This is a really nice award for a great man in Penn State athletic history. As Coach Russ Rose notes in the article: “This is a great recognition for Tom’s contributions to volleyball and coaching in general. He is a great leader in both of those areas and this award is a reflection of the impact he has made within the game. We wouldn’t be where we are today without him.”
BREVARD (June 8, 2007). “Brevard College Professor Emeritus G. Thomas (Tom) Tait was recently was honored as an All-Time Great Coach in the Pioneer Division by USA Volleyball at the USAV Boyce Awards banquet in Austin on May 24. Tait was a member of Brevard College’s faculty from 1996 through 2006. During his tenure he served as the Otilly Welge Seese Distinguished Service Professor of Exercise Science and Coaching and was the chair of the Division of Exercise Science and Wilderness Leadership. Tait’s distinguished volleyball coaching career began long before his arrival in Brevard. He is recognized as the founding father of both the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. He guided the women’s squad from 1976-78 and compiled a 51-43-4 record before relinquishing those duties to focus on the men’s volleyball program. More from Brevard.edu.