Cal State Northridge head women's volleyball coach and former U.S. National team setter Jeff Stork is one of six volleyball legends who will be inducted as the Class of 2012 into the Volleyball Hall of Fame this Saturday, Oct. 20.
Taking place in Holyoke, Mass., the sport's birthplace, the two-day affair will begin on Friday, Oct. 19, with a VIP reception, followed by a public "Meet and Greet" on Saturday, with the formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony taking place later that evening.
Joining Stork are 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.
"As a player, receiving recognition from the selection committee is a great honor," said Stork. "For me, there is a lot of honor and respect for the game of 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.
"I loved competing with my teammates and playing for the coaches that I did," said Stork. "I was a part of many successful teams over the years and was extremely happy to be a part of that success. This was a special time for me and my family."
Stork 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.