Happy New Year
Teee Williams-Slacanin, the AVCA Player of the Year in 1987 and (co) 89, as well as Dave Shoji’s former assistant Charlie Brande are among the 15 who will be inducted into the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame in May.
Williams was a three-time All-American (likely would have been four if the NCAA didn’t have that ridiculous prop 48 in place that cost her a year). She helped Hawaii to the 1987 NCAA title and 1988 runner-up finish. She also went on to play in two Olympics.
Brande is being inducted in the Lifetime Service category. After coaching the Rainbow Wahine he went on to coach at UC Irvine and was a successful club coach in Orange County.
Ceremony is Sunday, May 3, in Anaheim. I went last year. It was a lot of fun with the Who’s Who of the sport.
Others inducted will be Terry Condon, Ernie His, Troy Tanner, Dixie Grimmett, Alan KNipe, Manny Saenz, Jane Ward, Jack Benn, Duncan McFarland and Gary Sato. Also in the lifetime service category is Sue Gozansky.