Born: July 8, 1960 in Longview, Washington (United States)
Country: United States
Category: Male Indoor Player
A native of Topanga, Calif., Jeff Stork began his collegiate studies at Pierce College in 1981, although he did not play volleyball until he transferred to Pepperdine University where he spent the next three years under coach Marv Dunphy.
During his time at Pepperdine, Stork earned All-American honors all three seasons. Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA title match in 1983 and 1984, finishing second both times to UCLA. Stork garnered All-NCAA Tournament Team honors in both seasons.
Stork embarked on a 10-year tour of duty (1985-92 and 1995-96) as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team. He would ultimately become a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams (1988, 1992 and 1996) and was the starting setter on the 1988 team coached by Dunphy that won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. He is regarded as one of the game's all-time best setters and gained an international reputation for his calm demeanor under pressure.
Stork is a highly decorated volleyball player and picked up many accolades and medals throughout his career, including being named the co-winner (with Doug Partie) of the 1987 USA Volleyball Players Award. He played a key role in helping the U.S. win the Triple Crown of volleyball with gold at the 1985 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, the 1986 FIVB Volleyball World Championship and the 1988 Olympic Games. In addition Stork also struck gold at the 1985 NORCECA Championships, the 1987 Savvin Cup in the USSR and the 1987 Pan American Games. He has also won three silver medals (1985 Savvin Cup, 1987 NORCECA Championship and the 1991 NORCECA Championship) in his career and two bronze medals (1992 Olympic Games and in the 1992 FIVB World League). Stork was named to the USA Volleyball Men's (1978-2002) 75th Anniversary All-Era Team.
In addition to his substantial experience with the U.S. National Team, Stork played professionally for a number of years in Italy. He was named the Italian League MVP in 1993 while setting for Mediolanum Gonzaga. His Maxicono team captured the 1990 Italian League title.
Stork also competed successfully on the beach during the early 1990s, playing in the Bud Light 4-Man Beach Volleyball League's inaugural season (1991) while leading his Club Sportswear team to a league championship. He was a two-time MVP of the Bud Light 4-Man League (1991 and 1994).
For his leadership and hand in helping the U.S. win the Triple Crown of volleyball, we welcome Jeff Stork as a 2012 Inductee to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.