Cal State Northridge head women's volleyball coach and former U.S. National Team setter Jeff Stork is among six volleyball legends who will be inducted as the Class of 2012 into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. on Oct. 20.
Stork, who was notified of his selection by USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal, will join fellow inductees Peter Blange of Netherlands, Mauricio Lima of Brazil, Georgiy Mondzolevski of Russia, women's volleyball player Lyudmila Buldakova of Russia and men's beach volleyball player Mike Dodd of the United States.
"It's truly an honor to be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame," said Stork. "The part that I admire the most is that current members of the Hall of Fame have a vote in the selection process so in many ways it's a vote of your peers. I have a lot of respect for the people in the Hall of Fame and I also have respect the history of the game so this truly is a culmination of all things volleyball."
Stork was the starting setter for the United States during its gold-medal performance at the 1988 Olympic Games. He followed that up with the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games and competed in the 1996 Olympics. Stork helped the U.S. dominate the international scene in the 1980s with gold medals at the 1985 NORCECA Championship, the 1985 FIVB World Cup, the 1986 FIVB World Championship, the 1987 Savvin Cup and the 1987 Pan American Games. He played a number of years in Italy and was named the Italian Serie A most valuable player in 1993 while setting for Mediolanum. Stork was selected to USA Volleyball's All-Era Team for the 1978-2002 time period.
He has been the head women's volleyball coach at Cal State Northridge since 2002 and was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Matadors to a 16-13 overall record (9-7 Big West) and a third-place conference finish, the best by a Northridge team since 2003.
"I was extremely happy with my playing career and I was fortunate to have played with the players and coaches I did," added Stork. "I wouldn't change anything and this certainly is a cap to my playing days."
The Class of 2012 will become inductees 107 to 112 in the Volleyball Hall of Fame. The induction festivities include a VIP reception on Friday, Oct. 19, at Wistariahurst Museum, followed by a public "Meet & Greet" on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony taking place the evening of Oct. 20.
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