Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service Award
Kerry Klostermann, born Aug. 19, 1947, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, traveled the country and world as a youngster courtesy of his father's naval career. As an adult, Klostermann has continued the globetrotting ways through his time with USA Volleyball.
Klostermann's childhood had bearings on both coasts, as well as an island in the Pacific with stops in Portsmouth, Va., Oakland, Calif., and Guam. His family settled in the San Diego, Calif., area in the mid-1950s.
As a star basketball player at El Capitan High School, Klostermann earned four varsity letters and was named second-team all-conference. However, he also played on the varsity golf and tennis teams during his prep career.
Entering the University of California at San Diego, Klostermann continued playing basketball for three years at the collegiate level. During the summer of 1968, a life-changing event occurred. Sitting on the sand of La Jolla Shores, he witnessed for the first time high-caliber volleyball -- a doubles beach game being contested by triple-A players -- and became mesmerized by the athleticism, agility and power of the game of volleyball.
Klostermann exchanged his love for basketball with volleyball. He played two years on the UCSD varsity team leading the Tritons to third place at the 1969 NAIA National Championship, followed by the gold medal at the 1970 NAIA National Championship. In just his second year in the sport, he was named the most valuable player of the 1970 NAIA Tournament and was eventually inducted in the UCSD Hall of Fame in 1985.
Pursuing graduate work at the University of Western Ontario, where he subsequently earned his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology, Klostermann was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1974 through 1976 and competed in the Montreal Olympic Games.
During his tenure in Canada, Klostermann was an assistant coach for the Junior Men's Team at the FIVB World Championship in Brazil and coached the Canadian Women's National Team at the Toronto Training Center.
Meeting Doug Beal at a coaching seminar at York University in Toronto in 1977, Klostermann accepted an offer to become Beal's assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team program and relocated to Dayton, Ohio, in early 1978. During his tenure with the men's team, he had the privilege to travel to Beijing, China, in one of the earliest sport exchanges between the two countries after President Nixon normalized relations. Klostermann was also was the head coach of the 1979 U.S. Men's World University Games team.
Over the next 28 years, Klostermann has served as the national team program director for the team center in San Diego from 1981 through 1988, a senior director in the Colorado Springs office from 1989 through 1996, executive director of USA Volleyball from 1997 to 2002 and is currently serving in the capacity of secretary general.
During his time with USA Volleyball, Klostermann has represented the Association at five FIVB World Congresses, was the point person for producing the 1996 World Congress in Atlanta, served as the team leader for the 1996 USA Olympic beach volleyball teams, and represented the United States as a member of the FIVB's World League and World Beach Councils.
Klostermann was presented the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball award in 2005, followed by the Rebecca Howard Star Award in 2007.
Klostermann married his wife, Joyce, in San Diego in 1982 and they are the proud parents of three grown sons: Andrew, David and Erik. Klostermann started a boys' Junior Olympic Volleyball team in his hometown of Monument, Colo., so that his sons could experience the value of the sport ... and all three had the opportunity to play at the USA Junior Olympic Boy's Volleyball Championships.
Kerry Klostermann; Olympic player, coach, mentor to all: the consummate elder in USA Volleyball today and for the ages.