2018 All-Time Great Player (Beach)

Randy Stoklos – or Stokey to his adoring fans - started playing beach volleyball in 1974. He won his first trophy in 1976, single-handedly changed the dynamics of the sport with athleticism and force at the net. He made history by becoming the first player to earn over $1 million in his career and nearly doubled that by the time he retired.

Stoklos, who had 123 career titles, won five world championship beach events from 1987 to 1992. He earned four consecutive FIVB Tour Champion awards with Sinjin Smith from 1989 to 1992. Randy was chosen as part of the FIVB Team of the Decade for 1990-2000. Domestically, he was named most valuable player of the AVP three times and won the AVP Triple Crown in 1986. Stoklos won the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open four times.

Stoklos was immortalized with induction into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2008. His proudest moment was when he kneeled in front of then IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch during the 1993 Beach World Championship and asked him to include beach volleyball into the Olympic program. Samaranch told him he will make it happen. Three years later, beach volleyball debuted at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.