B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 22, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced that Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) has been named its 2008 Men's Indoor Player of the Year.
Priddy, 31 and an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Men’s National Team, helped the U.S. Men to one of their best season ever as they won gold medals at the Olympic Games, the FIVB World League and the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier.
The Olympic gold medal was the first for a U.S. Men’s Team since 1988. The World League victory was the first ever for the United States.
“The thing Reid brought to the team was consistency in lots of phases of the game,” said former U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand). “Reid is able to dominate matches in lots of different ways. He was contributing in so many different areas. He had a wonderful year for us.”
A 6-foot-5 outside hitter who was also a 2004 Olympian, Priddy completed the 2008 season tied with teammate Clay Stanley (Honolulu) as the team’s leading scorer with 356 points, an average of 3.71 points per set. Priddy led the U.S. team in total kills with 282 or 2.94 kills per set.
At the Olympic Games, Priddy was the United States’ second leading scorer and fourth overall with 112 points on 93 kills, 10 blocks and nine aces. His kill efficiency percentage of 30.1 put him 10th among all hitters. Priddy was fifth among servers with an average of 0.27 aces per set. He averaged 1.79 digs per set.
In the 2008 World League final round, Priddy tied for second overall in scoring with 63 points on 53 kills, six blocks and four aces. He was also the United States’ leading scorer in pool play with 101 points on 82 kills, 10 blocks and nine aces.
This winter, Priddy is playing for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the Russian Super League.