Mary Jo Peppler, both an outstanding player (indoors and outdoors) and coach, was awarded with the AVCA Founders Award in 1998. During her playing career, she was a six-time First-Team All-American and a four-time Player of the Year. In 1964, Peppler competed on the U.S. team in the Olympic Games and earned gold at the Pan American Games in 1967. She was honored as the USBBA All-Time Great Volleyball Player in 1984 and started playing regularly on the Association of Volleyball Professionals until 1993. Peppler went on to coach at Utah State, Kentucky and Florida. From 1991-96, she mentored the number-one women's beach volleyball team of Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1990 and was named Volleyball Magazine's "third most influential person of the century in volleyball." Peppler also served as a co-founder of the first year-round training program in Pasadena, Texas, in 1972.