USA Volleyball

Jeff Hoppen
Nancy S. Sharpless Scorekeeper Emeritus

Jeff Hoppen’s first exposure to volleyball was in 1976 while living in Marlborough, Mass., as a way to meet women. In the end, he fell in love with volleyball.

After his first foray with volleyball at the Natick Armory, Jeff joined the Boston Ski and Sport Club to play volleyball. He would bounce around from different playing situations in Massachusetts and later North Carolina, meeting key leaders along the way.

Jeff began playing in USA Volleyball competitions around 1983, and that led to refereeing matches. However, he didn’t care for the referee stand and found his calling scoring when not playing. After attending a few scorekeeper clinics, one could find him keeping score more often at tournaments. In 1988, Jeff received his National Junior Scorekeeper patch and a year later received the National Scorekeeper patch. At that time the Carolina Region appointed Jeff its Scorekeeper chair, a position he held through 1999.

From that point, Jeff worked every USA Volleyball Open Championship and Junior Nationals from 1989 through 2010 except for 2006 when he had rotator surgery on both shoulders.

Further, he was the scorekeeper for the U.S. Women versus Japan 1990 series that went through Asheville, N.C. When the U.S. Men hosted Brazil in a tour stop in Winston-Salem, N.C., Jeff was at the scorer’s table. He was part of the 1996 Paralympic Games scorekeeping staff in Atlanta and worked the 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale.

Jeff has given back to the sport and helped train the next generation of scorekeepers. Since 1989, he has run over 200 scorekeeper clinics for the Carolina Region. He has been a scorekeeper for the North Carolina Special Olympics volleyball tournament. Jeff has worked for three NCAA Division I conference tournaments, as well as the scorekeeper for Wake Forest University volleyball from 1996 until 2013.

Jeff has served as a volunteer assistant coach at East Forsyth High School in North Carolina since 1985, as well as a YMCA coach since 2008. He served on the Winston-Salem Volleyball Board of Directors for 15 years.

Along the way, Jeff has received many accolades. In 1995, he was named Outstanding Scorekeeper. In 2007, USA Volleyball bestowed upon him its Edward P. Lauten Scorekeeper Award. Two years later, Jeff earned the Gold Pen award in Minneapolis.

Among Jeff’s proudest accomplishments is seeing the people he coached or taught to keep sore to grow up and come back into the volleyball ranks as players, coaches, officials and even just parents whose kids now play volleyball.

And tonight, we recognize Jeff Hoppen with two USA Volleyball awards – the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball and the Nancy S. Sharpless Scorekeeper Emeritus Award.