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."