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December 2005
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Lisa Love to Be Inducted into AVCA Hall of Fame

 

Arizona State University Athletic Director Lisa Love will be inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame on December 15th in San Antonio, Texas.

“It’s quite an honor for me. I’m touched.” Love commented from her office at Arizona State. “I am very, very aware of my roots and a career in athletics and it’s heartwarming to know that this honor comes from my colleagues and people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

The AVCA Hall of Fame, now honoring its third class, recognizes individuals who have made – and continue to make – significant contributions to the AVCA and to the sport of volleyball.
Love was appointed the ASU Athletic Director on July 1st of this year. She is one of only six women to hold such a post in the United States. Before moving into administration fulltime, Love compiled an impressive 404-171 as head coach in 17 seasons at Texas-Arlington. She was named AVCA Division I Coach of the Year in 1988 when Arlington went 30-4 and fell one win shy of the NCAA Division I semifinals. She was the head coach at Southern California from 1989-1998 and served as Associate Athletic Director from 1991-2001. As a coach, she led the Trojans to a 205-93 record, nine NCAA Division I Tournament berths and eight finishes in the national top 15. She also served two stints as vice president of Pac-10 Conference (1992-93, 2001-2002). Prior to coaching at USC, Love earned her bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech where she was a four-year starter and an all-region selection in volleyball. She then received a master’s degree in education administration from North Texas.

Love served as AVCA president from 1997-98 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Committee. She worked on the AVCA All-America committee from 1987-89 and was a legislative representative to the AVCA Board from 1992-94. Love was instrumental to the development and the direction of volleyball on a national scale.

She is joined in this Hall of Fame class with three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly, former Purdue head coach Carol Dewey, high school coach Louise Crocco and former East Stroudsburg University men’s and women’s coach Bob Sweeney.

Dec 2005

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