Two former All-Americans and a coach who led NJIT to two conference titles will be enshrined among the other greats throughout the history of the EIVA.
The oldest East Coast conference in college men’s volleyball conference announced Tuesday that Dave DeNure, Max Jeanty and Kyle Robinson were selected to the EIVA Hall of Fame.
“These three individuals were not only outstanding players during their collegiate careers, each has made life-long contributions to the sport of volleyball,” EIVA President Ron Shayka said in a statement. “They continue to have a positive impact on young players as coaches and officials to this day.”
DeNure led NJIT to two EIVA Division III championships during his 10-year tenure as the school’s head coach. He also was a three-time All-EIVA selection as player for East Stroudsburg University and after graduating spent a year coaching the men’s volleyball team.
Jeanty was an All-American who helped lead Rutgers-Newark to the 1990 EIVA championship and the program’s final appearance in the Division I-II NCAA Tournament. The Haitian native proceeded to earn a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and still remains involved in the volleyball community as a referee in Florida.
Robinson earned All-American honors as a middle attacker and opposite at LIU Southampton. In addition, Robinson played for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2001-04 and was the top scorer in the Puerto Rican professional volleyball league in 2003.
This is the first time since the EIVA Hall of Fame started in 2012 that individuals from LIU Southampton and NJIT have been selected for induction.
It is also the second time that individuals from East Stroudsburg and Rutgers-Newark have made the Hall of Fame.
Of all four of these schools, NJIT remains the only active member in the EIVA.
“I am so proud of the continued leadership our EIVA displays in building, remembering and honoring those who came before us; truly pioneering the way to one of our country’s best national sports program,” Ivan Marquez, Executive Director of the EIVA, said in a statement. “Welcome to the EIVA Class of 2018 and a million thanks for your contributions to #AlwaysEIVA.”
The three-person class will be formally inducted into the hall of fame during the EIVA Tournament in April.