HOLYOKE, Mass. — Oregon State assistant coach and three-time Olympian Ron Zwerver is among five volleyball legends among the International Volleyball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. The induction ceremony is set for Nov. 18 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Zwerver, who is considered one of the best volleyball players in Dutch history, was a gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. He had previously earned a silver medal with The Netherlands at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Zwerver made his Olympic debut at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, helping The Netherlands to a fifth-place finish. After playing in 463 matches for the Dutch National Team, as well as six seasons in Italy and one in Belgium, he retired in 1999. He was named the Best Attacker in two World Championships — 1990 and 1994 — as well as the World League in 1990 and 1991. Zwerver was also named the Best Server at the Olympics in 1992, the World League in 1991, and the European Championships in 1993. He was selected as the MVP of the 1992 Olympic Games.
The rest of Zwerver's induction class, the 32nd in the history of the hall, consists of male beach player Jose Loiola of Brazil, female indoor volleyball player Irina Kirillova Parkhomchuk of Russia, coach Anders Kristiansson of Sweden and leader Jizhong Wei of China.
"The 2017 Volleyball Hall of Fame class represents five remarkable individuals who were among volleyball's elite over a long period of time on the international stage," said Doug Beal, co-chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee. "This induction class represents and upholds the highest qualities of the game through its athletes, coaches, and leaders and what the future generations of greats can look upon as true icons of the sport."
The induction class is elected by a vote of past International Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. All told, 135 individuals representing 23 different countries will have been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year's enshrinement ceremony.
"The class of 2017 honors a diverse group of international volleyball legends that include both indoor and beach disciplines, a coach, and a leader," said George Mulry, executive director of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. "These remarkable individuals have brought distinction to the sport over a number of years and we are humbled to honor them here in the birthplace of volleyball."
"This 2017 class of inductees to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame has a perfect balance between indoor and beach, a remarkable coach, and longtime leader of FIVB," said Al Monaco, co-chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee. "All have had lengthy careers with great successes, and each put a special and personal stamp on our sport. A very deserving class in every way."
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, continues to create a diversely representative institution with inductees of both genders and disciplines — indoor and beach volleyball — coming from a wide range of countries.