Former UCR coach honored

Former UC Riverside Head Volleyball Coach Sue Gozansky, who retired last fall after nearly four decades as the face of Highlanders volleyball, was honored this week with the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award in the Donald S. Shondell Contemporary Division for 2009.

In the letter informing Gozansky of her selection, Cecile Reynaud, chair of the nominating committee, wrote:

 “Your coaching career has been nothing short of remarkable over the last 39 years . . . Your services as a long time FIVB instructor, your publications contributing to the knowledge of coaches at all levels, and your national championships at the University of California Riverside set you apart from many others in the coaching profession. Your qualities in leading young women and setting a great examples as a positive role model have truly been appreciated. You have dedicated a large part of your life giving back to our sport, and it has not gone unrecognized by your coaching peers or players.”

The award was presented at the USA Volleyball meetings in Minneapolis at the 64th Annual Boyce Awards Banquet.