Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook has been selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame class of 2017, the AVCA announced on Monday. The induction ceremony will be held at the 2017 AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in December.
Cook will enter the hall with fellow coaches Debbie Brown, Cecile Reynaud and Roseanne Wegrich. Their selections will bring the total number of AVCA Hall of Fame members to 77. He will join former Husker volleyball national champion coach Terry Pettit, who was inducted in 2009.
Cook finished his 17th season as the Huskers' head coach in 2016 and led the Huskers to their 11th conference title in his tenure and seventh NCAA semifinals appearance. Cook has won three national titles at Nebraska (2000, 2006 and 2015) and has 660 career wins in 24 years as a head coach, including 499 at Nebraska. His winning percentage in his 17 years at Nebraska (.885) is the best in the nation in that time, and he has been honored as a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and received the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award in 2008. Last year, he was honored as the AVCA Region Coach of the Year for the fifth time as the Huskers reached the NCAA semifinals for a second straight season.
While leading the Huskers to a 31-3 overall record last season and the program's second Big Ten title, Cook was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, his sixth career conference coaching honor. Cook's student-athletes have combined for 49 AVCA All-America awards and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, and five of his former Huskers have competed in the Olympics. His accomplishments off the court have been just as impressive. Nebraska volleyball has sold out 219 consecutive regular-season matches dating back to Cook's second season in 2001, and the Huskers have led the nation in attendance all four years since moving to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013.
Wegrich To Be Inducted Into AVCA Hall Of Fame
Former University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Rosie Wegrich will be inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, announced by the AVCA. Wegrich will be honored in ceremonies at the 2017 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2017 AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wegrich was a captain at San Diego State University while also representing the country in international competition against Mexico and Canada. In six years playing in the International Volleyball Association, she took home the IVA's Most Valuable Female Player Award three times and was named to the All-Pro team on four occasions (1976-1979).
While she was establishing her own playing career, she also began what would later be a hall of fame coaching career. She started a four-decade coaching career in Minnesota as just the program's third ever coach. From 1975-76, Wegrich recorded 71 victories in just two seasons and finished her Gopher coaching career with a 71-30-1 record. From there, she went on to coach at Arizona for 15 years and 250 wins. She went on to coach at Cal Poly Pomona and has been there since 1992, where she has garnered over 400 wins. To date, Wegrich has amassed a 734-557-10 career coaching record.
Wegrich is the third coach with Gopher ties to be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame. She joins Mike Hebert (inducted in 2006) and Stephanie Schleuder (inducted in 2015).