LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 4, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 13th annual AVCA Hall of Fame class. Terry Condon, Peter Hanson, Nina Matthies and Stephanie Schleuder will all be honored in ceremonies at the 2015 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.
The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport, with the AVCA Hall of Fame. The first AVCA Hall of Fame class, a total of 23 individuals who had earned either the AVCA Founders Award or AVCA Excellence in Education Award, was honored at the 2003 AVCA Annual Convention. These four will make a total of 70 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame.
It is difficult to quantify the impact Terry Condon has had on volleyball in this country, simply because of what she's done across so many levels. She's coached or been an administrator across all three divisions of the NCAA over the course of her nearly 40-year career.
Since graduating from UCLA then post-grad work at California State Bakersfield, she began her coaching career at then-Division II Bakersfield and led the RoadRunners to a third place finish nationally. She went on to be Texas A&M's head coach before taking the Associate Athletics Director position at UCLA, where she starred as a player. She's widely considered one of the greatest players in program history with her number 34 jersey retired.
Upon returning to the Bruins in 1986, she continued receiving accolades by bringing in three consecutive UCLA Achievement Awards in 1989, 1990 and 1991. The following year in 1992, she was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. She remained in an administrative role after moving to Northeastern University in Boston. There, she revamped the athletics department compliance program that brought about NCAA Certification and equalized men's and women's budgets per Title IX.
Condon got back into coaching in 2004 with the Division III University of Massachusetts, Boston. While also serving as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and SWA, she has completely turned around the volleyball program to be a perennial top-25 team. She has won six straight Little East Conference regular season and five tournament championships en route to three NCAA Regional titles. For her efforts, she was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women's Hall of Fame to recognize her coaching and teaching accomplishments within the community and college.
"Her life mission has always been to grow the sport of volleyball and ensure the growth of her players and coaches around her," said UMass Boston co-Head Coach Michael Houlihan. "She measures her team's success not by wins or losses, but by each person's growth both on and off the court. She is a person that represents the sport with great passion and integrity. Even though she may not want the recognition, it is exactly what she deserves."
In his 31 seasons at the helm of the Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Volleyball Team, few coaches have the track record to match up with Peter Hanson. After a playing career at Kellogg Community College and Ball State University, he first got into coaching as the University of Wyoming Assistant Coach for two seasons before heading to Columbus to become the program's eighth head coach.
Since his first year in 1985, Hanson has recorded 614 wins and a .650 winning percentage. The two-time AVCA Coach of the Year racked up 15 MIVA titles and 10 NCAA Tournaments culminating in a 2011 NCAA National Championship. When they defeated UC Santa Barbara they became the first team from the MIVA to take home the national crown. He has been voted the MIVA Coach of the Year 11 times in his career.
Hanson also spends countless hours helping grow the sport of volleyball, particularly on the men's side. He is routinely seen at various coaching events sharing his knowledge and passion for the game, always willing to help whether you're a seasoned veteran or a rookie coach. If you happen to find yourself in a high school Ohio gym, don't be surprised if you stumble upon Hanson lending a hand.
"He has provided a model for a highly successful coach who is even a better father, husband and friend," said Penn State Head Men's Volleyball Coach Mark Pavlik. "Pete is THE type of men's volleyball coach I would want to represent the men's coaching world in the AVCA Hall of Fame!"
After about three decades of coaching, it'd be easy for a coach to slow down and smell the roses. That coach is not Nina Matthies. She led the indoor team into a top-25 ranking mainstay, registered 590 career wins and a .780 conference winning percentage. During her tenure, she has been named the WCC's Coach of the Year seven times and co-Coach of the Year an additional three times. Under Matthies, Pepperdine has ended the season ranked in the AVCA top-25 14 times.
She stepped away from the court in 2013 as the West Coast Conference's all-time winning coach, but instead of retiring, she traded her sneakers for sandals to become Pepperdine's full-time beach coach. What gave her that opportunity was her being on the forefront of beach volleyball becoming an NCAA sponsored sport. A handful of years ago, Matthies and other AVCA members began advocating adding beach volleyball to the list of emerging sports, which it did as "sand" in 2010. She has served and continues to serve on the AVCA Beach Volleyball Coaches Committee and is one of the first members of the NCAA Beach Volleyball Committee.
