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Volleyball Legend Gene Selznick


Today, we celebrate the life of volleyball legend Eugene Selznick, who passed away at the age of 82. A Hall of Fame Player and Coach, Selznick was captain of the United States men’s national volleyball team for 17 consecutive years (1953–67), winning the 1960 and 1966 Volleyball World Championships. He also was an early supporter of California beach volleyball, and was designated the “First King of Beach Volleyball.”

Volleyball Hall of Fame

Beach Volleyball Database

Sports Illustrated

 The sport and USAV (or perhaps more appropriately at this time, USVBA) has lost a true icon!!!  Gene Selznick passed away yesterday of complications from pneumonia.  I can’t possibly recount his story or impact on our sport adequately, and will simply refer you to our web site and the attached story.  I suspect you will hear much more in the days ahead.  It is hard to overstate his impact and influence on the sport (both beach and hard court).  For many he was larger than life; his personality, his opinions, his playing ability, his passion and his remarkable talent—all contributed to his impact and his legacy.   He was a Hall of Famer, an All-Time Great and a large part of the fabric of what makes our sport so special.  The most sincere condolences from all of us at USAV go out to his family and many friends. ~ Doug Beal


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