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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2009) – Olympic gold medalist Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday (Sept. 25) in Provo, Utah.
The induction ceremony will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Cougar Room at LaVell Edwards Stadium and will be attended by many of Millar’s friends and family along with BYU officials.
“It will be fun. I’m looking forward to it,” Millar said. “It seemed like a good reason to get everyone together. We’re going to have a full house.”
Millar will be only the second men’s volleyball player inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. Ethan Watts, who was inducted in 1996, was the first. BYU women’s volleyball player Amy Steele Gant will also be inducted on Friday.
During Millar’s four-year (1996-99) career at BYU, the middle blocker was a four-time All-America selection and the 1999 Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year. In 1999, Millar led the team to a 30-1 record and its first NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship under then Head Coach Carl McGown.
Millar, 31, currently owns most of the BYU school records for side-out scoring statistics. He holds single match records for kills (48), kill attempts (95) and total blocks (18). Millar's single season records include kills (648), kill attempts, (1,259), block assists (192), block solos (22) and total blocks (214). His career marks include records for kills (1,797), kills per game (5.19), kill attempts (3,338), block assists (590), block solos (72), total blocks (662), blocks per game (1.91) and games played (346).
Millar was a three-time first-team All-MPSF selection as well as the 1997 MPSF Player of the Year. During his senior season in 1999, he led the country in hitting percentage (.498) and blocks per game (2.14). He is one of only five players to have ever received three first-team All-America citations.
“I was fortunate enough to be at BYU at a time with a great staff like Carl, Hugh McCutcheon, Troy Tanner and Rob Browning,” Millar said. “That coaching staff mixed with players like (U.S. Men’s National Team libero) Rich Lambourne and some other guys made it a pretty cool time. I learned a lot about volleyball and how to be a better player.
“That’s a crucial time in everyone’s life and it was a great place for me to go through it. I met my wife there.”
Millar joined the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1999 and has participated in three Olympic Games (2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing). As a member of the 2008 Olympic team, Millar earned his first Olympic gold medal when the USA defeated Brazil, 3-1. He also led the team to its first FIVB World League victory in 2008.
In 2007 Millar teamed up with Shawn Patchell to become co-interim head coaches for the BYU men’s volleyball program. During that year BYU went 23-6 and finished the season with a No. 4 final national ranking. He left the program in 2008 to focus on competing for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Millar spent the summer of 2009 away from the U.S. Men’s Team to focus on his Next Level Volleyball Camps program. However, he plans to return for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship on Oct. 12-17 in Puerto Rico.
“I’ve been training with the team for the past month. I’m looking forward to competing with the guys,” Millar said.
Following the NORCECA Championship, Millar will travel to Turkey, where he plays for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye’s professional men’s volleyball team along with U.S. teammate Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.).
Millar is married to Suzanne Millar. The couple has one son, Max Ryan Millar born in July 2006. Millar earned a bachelor's degree from BYU in sociology.