Cal State Northridge women's volleyball head coach Jeff Stork was one of six volleyball legends enshrined in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Saturday evening in festivities in Holyoke, Mass., the birthplace of the sport.
Stork, along with 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 make up the 27th induction class into the illustrious hall.
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.
The following is an excerpt from Stork's acceptance speech courtesy of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
"I would like to thank the Volleyball Hall of Fame for honoring me with this induction," said Stork. "I have a great deal of respect for the game of volleyball and I know the people who here in. I recognize or have played with probably 60 to 70 percent of the people in the Hall of Fame. I truly know how good and great those players are and were. I would also like to thank the city of Holyoke and the Volleyball Hall of Fame for putting on such a wonderful event. This is truly a memorable event. I want to thank everybody in this room. We all love the sport of volleyball and if it is not for you, we are not growing the sport. Today is certainly a sense of accomplishment and pride in what I did as a volleyball player. But I certainly did not get in the sport to be in this position. I loved the sport. I loved to compete and I played for the love of the game. My induction tonight is based on achievements on the court, but for me I would like to remember and thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches who are responsible for the development of me as a player and person."
Top Hall of Fame Photo Courtesy of Sweet Dog Photos
Bottom Photos Courtesy of Jeff Stork
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