Matthies wasted no time in establishing Pepperdine as a collegiate beach volleyball powerhouse. They swept the inaugural AVCA Sand Championships in 2012 in both the team and pairs categories. They won the team championship again in 2014 and earned a top-3 finish this season. In total, Matthies has been at the helm of 14 AVCA All-American sand awards, which tops the country. With a track record like hers, it's difficult to imagine her retiring to the sandy Malibu beaches anytime soon.
Before she became a coach, she was an outstanding player in both the college and pro ranks. She was a team captain at UCLA in 1974 and 1975, winning the national championship in both of those years. Her jersey was retired from UCLA in 1990. Professionally, she was a Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Champion in both 1985 and 1986, and was the founder of the Women's Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA).
"As long as she remains at the helm, Pepperdine will always be feared by opponents and loved by volleyball fans," said University of San Diego Head Coach Jennifer Petrie. "I have learned about the sport of volleyball, team dynamics and professional growth by observing Nina and her program at Pepperdine."
It's one thing to coach college volleyball for 34 years; it's another when you're able to average just over 20 wins for every one of them. Her 702 career victories rank her among the all-time leaders in college spanning four teams, serving her final 12 years at Macalester College. She began her coaching career at Bemidji State before heading to her alma mater Minnesota Duluth where she took an assistant role also accepting the head basketball coaching position. She went on to serve double duty as the head volleyball and basketball coach at the University of Alabama before coaching solely volleyball at her next stop at the University of Minnesota. At all of her schools, she also served as an administrator or professor taking roles to improve the entire department and school.
In 1991, Schleuder became the first woman to be inducted into the Bulldogs Hall of Fame. She was far from a one-trick pony, playing an incredible seven different sports (volleyball, basketball, badminton, field hockey, softball, tennis and track). Lucky for volleyball, that is the sport where she spent the vast majority of her career as a coach.
In addition to serving as a coach and school administrator, she spent considerable time in prominent volleyball leadership positions. From 2002-2004, she served as president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and took home multiple awards for her roles at USA Volleyball. She received the Karen Johnson Human Relations Award, a Boyce Award from the USA Volleyball Foundation and a George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award. She went on to serve as a Cadre Instructor in the Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) and won Gold in 1990 as the coach of the North Team in the U.S. Olympic Festival.
In 2005, Schleuder was inducted into the Minnesota Volleyball Hall of Fame and the following year was honored at the Minnesota State Capitol with an award at the Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
"Stephanie has always stepped up with a solution when she saw a problem," said Cecile Reynaud, a former longtime head coach at Florida State University. "She was elected as the AVCA President while serving at a Division III school and was instrumental in establishing the AVCA Hall of Fame program. She has been a pioneer in this fantastic sport and deserves this lifetime recognition for her service."
The submitting party must provide to the AVCA a completed nomination form along with a written statement explaining why the nominee deserves be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame, two (2) additional supporting statements of endorsement written by each of the signed endorsers, and a complete resume of the nominee.
Reminder: Nominated individuals will be considered for three (3) consecutive years. Persons nominated in 2013 and 2014 that have not yet been named to the AVCA Hall of Fame will be considered for this year's award.
Nominations are broken down into three main categories
- Outstanding career as a coach/educator that has brought exceptional distinction to the individual, the institution, and/or the AVCA.
- Must have served as a head coach/educator for a minimum of fifteen (15) years. Other considerations will be at the discretion of the Hall of Fame Committee.
- Outstanding career as an administrator or professional staff member that has brought exceptional distinction to the individual, institution and/or the AVCA.
- Must have served as an administrator for a minimum of fifteen (15) years. Other considerations will be at the discretion of the Hall of Fame Committee.
- Outstanding organization or business that has brought exceptional distinction to the sport of volleyball and/or the AVCA.
- Must have been associated with the sport or the AVCA for a minimum of ten (10) years. Other considerations will be at the discretion of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Completed nominations are to be sent to:
AVCA - Hall of Fame
2365 Harrodsburg Rd, Suite A325
Lexington, KY 40504
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