2011 Hall of Fame Inductee: Troy Tanner
Sept. 22, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 9, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tickets are still available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Heather Collart at 310-506-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Troy Tanner's turn:
A three-time All-American, multiple NCAA championships as a player and an assistant coach, an Olympic gold medalist as a player and the coach of a gold-medal winning team, an award-winning AVP career - there's little that hasn't been accomplished in the volleyball world by Troy Tanner.
Tanner came to Pepperdine from Los Altos (Calif.) High School and excelled for the Waves between 1983 and 1987 as an outside hitter and a setter. After a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in his freshman year of 1983, Tanner redshirted the 1984 season. He returned to the court the next season and helped the Waves to consecutive NCAA titles in 1985 and 1986, beating USC both years. During his four seasons, Pepperdine posted a record of 90-22 (.804) and won 20-plus matches each season.
Tanner was selected to the All-American second team as a freshman and made the first team as both a junior and a senior. He also made two appearances on the All-NCAA Tournament team and in 1986, he was the MVP of the NCAA West Regional. Over his final two seasons, Tanner averaged 4.07 kills, 1.72 digs and 1.14 blocks while notching a .342 hitting percentage.
His career with USA Volleyball began early, as he returned to Japan in 1985 as part of the United States' World University Games team, and also played for U.S. at the initial 1986 Goodwill Games held in Moscow.
Tanner continued his career with the U.S. National Team following his graduation from Pepperdine and was one of four Waves on the gold-medal winning squad at the 1988 Olympics, on a team coached by Marv Dunphy. In 1989, he was voted "Best Passer" at the World Cup.
In addition to spending time playing indoor volleyball professionally in Italy, Japan and Croatia, Tanner spent most of the 1990s on the beach as part of the AVP Tour. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1992 and in time he would also earn the league's Most Improved Player, Best Defensive Player and Ron Hagen Award.
While earning a master's degree in mass communications at Brigham Young, Tanner got his start in coaching as an assistant with the Cougars' men's squad. He was on the staff for six seasons (1997-2002), including BYU's 1999 and 2001 NCAA championship teams. In 2006, he was an assistant for the U.S. volleyball squad at the World Championships. He served as coach for the beach team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in 2007 and 2008 and helped the duo to their second straight gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. During his time with the duo, the team's international record was 76-1.
Tanner, who graduated from Pepperdine in 1992 with a degree in public relations and Japanese, now runs the Tstreet Volleyball Club in Irvine, Calif. He and his wife Desiree have three children, Carson, Riley and Bailey.