John Kessel inducted into USA Volleyball HOF
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23, 2019 - John Kessel was
inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame presented at the
Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio,
along with 23 other legends of the sport.
Kessel was honored with USA Volleyball’s Harold T. Friermood
“Frier” Award, the top award presented by the national governing
body for lifetime achievement. He has placed footprints all over
the sport of volleyball in all three disciplines – indoor, beach
and sitting – to the point that his impact has been reached
around the world.
“I have been lucky to stand on the shoulders of giants, and
reach just a bit higher only because of all their work,” Kessel
told the crowd of 250 attending the Hall of Fame inductions,
reflecting on his extended volleyball family. “Thank you for
your influence in my life.”
Along with Kessel, Misty
May-Treanor and Ron
Von Hagan were
inducted as All-Time Great Beach Volleyball Players. Bryan
Ivie and Beth
inducted as All-Time Great Players for indoor volleyball, while Bill
“Joe” Johansen and Bernie
the Hall in the same category under the pioneer division for the
1928-52 era. Kendra
enshrined as an All-Time Great Sitting Player.
well-known in the Columbus area as the long-time Ohio State
men’s volleyball coach who retired after this season, and Stephanie
placed into the Hall as All-Time Great Coaches in the
contemporary and pioneer divisions.
Steve Bishop and Gloria
honored as George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball inductees. Joel
Reinford and Tom
the Hall as Referee and Scorekeeper Emeritus honorees,
who term concludes as USA Volleyball’s Board of Directors chair
at the end of June, was presented with the William G. Morgan. Danielle
a five-time Olympian, was presented USA Volleyball’s first-ever
Courage Award for her bravery in attempting to save the life of
her sister in a domestic violence situation.
In the Junior Leadership Service Award category, Sherry
and Kevin Wong were
presented the Junior Outstanding Program Director award. Priscila
Cunha de Almeida was
honored with the Junior Outstanding Female Coach award, while Ken
inducted as the Junior Outstanding Clinician. Kari
Duncan and Colleen
honored with the Junior Outstanding Referee and Service Awards,
inducted as the Junior Outstanding Parent.