The Union Recorder

Features

January 14, 2013

Influential coach's volleyball team elected to hall of fame

MILLEDGEVILLE — Former Georgia College professor and coach Geza Martiny's influence spans multiple sports. The Hungarian native's 1964 Holy Names University women's volleyball team was recently elected to the Oakland, Calif. school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

While teaching physical education, exercise science and biomechanics classes at the then College of the Holy Names, Martiny noticed a large group of skilled ladies in volleyball class. The sport was popular at many state Catholic high schools at the time.

“They were already high-skilled players,” Martiny remembers. “I said why don't we start a team.”

After only a few months of practice, the Holy Names squad dominated its first match over an Oakland rival.

Female athletes only option was intercollegiate invitational volleyball tournaments. The Holy Names team defeated all comers from the United States Volleyball Association Region 12, which included California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. 

Major programs at San Jose State and Stanford University couldn't compete.

“We never lost anything,” Martiny said. “We won all of the time.”

Since the team beat all of the university opponents, team members earned the right to represent Region 12 at the 1964 U.S. Olympic Tryout in New York City.

Holy Names organized a successful fundraiser that included some volleyball scrimmages against the Oakland Raiders professional football team to fund the 18-hour trip.

Martiny said the ladies performed well against more experienced adult women, just missing the semifinals. Two players were honorable mentions for the Olympic volleyball team.

“It was unusual that kids could compete against women,” the old coach said.

Martiny established a Canadian volleyball team after leaving Holy Names. He also served on the U.S. and Canadian Olympic committees.

The “Scientific Approach to International Volleyball” textbook was authored by the successful instructor and published by the Canadian Association.

Watching poor volleyball formation strategy spurred the book.

Text Only
Features
Poll
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India