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DR. HAROLD T. FRIERMOOD "FRIER" AWARD

Named in honor of Dr. Harold T. "Frier" Friermood, the second President of the USVBA (1952-1955) and one of the principal individuals responsible for volleyball in the Olympic Games.

HARRY E. WILSON COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Named in honor of Harry E. Wilson, the fifth president of the USVBA (1969-1971). The award originally recognized outstanding leadership in the development of volleyball by organizations and individuals throughout the United States.

HARRY E. WILSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

Named in honor of Harry E. Wilson, the fifth president of the USVBA (1969-1971), and the principal representative to the FIVB for many years. In 1990, the Community Service Award was broadened in scope and renamed the Distinguished Service Award to include persons and organizations throughout the world. This award currently recognizes persons who have made significant contributions to their national federation, as well as to the FIVB, and who have made an impact on the international game.

JAMES E. COLEMAN USA NATIONAL TEAM AWARD

Named in honor of Dr. James E. Coleman, who spent more than 40 years actively involved with USA Volleyball as a coach, mentor, statistical advisor and overall leader for the USA National Teams. It is awarded to those individuals who have shown an unusual length of service/involvement with a USA National Team program, unusual performance of excellence in relation to USA National Team programs, and uncompromising commitment (in the spirit of James E. Coleman) to the USA National Team programs.

KENNEDY/JOHNSON HERITAGE AWARD 

The Merton H. Kennedy - Elmer L. Johnson Heritage Award was established in 1997 to recognize individuals and organizations for their significant contribution to the planning, collection, storage, retrieving and management of volleyball archives.

GEORGE J. FISHER LEADER IN VOLLEYBALL AWARD

Named in honor of George J. Fisher, the first President of the USVBA (1928-1952), and a founding member of the United States Volleyball Association.

WILLIAM G. MORGAN FOUNDER'S AWARD

Named in honor of William G. Morgan, the recognized "inventor" of the sport of volleyball (nee Mintonette) in 1895 and awarded to those individuals who have served the U.S. Volleyball Association as President.

DR. NEVILLE A. "DOC" BOOTH COMMISSIONER'S AWARD

Named in honor of Dr. Neville A. "Doc" Booth, the first USVBA Commissioner of Regions and Commissioner of Region 1 (New England RVA).

KAREN M. JOHNSON HUMAN RESOURCES AWARD

Named in honor of Dr. Karen M. Johnson, past MRHRD Vice President, two-time Corporate Secretary, past Executive Director of the NAGWS, a Leader in Volleyball and "Frier" Award Winner, as well as long-time chair of the Structure and Function Committee. This award was introduced in 1994 to recognize individuals for outstanding work in the area of member relations and human resources.

JOSEPH B. SHARPLESS ARBITRATOR'S SERVICE AWARD

Named in honor of Joseph (Joe) B. Sharpless, Corporate Secretary, long-time Vice President and member of the Board of Directors who was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Event Arbitrator program and served as an Event Arbitrator. This award was introduced in 2006 to recognize individuals for outstanding work while serving as an Event Arbitrator.

REBECCA B. HOWARD STAR AWARDS

Initiated by the Diversity Commission to identify and recognize groups and individuals who demonstrate a successful commitment to diversity in volleyball.

WILBUR H. PECK REFEREE EMERITUS AWARD

Named in honor of Wilbur H. Peck, sixth President of the USVBA (1971-79), a former national Chairman of Referees, a 1974 recipient of this award, longtime Board of Directors member and 1999 inductee into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

GLEN G. DAVIES REFEREE SERVICE AWARD

Named in honor of Glen G. Davies, who at the time of this conferral by the Board of Directors, was the only FIVB international arbiter to have been selected to officiate as a referee in four consecutive Olympic Games (1968-1980) and twice as the first referee in a gold-medal match.

NANCY S. SHARPLESS SCOREKEEPER EMERITUS AWARD

Named in honor of Nancy S. Sharpless, the first person to become certified as an international scorekeeper in the FIVB/USVBA and who served as the chief scorekeeper in the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1984, and was named chief scorekeeper for the 1987 Pan American Games.

EDWARD P. LAUTEN SCOREKEEPER SERVICE AWARD

Named in honor of Edward P. Lauten, the recognized originator of the modern volleyball scorekeeping system in the United States.

GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD

SILVER WHISTLE AWARD

GOLD PEN AWARD SILVER PEN AWARD

JUNIOR OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL AWARDS

MEDAL OF HONOR (PLAYER) AWARD

The Medal of Honor Award is given to outstanding players whose playing careers were terminated by injury or death. Such players must have demonstrated top-level performance and given promise of being ALL-TIME GREAT VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS prior to the ultimate termination of their playing careers.

MEDALLION OF MERIT

The Medallion of Merit Award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the honor of the sport but whose contributions are not specifically covered by the criteria and provisions of other Corporation awards.

ALL-TIME GREAT VOLLEYBALL PLAYER AWARD

The All-Time Great Volleyball Player recognition awards are named after two Hall of Fame inductees. The women's award is named in honor of "Flo" Hyman. Hyman was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team, and the 1984 Olympic silver-medal winning U.S. team. The men's award is named in honor of Tom Haine, who was captain of the 1968 U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team and a perennial All-American/All-Tournament selection.

ALL-TIME GREAT COACH AWARD

PIONEER DIVISION

Named in honor of Bertha H. Lucas, player-participant in 60 consecutive USA Volleyball Open National Championships, coach of many years for USA Open National Championships women's national-caliber club teams from both the Great Lakes and Southern California RVAs, and a 1995 recipient of the award.

DONALD S. SHONDELL CONTEMPORARY DIVISION

Named in honor of Donald S. Shondell, seventh President of the USVBA (1979-80), a recipient of this award and a 1996 inductee into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

E. DOUGLAS BOYDEN MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARD

Named in honor of E. Douglas Boyden, the fourth President of USVBA (1959-1969). The award was created to recognize and thank media organizations and individuals who have supported volleyball on a continuing basis...and in so doing have significantly contributed to its growth.

VIGGO O. NELSON NATIONAL COMMUNICATION AWARDS

The Viggo O. Nelson National CommunicationAwards are named in honor of Viggo O. Nelson, the third President of USAVolleyball (1955-1959). The award recognizes organizations which have achieved excellence in volleyball publications, and to encourage others to develop quality publications.

ROBERT L. LINDSAY MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

Named in honor of Robert L. Lindsay, eighth President of the USVBA (1980-1984), "Frier" Award winner, Legend In Volleyball Award recipientand long-time Referee-Emeritus, who was instrumental in the success of the National Team-In-Residence Program, which set a new standard for all National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

2008 Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award

2009 Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award

Other Significant Non-USA Volleyball Awards

VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION