The outside attacker who led Penn State to become the first non-West Coast team to win a national championship in NCAA men’s volleyball history and former two head coaches will be inducted into the EIVA Hall of Fame.
The EIVA announced Thursday that Ivan Contreras, Glen Nelson and Wayne Stalick will be the second class inducted into the conference’s hall of fame.
Contreras earned multiple All-American honors and was named the 1994 National Player of the Year as a senior. The outside attacker also helped Penn State upset UCLA in the 1944 NCAA championship match for the Nittany Lions’ first national title in program history.
Nelson was 504-221 from 1979 to 2009 as Princeton’s head coach and guided the Tigers to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. In addition, Stalick founded the George Mason program and led the Patriots to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances during his head coaching tenure.
“Glenn Nelson of Princeton and Wayne Stalick of George Mason built cornerstone programs of the ECVL/EIVA,” EIVA president Ron Shayka said in a statement. “Both coaches led highly competitive programs for many years and their teams made four NCAA Championship appearances. A former Penn State All-American, Ivan Contreras made his presence known for four years on the national stage, coming away with a national championship and Player of the Year honors. These three individuals truly represent the impact that the East has had on the sport of volleyball across the country.”
The three individuals will be formally inducted into the EIVA Hall of Fame during the conference tournament in April.