Susan True Truly a USAV Legend with Frier Award

May 28, 2010, 2:55 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 27, 2010) – USA Volleyball proudly announced Susan True as its 2010 Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award recipient, the organization’s most prestigious honor, at the 65th Annual Dorothy Boyce Awards and Recognition Banquet Thursday night at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

“I am absolutely speechless,” said True after being presented the award. “It is a combination of who has won this honor before, all who are in the room tonight. They welcomed this gymnastics coach into their volleyball family. This is an awesome, humbling feeling that is difficult to explain.”

The banquet, presented by Molten and co-sponsored by Mizuno, is one of the signature events during USA Volleyball’s Annual Meetings taking place May 25-28 in the beautiful city of Phoenix.

The Dr. Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, named in honor of the organization’s second president (1952-55), capped off the evening of awards. The Frier Award is presented to an individual for long-time (minimum of 30 years), significant service to the sport of volleyball with at least 15 years of leadership positions at the national level.

True, as the assistant director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), developed a true passion for volleyball that led her on a path to serve on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors continuously from 1983 until 2000, and then again from 2004 to 2008. She served as the USAV Secretary on the Board of Directors from 1985 to 1992.

As Secretary, True supervised the Structure and Function Committee, and continued to serve on that committee until August 2008, completing a term of 23 years. In 1999, she was a recipient of the National Federation’s Citation for Service, and then in 2000 she was honored with the Federation’s Citation for Sport. Shortly after her retirement from the National Federation, Susan was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association’s Hall of Fame.

True served on many national-level committees for USA Volleyball. She chaired the Recognitions Committee from 1986 to 1992 and was the co-director of USAV’s National Convention format in 1975 and 1976, in conjunction with the Annual Meetings.

True served as vice president of the Member Relations and Human Resources Division from 1992 to 2000 before serving a second term as the Corporate Secretary (2004-2008). Her effectiveness with building bridges between Member Organizations, especially in blending variances, bonding commonalities and simplifying rules, has had a positive impact on the growth of our sport across the United States.

USA Volleyball hosted the 1996 FIVB World Congress in Atlanta, and True was invited to serve as Director for Special Events for Delegates, and was lauded by then-FIVB President Ruben Acosta and then USAV Executive Director Kerry Klostermann for her contributions.

Perhaps True’s greatest single contribution was to assuage the tenuous relationship between USA Volleyball and the (NFHS) in the mid-1980s, especially in the area of the playing rules for volleyball. She established an open door policy, which built a better mutual understanding with players and officials being the primary beneficiaries.

True has previously earned USA Volleyball honors such as the Karen M. Johnson Human Resources Award in 1994, the George J. Fisher Leader-In-Volleyball Award in 1998 and the Becky Howard STARS Diversity Award in 2001.

The Boyce Banquet also presented 12 other award to 11 individuals. Fanny Hopeau was honored with the USA Volleyball Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player award, while the USA Volleyball Thomas Haine All-Time Great Players recognized Kirk Kilgour, Danny Patterson and Rod Wilde. Hyman was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team, while Haine was captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team and perennial All-American/All-Tournament selection at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships. To be selected for either award, individuals must have been a dominant player in his/her era as a multiple selection first-team All-American or member of the U.S. National Team for a number of years.

Bob Ctvrtlik received both the Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service Award and the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award. The Distinguished Service Award, awarded for significant contributions to USA Volleyball and impact internationally within the sport of volleyball, is named in honor Wilson, the USAV’s president (1969-71). The Leader in Volleyball Award, awarded for significant volleyball achievements over a minimum of 20 years, is named in honor Fisher, who was the organization’s first president (1928-52).

Alice Englert, Rudy Suwara and Jane Ward were honored with the James E. Coleman USA National Team Award. The award recognizes individuals for unusual length of service/involvement with USA National Team programs, demonstrated unusual performance of excellence and uncompromising commitment to the USA National Team programs. The award is named after Jim Coleman, who was with the USA National Teams program as a coach, mentor, statistical advisor and recognized leader in volleyball by the FIVB.

The Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus Award was bestowed upon Jim Stewart. The award, named in honor of USAV’s sixth president (1971-79), recognizes individuals for long-term significant contributions to the USA Volleyball referee program.

The Nancy S. Sharpless Scorekeeper Emeritus Award was presented to Pat Demers. The award, named in honor of the first person to be certified as an international scorekeeper in the FIVB/USA and chief scorekeeper at the 1984 Olympic Games, recognizes individuals who have retired from scorekeeping on the national level and made significant contributions to the USA Volleyball scorekeeping program locally and nationally.

Rod Schall was presented the USA Volleyball Medallion of Merit. The award is presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the sport but whose contributions are not specifically covered by the criteria and provisions of other USA Volleyball corporate awards.

