Jim Coleman was a legend throughout the entire volleyball world. Coleman may have had more influence on the sport of volleyball than any other single person during the 20th century. He was the inventor of the net antennae and also helped design statistical systems that are still being used by volleyball coaches around the world today. Coleman served the USA National Team program for over 40 years and was involved in seven Olympic Games. He was a key advisor for the USA Men from 1984-1988 when they won back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals, along with the World Cup Gold and World Championship Gold, and were proclaimed the "Greatest Team" in the history of men's volleyball.
Coleman, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 69, was also a key contributor to the growth and development of junior volleyball. From 1980-1992 he was the tournament director of the AAU Junior Olympic Volleyball Championship held in Lisle, Ill. During that period of time, the event grew from just 12 teams to over 350.
"Every year during the third week of June, the entire Coleman family would come to Lisle and they would work from early morning until late into the night to provide an event of the highest quality for all the teams involved," said Norb Farnaus, who worked closely with Coleman to manage the yearly event. "Jim had a tremendous passion for the development of junior volleyball and was extremely fair in all his dealings with players, coaches and club directors. I can't think of anyone who loved the sport of volleyball more than Jim."