The Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts, inducted Lloy Ball, the only U.S. Indoor Men’s National Team player to have competed in four Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008), on October 24.
Ball played collegiately at IPFW where he was coached by his father Arnie Ball, a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, before beginning a long and successful professional career, the highlight of which is the gold medal won by the U.S. men in Beijing. Lloy Ball retired in 2011.
At the Hall of Fame ceremony, Arnie Ball introduced his son, and Lloy Ball repeatedly thanked his father for being a role model, coach, and hero in his life. Lloy Ball also celebrated the volleyball communities, past teammates, and coaches.
The world of volleyball is a small, but loved, community, he said in his acceptance speech. We all have something very special together and that’s the passion for the sport.
Brazilian indoor players Renan Dal Zotto and Helia Rogerio De Souza and Brazilian coach Paulo Roberto Bebeto de Freitas joined Ball to round out the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.