The Boyce Banquet included an Arizona Region Salute recognizing individuals who have made a positive difference in the sport from the Annual Meeting host region. For the full list of Arizona Region Salute recipients, see below.

In addition to the corporate awards presented at the Boyce Banquet, USA Volleyball recognized Penn State University, Concordia-St. Paul and Fresno Pacific University as its Boyce Moment. The three schools achieved the rare three-peat collegiate volleyball championship with the third title occurring last December. Only one time before last December had a school won three consecutive collegiate national championships in NCAA Division I, II or NAIA.

A pre-banquet social and USA Volleyball Foundation Silent Auction was held immediately prior to the Boyce Banquet. The silent auction included autographed memorabilia by U.S. National Team players/staff, USA Volleyball apparel and other items of local interest.

Prior to the silent auction reception and Boyce Banquet, the USA Volleyball Congress was held as a vehicle for USA Volleyball to engage its member organizations, with the objective of partnering more effectively in the development and growth of the sport at all levels across all disciplines. This year’s Congress used the theme “Volleyball: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” to signify the vast breadth the sport offers for its participants. USAV Congress speakers included USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal presenting USA Volleyball Update, State of the Game, and Pillars of Excellence. Other presentations were made by Bill Hamiter, John Kessel, John Knetzger and Eric Hodgson speaking on Disabled Volleyball; Ali Lamberson, Steve Lindecke and Dave Williams and speaking on Beach/Sand Volleyball; and Kessel and Gary Colberg speaking on volleyball as a lifetime sport. Click on the specific name above for the PDF version of the PowerPoint presented during the USAV Congress.

The Annual Meetings continue through May 28 with the USA Volleyball Board of Directors highlighting the day’s event.

Boyce Banquet Award Presentations
Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award – Susan True All-Time Great Players – Fanny Hopeau, Kirk Kilgour, Danny Patterson, Rod Wilde Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service Award – Robert Ctvrtlik George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball – Robert Ctvrtlik James E. Coleman USA National Team Award – Alice Englert, Rudy Suwara, Jane Ward Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus – James A. Stewart Nancy S. Sharpless Emeritus Scorekeeper – Patricia Demers USA Volleyball Medallion of Merit – Rod Schall Arizona Salute: Melinda Almazan and Barb Bell; Deanna and Richard Anglin; Norma Bellamy; Eric Boyles; Mike Bruning; Mary Callentine; Steve Carlat; Doug Clark; Harold Cranswick; Steve Crook; Kim Glass; Joe Getzin; Jerry Heikekia; Tyler Hildebrand; Eric Hodgson; Jeri Howe; Becky Hudson; Don Hudson; Bernard Ing/Joaquin Soares/Tom Person; Caren Kemner; Doug Kiefer; Shayne Lehman; Fred Mann; Katy Meyer; Peter Meyer; Debbie Moore; Corey Morishita; Lucinda Nash; Jonathan Norris; Reid Priddy; Cheri Roberds; David Rubio; Leanne Schuster-McSorley; Kelly Silva; Jenn Snyder; Regina Stahl-Mannix; Patti Snyder-Park; Lisa Stuck; Kim Ulrich-Suss; Eric Vincent; Tammy Webb; Lora Webster; Rosie Wegrich; Rod Wilde; Bob Wycoff.
Boyce Moment - Honoring the Historic Collegiate 3-Peat Champions of 2009 (Penn State, Concordia-St. Paul, Fresno Pacific)

Other USA Volleyball Awards Not Presented at Boyce Banquet
All-Time Great Coaches: Jim McLaughlin, Mary Jo Peppler
President Emeritus: Al Monaco
Vice-President Emeritus: Joseph Sharpless
Merton H. Kennedy/Elmer L. Johnson Heritage Award: Joseph Sharpless
Jonathan Reeser Sports Science Award: Emery Hill
Dr. Neville A. “Doc” Booth Commissioner’s Award: Harold Cranswick
Glen G. Davies Referee Service Award: To be announced
Gold Whistle: To be announced Friday
Silver Whistle: To be announced Friday
Gold Pen: To be announced Friday
Silver Pen: To be announced Friday
Joseph B. Sharpless Arbitrator Award: To be announced Friday
Viggo O. Nelson National Communications Award (Best Region Website): Iowa Region
E. Douglas Boyden National Media Recognition Award: Kevin Barnett
Junior Olympic Outstanding Program Director: Joe and Joanie Williams
Junior Olympic Outstanding Male Coach: James Lee Lamb
Junior Olympic Outstanding Female Coach: Kristin Giersch
Junior Olympic Outstanding Parent Service Award: Matt Heimrich
Junior Olympic Outstanding Service Award: Steve Covert
Junior Olympic Outstanding Clinician: Blaine Tendler