Don Shaw Named To 2008 AVCA Hall of Fame Class

Oct. 1, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford men's and women's volleyball coach Don Shaw will be inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2008, announced the AVCA today. The 2008 class features Deitre Collins-Parker, three-time AVCA All-American at the University of Hawai'i; Brian Gimmillaro, head women's coach at Long Beach State University; and Shaw, retired women's and men's head coach at Stanford.

The 2008 Hall of Fame class will be inducted in ceremonies on December 18 at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2008 AVCA Annual Convention in Omaha, Neb.

'If you want to know the quality people in volleyball, just look at this year's AVCA Hall of Fame class,' said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. 'The first volleyball player to win the Honda Broderick Cup awarded to the top woman athlete in the country, a coach who has trained players who have competed in over 10 Olympic games, and the coach with the highest winning percentage of any collegiate coach ever . . . and they were not in our Hall of Fame until this year. Remarkable people, outstanding achievements.'

In his 16 years with the Stanford women's volleyball program, Shaw accumulated a winning percentage of .863 (440-70), ranking as the best in NCAA history. Under his leadership, Stanford won four national championships and 10 conference titles, including six in a row from 1994-99, the longest streak in Pac-10 history. In Shaw's 16 years as head women's coach, Stanford's women's volleyball program was ranked in the top-10 of the AVCA poll all but nine weeks.

Shaw also directed the men's volleyball team at Stanford for a total of seven seasons, with stints on either end of his tenure with the women's program. Under Shaw's guidance of both programs, 17 student-athletes earned a combined 37 AVCA All-America awards. Many of his former players also went on to compete at the national level, including Scott Fortune and Kim Oden, captains of the 1992 men's and women's Olympic teams, respectively, and Kerri Walsh, a two-time beach volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist, who is also widely regarded as one of the best beach volleyball players in the world.

Finding time to be an influential force in the volleyball community is something that Shaw has masterfully done. He was a charter member of the AVCA, and has served on the NCAA District VIII Advisory Committee. Shaw also sought to help develop volleyball skills in players at a young age, by conducting several clinics around the country, as well as being the co-founder and director of Stanford's men's and women's volleyball camps for 20 years.

'When I think about a Don Shaw coached team, the first two things to jump out at me are the precision of execution and the competitiveness on the court,' says Stanford men's head coach John Kosty. 'He instilled a great passion for the game of volleyball in his student-athletes and accepted nothing but the best out of every member on the team.'

The induction of these three honorees now brings the total number of individuals honored to 44 in the six years of the AVCA Hall of Fame.

The AVCA Hall of Fame committee consists of Jeff Nelson (chair), Barb Viera, Brenda Williams, Julie Herman and Nona Richardson.

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