Volleyball Hall of Fame, Induction Celebration
October 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) is proud to present its induction class of 2023, to be honored on October 21 in Holyoke. The class includes six members across four disciplines who were at the top of the game in their respective category, setting the standard and making history en route to being honored with this prestigious recognition.
The 37th IVHF Induction class includes the following members: Olympic gold medalist and four-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser (United States, beach male player); two-time Olympic medalist and five-time FIVB World Tour Champion Larissa França Maestrini (Brazil, beach female player); three-time Olympic medalist and iconic setter with a twenty year career Katsutoshi Nekoda (Japan, indoor male player); four-time Olympian and three time Olympic medalist Yumilka Ruiz (Cuba, indoor female player); Olympic medalist and longtime professional and National Team coach Silvano Prandi (Italy, coach); and longtime administrator within various national and international federations and the first member to represent Thailand in the IVHF, Shanrit Wongprasert (Thailand, leader).
Also announced are four special award winners, recognized for their contributions to the IVHF or the sport of volleyball itself. They include the AVP (Court of Honor), the Homewood Suites Holyoke / Susan Concepcion (William G. Morgan Award) and outgoing American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Executive Director Kathy DeBoer (Mintonette Award). Also honored earlier in 2023 was Hector “Picky” Soto (Puerto Rico) with the Mayoral Award of Excellence.
“Since 1985, the IVHF has had the distinct honor of inducting the legends of our sport while recognizing them for their storied careers and numerous accomplishments,” said IVHF President Steve Bishop, also the President of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. “This year we look forward to welcoming another amazing class of inductees, along with several very deserving special award winners. We cannot wait to create new memories with this 2023 class of award winners. So many of the world’s greatest volleyball athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and leaders have made the trip to Holyoke, MA, USA, the birthplace of volleyball, to have their names and plaques added to the Wall of Honor, and to experience the pinnacle moment as their name is called and their story is captured forever. We invite everyone to join us for this incredible celebration.”
All told, the IVHF has inducted 161 individuals from 25 countries into its historic Hall of Fame – those totals will rise to 167 inductees from 26 countries after the 2023 event. More detailed information on each inductee can be found below.
To be elected, a candidate must receive a combined total of 75% or higher from the International Selection Committee – comprised of all living Hall of Famers and the top 6 nominees from the Fan Vote.
The 2023 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and ticket packages are available online at www.ivhf.org.
Volleyball enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up for an IVHF membership which will provide behind-the-scenes and exclusive content before, during and after Induction Weekend. More information on the IVHF membership program can be found on the organization’s website.
2023 INTERNATIONAL VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION GALA DINNER & CEREMONY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2023 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: Wyckoff Country Club – 233 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
Did you know?
The ball from the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo is on display at the Hall as part of our @worldparavolley exhibit! Lots of history on display here!
The Hall of Fame Museum is open and celebrating 125 years. Volleyball has a storied history rooted in inspirational champions, impactful leaders, and great moments that have influenced history, on and off the court. The Museum at the International Volleyball Hall of Fame shares the narrative of volleyball history from its origins through present day
Hundreds of objects are displayed from the International Volleyball Hall of Fame’s collection. Completely redesigned and now showcasing more of the collection than ever before, the new Museum offers a comprehensive and intriguing narrative of volleyball history in an engaging manner.
We encourage you to purchase your tickets online prior to your visit. We look forward to having you as our guest. We miss you and are excited to welcome you back to our newly renovated museum.