Five local men named to Midwest volleyball hall of fame

Arnie Ball
Lloy Ball
Tom Beerman
Mick Haley
Blake Sebring, News-Sentinel Sports Department

Five Fort Wayne-area men have been named among the second class for the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s Hall of Fame. Former IPFW coach Arnie Ball, IPFW and Olympic player Lloy Ball, former Ball State player and Snider High School coach Tom Beerman, Angola-native Mick Haley and News-Sentinel sports writer Blake Sebring will be inducted May 12 in St. Louis during the league’s annual coaches meeting.

Others who are being inducted this year include former Ball State player Terry Hitchcock, Ohio State player Bruce Nowicki, Earlham player Bob Stein, former United States Men’s National Team coach Bill Neville from George Williams College and former Ohio State and U.S. Women’s National Team coach Terry Liskevych.

During a 35-year career at IPFW, Arnie Ball compiled a 570-421 record and led the Volleydons to six NCAA Tournaments, highlighted by finishing second in 2007. He was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. The IPFW court was named for him in 2015. He also won 230 matches as coach of the IPFW women’s team.

The longest-tenured captain in United States national team history, Lloy Ball was part of the American men’s team from 1994 until 2008, becoming the first and only U.S. male to play in four Olympics in a team sport. Ball also won six international team titles while playing professionally in Japan, Greece, Italy and Russia. In 2008, he led the U.S. to Olympic and World League titles, and his pro club won the Russian Elite League title and the Champions League. He was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Arnie Ball once said that Beerman was the best volleyball player ever from Indiana, in part because he could play and dominate a match from any position. Beerman was the MIVA’s Player of the Year in 1963 and later played with the U.S. National Team in 1966, 1969 and 1970. In 1970 he was named a first-team U.S. Volleyball Association All-American. He was the only non-California player to be named that year and was the first in more than 20 years. As a coach, Beerman led Wayne High School to the state finals in 1974 and led Snider to state titles in 1987 and 1991. During seven seasons at Snider, his squads won six sectional titles, four regionals and two semistates. While at Wayne, Bishop Luers and Snider, his teams combined for a 313-28 record.

Haley coached the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1997-2000. After graduating as a two-time all-conference setter at Ball State, he coached the Kellogg Community College team to national titles in 1978 and 1979 and the men’s team to the MIVA title in 1979. Then he coached Texas to women’s national titles in 1981 and 1988 and three other NCAA Final Fours. He later coached USC to national titles in 2002 and 2003. His career coaching record is 1,305-339.

Sebring started covering IPFW’s volleyball programs in 1981, received the E. Douglas Boyden Award from USA Volleyball in 1994 and worked for Volleyball Magazine for 11 years.

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