Tom Tait received the AVCA Founders Award in 1999. A former men's head coach at Penn State, Tait was named the 1986 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year. During his career, he was a five-time Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year and earned Coach Emeritus status from the EIVA in 1990. He served as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Festival team and was the 1982 Junior National Team assistant for the Pacific Rim Championships. Tait also mentored the 1983 World University Games team and was the assistant coach at the 1983 Pan American Games. Tait founded and coached the Penn State women's volleyball club in 1974.