Jeff Stork to be Inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame on Saturday
Oct. 17, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Famer and men's volleyball great Jeff Stork will etch his name just a little bit deeper into history and will be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame this Saturday, Oct. 20, in Holyoke, Mass.
Stork is part of the Volleyball Hall of Fame's 27th induction class that includes Mike Dodd (USA), Peter Blange (Netherlands), Lyudmila Buldakova (Russia), Mauricio Lima (Brazil) and Georgy Mondzolevski (Russia).
Stork not only had a phenomenal collegiate career, but went on to do great things for Team USA. As a Wave from 1982-84, Stork picked up first team All-American honors three times and led the team to a pair of NCAA championship runner-up finishes. During the 1984 season, Stork finished second on the team in kills (294) and led the squad in hitting percentage (.363), digs (104) and service aces (17).
Stork would go on to a hugely successful volleyball career. He was a member of the U.S. National Team for 10 years (1985-92 and 1995-96). He played in three Olympics, winning gold in Seoul in 1988 and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992. He was the starting setter on the 1988 squad that was coached by Pepperdine's Marv Dunphy.
"I'm proud of Jeff and what he has done with his career. He made the very most of his time at Pepperdine, and has gone on to do tremendous things both as a player and as a coach," said Dunphy.
In 1985 Stork won a gold medal at the NORCECA Championships and the World Cup, as well as a silver medal in the Savvin Cup. Stork won a gold medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the Goodwill Games in 1986, and in 1987 he won golds at both the Savvin Cup and the Pan-American Games, as well as a silver at the NORCECA Championships. The same year he was also the co-winner of the Players Award.
Pepperdine is well represented in the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Dunphy was the first to be recognized by the Volleyball Hall of Fame, and was inducted in 1994 achievements from the sidelines. Craig Buck, who led the U.S. to Olympic gold in both 1984 and 1988, was inducted in 1998, followed by Bob Ctvrtlik in 2007.
The 1988 Olympic championship team, which included Stork, Buck, Ctvrtlik and Dunphy, as well as Troy Tanner, was placed in the Volleyball Hall of Honor in 1999.
Longtime assistant and head coach to the Pepperdine program, Kirk Kilgour was posthumously honored with the Mintonette Medallion of Merit in 2002. Founded in 1996, the Mintonette Medallion of Merit is awarded in recognition of significant individual achievement. Mintonette was the original name of volleyball.
In 1990, Stork captured an indoor title in 1990 with Maxicono while playing professionally in Italy, and was named the Italian League MVP with Mediolanum Gonzaga in 1993. He was a silver-medal winner at the NORCECA Championships in 1991, and won the bronze in the World League in 1992. He also tried his hand at beach volleyball, and was twice named the MVP in the Bud Light 4-Man League, once in 1991 and again in 1994.
In 1998, Stork returned to Malibu to serve as an assistant coach. When Dunphy took time off to become an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Stork was appointed interim head coach for the 2000 season. Under his direction, the Waves went 22-6, placed first in the MPSF's Mountain Division and advanced to the NCAA Championships. He returned to his position as assistant coach in 2001.
Stork left Pepperdine to become the head women's volleyball coach at Cal State Northridge in 2002. He was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Matadors to a 16-13 overall record (9-7 Big West) and a third-place conference finish, the best by a Northridge team since 2003.
He was honored as part of the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary All-Era team.
Stork lives in Topanga, Calif., with wife Sabine and children Matthew, Daniel and Nicoletta.