developed the inaugural certification processes for support officials, as well as being involved in the formal officials' certification process, having rated and evaluated over 400 officials at the national level.
Alterman received her bachelor of arts degree and master of business administration from Wichita State University. She was an active college volleyball official for over 20 years, having worked the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Championships during that span. She has been a recipient of the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award and Glen G. Davies Referee Service Award, both given by USA Volleyball.
"There may be no one in the game that has had a greater impact on the training and educating of officials, as well as educating coaches on the rules of the game," said Kelly Sheffield, head coach at University of Dayton, in his nomination of Alterman. "Administrators and officials are a very important part of our game, and in my opinion, nobody has meant more to our sport in these areas than Marcia."
Marv Dunphy is one of the most successful American men's volleyball coaches in the history of the sport. Dunphy will soon be entering his 27th season as head men's coach at Pepperdine University, where he has won four NCAA national championships, and is less than 10 wins away from the 500 mark. Under Dunphy's tutelage, 15 different Waves have earned 34 AVCA All-America honors, and six times a Pepperdine player has been named AVCA National Player of the Year, more than any other program.
Dunphy, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994, has excelled at the international level as well, with a long, successful coaching tenure with the U.S. Men's National Team. During his stint as head coach, the American team maintained a No. 1 world ranking and won every major international tournament, highlighted by winning gold at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Since then, he has been a part of four more Olympic Teams, including his role as consultant coach with the gold medal squad of 2008.
Dunphy was a middle blocker at Pepperdine and earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the university. He served as an assistant coach for the Waves before assuming the head coaching duties in 1977. Dunphy, who earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of Southern California, obtained his doctorate degree in the same subject area at Brigham Young University.
"What he can get his players to accomplish would be the envy of any coach who watched him practice his team over a period of time," said Craig Choate in his nomination of Dunphy. "He never fails to bring out the best in his players, and if I had a son playing today, I would want him to play for Dr. Dunphy."
During her 32 years as head volleyball coach at the University of Central Missouri, Peggy Martin's squads won at least 25 matches for 30 straight seasons, racking up 1,035 wins in the process. Under her guidance, the Jennies won or shared 19 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) crowns since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1982. Her teams also made 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the most in NCAA Division II history, and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals six times. Her career was highlighted by a national runner-up showing in 1987, a year in which she was also named the AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Martin announced her retirement from Central Missouri at the conclusion of the 2007 season, returning to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. However, her love and passion for the sport led her right back into coaching, as she has accepted the head coaching duties at NAIA-affiliated Spring Hill College beginning in the 2009 season.
After receiving her bachelor of science degree from Indiana University in 1972, Martin's coaching career began at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, while she was completing her master of science degree in physical education, serving as both the women's volleyball and basketball assistant coach. From there, she went on to become the assistant volleyball coach at Florida Southern College for one season before landing the head coaching job at Central Missouri in 1975. Martin earned her doctorate in physical education from Indiana University in 1980.
"While it is a major accomplishment to build a program and compete at a national level for any period of time, it is legendary to consistently compete at that level for over 30 years," wrote Debbie Hendricks, Metro State College head coach, in her nomination letter. "While her numbers are astounding - over 1,000 wins, 25 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and 19 conference championships - I believe the intangible qualities in this coach are what makes her worthy of Hall of Fame recognition."
Terry Pettit has become a name synonymous with women's volleyball across the country. As the head coach for one of the most successful teams in NCAA history, he guided his University of Nebraska to its first volleyball national championship in 1995. In his 23 seasons at the helm of the program, the Huskers captured 21 conference titles, earned 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament selections and compiled 694 wins - 44 of those coming in the NCAA Tournament alone.
Under Pettit's direction, 35 players achieved AVCA All-America status, and two of his student-athletes were named AVCA Division I National Players of the Year. In addition, three Pettit-mentored Huskers went on to become U.S. Olympians: Lori Endicott (1992-1996), Allison Weston (2000) and Nancy Metcalf (2004). He garnered AVCA Division I Coach of the Year honors twice (1986 & 1994) and earned USOC National Coach of the Year laurels in 1996.
At the conclusion of his coaching career, Pettit began his current passion of helping those in the volleyball community in different way - mentoring. In 2003 he began Terry Pettit Coaching Enhancement and has since mentored volleyball coaches at the following institutions: Nebraska, the University of Kansas, the University of New Mexico, Mississippi State University, Colorado State University, Northern Colorado University, Creighton University and the University of North Carolina. He currently writes a regular column in the AVCA's Coaching Volleyball magazine, and has recently authored a book titled Talent and the Secret Life of Teams.
"Terry has always known that the sport is bigger than any one person or coach," says Tom Hilbert, Colorado State head coach, in his nomination. "He built an intercollegiate dynasty on that basis, won a national championship and mentored countless young players along the way, many of whom still coach at all levels across the United States. His influence has been far reaching and is ongoing."