Sato Siblings Inducted into SMC Hall of Fame
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2011) – Three Sato volleyball siblings – Gary, Liane and Eric – were inducted into the Santa Monica College Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday (March 31).
Gary and Liane Sato attended a Hall of Fame luncheon in their honor and also answered question from students at Santa Monica College. Anna Collier, who has served as a beach volleyball coach for USA Volleyball and is Chair of the SMC Kinesiology & Athletics Department, served as the event moderator.
Gary Sato attended Santa Monica College after high school before attending UC Santa Barbara, and then again to pick up credits before going to Pepperdine. Liane Sato taught at Santa Monica College. All three siblings played volleyball at John Adams Middle School across the street from the college.
Gary Sato, who has coached for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team on and off for the past 20 years, including serving as the assistant coach for the 1988 Olympic gold medal team, is currently the assistant coach for the U.S. Men under Head Coach Alan Knipe.
Liane Sato, who was on the 1988 and 1992 Olympic women’s volleyball teams, and won a bronze medal in ’92, is a coach and physical education teacher at Santa Monica High School.
Eric Sato, a two-time Olympic medalist (gold '88, bronze '92) with the U.S. Men’s Team, has coached high school and club volleyball and recently established the Sato Volleyball Academy in San Diego, Calif.