Banachowski Inducted Into National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame

June 19, 2009

TROY, Mich. - UCLA women's volleyball head coach Andy Banachowski was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Thursday night in Troy, Mich.

The four inductees were Banachowski, the late Mark Fidrych (baseball), Bobby Czyz (boxing) and Joe Verdeur (swimming). Fidrych and Banachowski were elected from the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame national ballot, while Czyz and Verdeur were selected by the Hall's Veterans Committee. The election of the quartet brings the Hall of Fame roster to 116.

'It was an amazing experience going back to Detroit to be inducted into the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame,' Banachowski said. 'There is quite a lineage of Polish athletes and I am honored to be included among them.'

Banachowski begins his 43rd season as the head coach of the UCLA women's volleyball program in 2009 and is closing in on 1,100 career victories. Banachowski holds an overall record of 1,082-292 (.787 winning percentage). He has more victories than any other collegiate women's volleyball coach. Banachowski has guided the Bruins to 10-straight, 20-win seasons and six consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals.

Throughout his more than four decades at the helm of UCLA volleyball, he has won six National Championships (3 NCAA), coaching 40 AVCA All-Americans and over 20 U.S. National Team members.

Thursday's Hall of Fame honor was not the first for Banachowski, who became the first women's volleyball coach to be inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in October 1997. He has since become the first volleyball inductee into the Serra High School and San Mateo County Halls of Fame.

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