Debbie Green Named To AVCA Hall Of Fame

Nov. 3, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Debbie Green, a two-time Olympian and All-American setter who helped lead the USC women's volleyball team to national championships in 1976 and 1977, has been named to the 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class.

Green, the current assistant coach at Long Beach State, will be inducted on Dec. 16 in conjuction with the AVCA Annual Convention at the Long Beach (Calif.) Westin Hotel. The AVCA Hall of Fame, now honoring its second class, recognizes individuals who have and continue to make significant contributions to the sport of volleyball.

This is the second Hall of Fame honor for Green. In 1995 she was inducted to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. USC All-American Paula Weishoff and the late Patti Lucas Bright are also Trojan members of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

The other 2004 AVCA inductees include longtime Washington University head coach Teri Clemens, current UCLA men's volleyball head coach Al Scates and former AVCA executive director Sandra Vivas.

AVCA inductees are nominated under one of four categories: coach, administrator, player or organization. The organization, based in Colorado Springs, provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing the world's fastest growing sport - volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world.

Debbie Green
Green, a two-time U.S. Olympic Volleyball team member, is in her 19th year as an assistant coach for Long Beach State University volleyball. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995 and became the fifth woman inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Green became the first woman to enter the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame on April 30, 1998.

Green was a member of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball team that won the silver medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. She also participated in three World Championships and two Pan American games where she won a silver medal in 1983. Green played for the Los Angeles Starlites of Major League Volleyball (MLV), a women's professional indoor league, and helped the squad earn the league's first two championships in 1987 and 1988.

She has mentored six AVCA All-America setters, including Misty May in 1997 and 1998. May was selected as the AVCA Player of the Year both seasons and became the first student-athlete to win the honor back-to-back.

At Westminster High, Green was on the Adidas Junior Team and was named an All-American at age 16, becoming the youngest player to receive the honor.