ICC Volleyball Head Coach, Sue Sinclair Inducted into 16th Annual AVCA Hall of Fame
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce the 16th annual AVCA Hall of Fame class. Illinois Central College Women’s Volleyball Coach Sue Sinclair, along with, Jean Kesterson and Glen Lietzke, will all be honored in ceremonies at the 2018 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2018 AVCA Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.
As a college setter at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Sinclair racked up over 2,000 assists, so it should come as no surprise she became such a distributer of knowledge as a coach and administrator. She’s a two-time NJCAA Volleyball Coaches President, and a former board member at the AVCA and USA Volleyball.
Upon taking the head coaching job at the NJCAA Division II Illinois Central College, she has accumulated over 900 career victories and 18 appearances in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. In 2009, her Cougars took home the NJCAA Championship in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Sinclair has mentored dozens of student-athletes to NJCAA All-American accolades. She has created a culture of success that includes graduating her players to four-year institutions where they have gone on to continue their volleyball careers and education.
There’s been no shortage of personal awards herself. In 2009, she took home AVCA National Coach of the Year honors, while also being named the AVCA Midwest Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2009. In 2004, Sinclair was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“Sue has been a servant leader for the Two-Year College Volleyball Community. She is an advocate for our sport, a mentor, a consummate professional, and the type of coach I aspire to be,” said Central Community College Head Coach Mary Young.
The AVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport with the AVCA Hall of Fame. The first AVCA Hall of Fame class, a total of 23 individuals who had earned either the AVCA Founders Award or AVCA Excellence in Education Award, was honored at the 2003 AVCA Convention. These three will make a total of 80 members in the AVCA Hall of Fame. Longtime Florida State Head Coach Cecile Reynaud was named to enter the Hall of Fame in 2017, but will be formally inducted this year.