January 24, 2019

USA Volleyball Selects Pete Hanson for Hall of Fame Induction

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Pete Hanson will be among a group of 25 volleyball legends and stars of the sport who will be inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame as presented at the Dorothy C. Boyce Banquet on May 22 in Columbus, Ohio.

Hanson, who has served as the head men’s volleyball coach at Ohio State University since 1985 and racked up three NCAA national titles, will be honored with the Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach in the contemporary division. He led the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2016 and 2017, which included a 42-match win streak. Hanson, a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, is a member of the AVCA Hall of Fame. Entering the current 2019 campaign, Ohio State has posted a 702-340 record with Hanson at the helm.

In addition to Hanson’s award, the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will include John Kessel and Misty May-Treanor. Kessel has been selected as the 2019 Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award recipient, the top honor USA Volleyball can bestow on an individual. Kessel has devoted five decades of his life developing the sport of volleyball. May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic Games gold medalist, will enter the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame as its All-Time Great Female Beach Player award recipient for 2019. She is widely regarded as the one of the best beach volleyball players of all-time including 21 consecutive Olympic match victories and three FIVB World Championship titles.

The USA Volleyball Hall of Fame honors players, coaches, officials and other leaders within the sport. The induction gala is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at www.usavolleyball.org.

2019 USA Volleyball Hall of Fame Recipients (not including Junior Award recipients named March 15)
John Kessel – Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award
Misty May-Treanor – All-Time Great Female Beach Player Award
Ron Von Hagan – All-Time Great Male Beach Player Award
Kendra Lancaster – All-Time Great Female Player Award – Sitting
Beth McLachlin – Flo Hyman All-Time Great Female Player Award
Bryan Ivie – Tom Haine All-Time Great Male Player Award
Bill Stratton – All-Time Great Player Award – Pioneer Division (2019 Only)
J. Rashin – All-Time Great Player Award – Pioneer Division (2019 Only)
Bjorn “Joe” Johansen – All-Time Great Player Award – Pioneer Division (2019 Only)
Bernie Specht – All-Time Great Player Award – Pioneer Division (2019 Only)
Stephanie Schleuder – Bertha Lucas All-Time Great Coach Award – Pioneer Division
Pete Hanson – Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach Award – Contemporary Division
Steve Bishop – George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award
Gloria Cox – George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award
Joel Reinford – Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus Award
Tom Sullivan – Nancy S. Sharpless Scorekeeper Emeritus Award
Lori Okimura – William G. Morgan Award