NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Cal State Northridge softball coach Tairia Flowers, women's volleyball coach Jeff Stork and softball volunteer assistant coach Natasha Watley, as part of their respective teams, have been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The public can help vote these American legends into the Hall of Fame through on-line voting, which closes on April 9, 2012.
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Coaches Flowers and Watley were members of the 2004 US Softball Team, a squad that captured the gold medal in historic fashion.
The 2004 USA Softball Women's National Team was anointed as the "Real Dream Team" on the cover of Sports Illustrated and their performance will go down in history as one of the most dominant ever in Games history.
With its perfect 9-0 record and its string of eight consecutive shutouts, this team proved it was special. The 2004 USA Softball Women's National Team outscored its opponents 51-1 in nine games in Athens and did not allow a run until the sixth inning of the gold medal game versus Australia.
Coach Stork, who will be inducted into the Class of 2012 into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. on Oct. 20, was the starting setter on the 1988 Men's Volleyball Team.
Team USA entered the Seoul Games as the defending gold medalist. Consistency would prove to be the key to again reaching the podium, going 7-0 and winning 21 out of 25 sets in taking the gold medal.
In the preliminary round, Argentina challenged the Americans by winning the first two sets and forcing the U.S. squad to win the last three, just as it had done in the 1987 Pan American Games. In the gold-medal game, the USA faced its number one rival – the USSR – for the 10th time in 1988.
The Americans wore down the Soviets in the first two sets before overwhelming them in the last two to record their eighth such win of the year – and earn the USA's second-consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's volleyball.