June 20, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former University of Michigan volleyball coach Sandy Vong will be inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, it was announced today (Friday, June 20) by the organization. Vong is one of three members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class. The group will be inducted during the AVCA Convention during the national championship weekend this December in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Vong founded the Michigan men's club volleyball team in 1968 and the women's club team in 1971. In 1973, when the women's team gained varsity status, Vong became the head coach, a position he had for 11 seasons in Ann Arbor. Vong guided the Wolverines to 40 wins in 1981, which included the Big Ten Tournament championship, the AIAW regional championship and an eighth-place finish in the AIAW national championship.
Vong coached AIAW All-Midwest Region and Big Ten All-Tournament team selections Alison Noble and Diane Ratnick, who both earned those honors in 1981. Vong won 177 matches as Michigan's head coach, which stood as a program high until current U-M coach Mark Rosen passed that mark in 2008. He received an honorary Michigan letter from the Lettewinners M Club in the fall of 2012.
"Sandy is a true man of character," Rosen said in the AVCA release. "In my experiences with Sandy, he has always put the team ahead of himself and the sport ahead of everything. His guidance and vision for the AVCA has been impressive. He is an innovative thinker who is always looking for ways to improve our sport through technology and training methods. His inventive mind is always active and engaged on how we can make our game better and help our athletes improve."
Vong will join Sandy Hoffman, who was the head coach at Bentley University for 32 years, and Ruth Nelson, who totaled over 500 wins in her coaching career at George Williams, Houston, LSU and Iowa, in the 2014 Hall of Fame class.
Contact: Kent Reichert