2019 Meritorious Service Award Winners

2019 Meritorious Service Award Winners

Each year, USA Volleyball presents Meritorious Service Awards to individuals and/or groups that provide outstanding contributions to the sport of volleyball across the country. Each Region is allowed to nominate and select up to five individuals or groups for this recognition each year. The Carolina Region is pleased to announce the following individuals as recipients of 2019 Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Awards. All award recipients will be recognized in the online  2020 USA Volleyball Guidebook. A listing of all previous winners of Carolina Region Meritorious Service Awards can be found here.


Dan Colleran

Dan Colleran – Dan began his affiliation with the Carolina Region as the father of kids playing in the Region.  This sparked an interest in helping the sport grow in North Carolina.  In 2011, the Region had an opening on the Board at the Treasurer position and Dan volunteered to fill it.  He served as Treasurer for the next two terms, and then he ran and was elected as Secretary in 2018.  He served as Secretary until 2019 when a job relocation out of state required him to step down.  During his time on the board, the Region saw membership growth of over 3% annually.

Gary Foster

Gary Foster – Gary has been an official with the Carolina Region for over 15 years.  He works most every weekend during the season.  Just two seasons ago, he worked more tournaments than any other Carolina Region official.  He has been slowed by injuries recently and is recovering, but still willing to serve the sport.

Carla Hoover

Carla Hoover – Carla served as Director at the Greensboro SportsPlex for multiple years.  The Greensboro SportsPlex has been a huge supporter of Carolina Region volleyball for many years.  They always run multiple tournaments on most every weekend for the Region.  Carla has moved on to a new position with the City of Greensboro.  We appreciate all she has done to provide a place to play for North Carolina volleyball players.

The Carolina Region would like to thank each of these individuals for their continued support of volleyball in North Carolina! Without people like these, the Carolina Region would not be where it is today. If you have a chance to meet these honorees or any previous year’s winners, please thank them for their many contributions!

If you would like to nominate someone for a 2020 Meritorious Service Award, please contact the Region Office. Any person or group that works to promote volleyball in North Carolina in some way is eligible.