Remembering the 1977 National Championship and Coach Ernie Hix

    March 2, 2017

    The 2017 season marks the 40th anniversary of USC’s first NCAA title in men’s volleyball in 1977. That squad was honored at this year’s Feb. 4 home match against UC San Diego. In 1977 (the year that USC first awarded volleyball scholarships), head coach Ernie Hix’s Trojans went 18-1 with a team that featured future Olympians Celso Kalache (Brazil) and Dusty Dvorak (USA) and future USC head coach Bob Yoder. After beating Rutgers Newark in the NCAA semifinal, USC defeated Ohio State in 4 sets (15-11, 9-15, 15-10, 15-12) to win its first NCAA Championship. Kalache and Yoder were All-American first team picks, while Dvorak and Steve Obradovich were All-American second teamers. Kalache was the NCAA All-Tournament team MVP.

    Members of the 1977 team came together to commemorate the 1977 NCAA National Championship and remember the late Coach Ernie Hix.