Kevin Twohig - 2013 Harold T. Friermood "Frier" Award
Kevin Twohig was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in 1949, he is the oldest of five children.
In Phoenix, he graduated from Brophy College Prep high school and then attended Phoenix Community College for one year before transferring to Gonzaga University where he received his degree in business.
It was at Phoenix Community College that Kevin first developed his love for volleyball. His time playing on the school’s men’s team was cut short due to injury, but he’s never lost his love for the game.
When he moved to Spokane, Wash., to attend Gonzaga University, he found volleyball was almost non-existent. His determination to continue with volleyball led him to co-found the men’s program in Spokane. He was also co-founder of the annual Food Bank Volleyball tournament. This one-day Coed Grass Tournament was held annually from 1980 to 1990. The first year 24 teams participated. Each year the event grew until the 10th and final year when 150 teams on 40 outdoor courts participated. Over the 10 years, this event raised over $100,000 for the Spokane Food Bank.
At Gonzaga, Kevin met his wife of 42 years, Barbara. Barb is a coach, official and clinician. They have two sons, Eamon and Kyle, both volleyball players, and now two grandchildren. The Twohig family is truly a volleyball family.
Kevin began USAV participation in 1979 when he played on a men’s club team in Washington. He quickly became involved in all areas of the sport. And shortly afterwards Kevin became a regional board member and chair. He became a regional referee in 1983 and was appointed to the Evergreen Region Board of Directors in 1985. In 1989, he and Barb founded the first junior boys’ program in Eastern Washington. The 1989 Washington State Centennial Games was the first competition for the newly formed Spokane Volleyball Club.
Kevin capped his regional participation when he was elected as the Evergreen Region Commissioner from 1991-1996. Twohig served on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors as a Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) representative from 1994-1996.
He moved onto the USA Volleyball Executive Committee in 1996 and served as the executive vice president for two quadrennials from 2001 to 2008. As part of his role as executive vice president, Kevin chaired the corporation’s Ethics and Eligibility Committee, chaired the executive council and oversaw the conduct of the Arbitrator/Evaluator program in which he helped create. He also supervised the conduct of all national qualifying events and the Championship Events Commission.
Following the re-organization of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, Kevin assumed the position of at-large director in 2008 and briefly was the interim chair of the board. After serving USAV in many positions, Kevin currently serves on the USAV Board of Directors as treasurer, the position he first held in 1996. He has just recently returned to the Evergreen Region Board as assistant commissioner.
Work and volleyball overlap on a regular basis. While Kevin was Evergreen Region Commissioner and Director of the Spokane Coliseum, Kevin encouraged and promoted the USA National teams to make several visits to Spokane including a USA vs Brazil exhibition match in the Spokane Coliseum in 1989. In 1991 the USA Womens team with coach Terry Lischevych trained in Spokane for a week and played a match in the Spokane Coliseum. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams played in the Spokane Arena during its grand opening month in 1995.
Kevin was also instrumental in establishing the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, which was awarded to the Evergreen Region in 1997 and continues today to be a premier event in the northwest and played in the Convention Center.
Professionally, Twohig has worked in the business of operating public assembly facilities for 40 years, and is currently the executive director of the Spokane Public Facilities District which includes the Spokane Arena, Convention Center, and Performing Arts center. The Spokane Arena, a financially and programatically successful 12,000-seat sports and entertainment facility in Spokane, Wash., was the site of the 1997 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, which sold-out and set an attendance record. The Spokane Arena has also promoted several successful USA Volleyball National Team events in the arena, including the 2000 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team versus Poland in the 2000 FIVB World League and Serbia & Montenegro in the 2006 FIVB World League.
Kevin received the USAV Leader in Volleyball award in May 2003 and has received numerous professional awards. He was honored with the 2006 International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees Award, the Spokane Convention and Visitors Inland NW Tourism Award and in 2011 he received the prestigious McElravy Award from the International Association of Venue Management for extraordinary contributions to the profession of public assembly management (see photo 19).
For his extensive leadership and commitment to growing the sport of volleyball at all levels, it is USA Volleyball’s great pleasure to honor Kevin Twohig with its highest honor, the Dr. Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award.