"Tribute To Ernie Hix" Set For Saturday

    Ernie Hix (center) with Tim Hovland, Dusty Dvorak, Celso Kalache and Bob Yoder

    Jan. 7, 2014

    A "Tribute to Ernie Hix," who guided the USC men's volleyball team to its first 2 NCAA titles as its head coach, will be held as part of the program's pre-season banquet this Saturday (Jan. 11) in the Galen Center Founder's Room.

    A reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and program. The tribute is open to the public. Cost is $50 per person, payable at the door. Please RSVP in advance to bob.yoder@sheahomes.com .

    More than 200 former players, coaches and fans are expected to join Hix at the event. There will be remarks from Hix's former players, as well as video tributes from opposing coaches and a special video featuring highlights and photos of Hix's teams. The 2014 USC team, currently ranked fifth nationally, will be introduced.

    Hix is regarded as "The Father of USC Men's Volleyball." During his 8-year (1974-81) tenure at USC, he not only won NCAA championships in 1977 and 1980 and finished as runner-up in 1979 and 1981, but he laid the foundation and fostered the development of the nascent Trojan program. Among the All-American players he coached were Tim Hovland, Dusty Dvorak, Steve Timmons, Celso Kalache, Bob Yoder, Pat Powers and Bill Stetson (Dvorak, Timmons, Kalache and Powers were Olympians).

    In its history since first fielding a team in 1970, the USC men's volleyball program has won 4 NCAA crowns, appeared in 14 NCAA Final Fours and produced 32 All-American first teamers (including 7 College Players of the Year) and 18 Olympians.

    The 2014 Trojans (1-0) open their home season on Friday (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center against UC San Diego.