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EIVA Hall of Fame Inductee: Ivan Marquez

EIVA Hall of Fame Inductee: Ivan Marquez

EIVA Hall of Fame Inductee: Ivan Marquez

 

In the weeks leading up to the EIVA Championship match, EIVAvolleyball.com will feature each of the six inductees into the league’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class. The EIVA is in its 40th year as the leading men’s volleyball conference in the east after being founded as the Eastern Collegiate Volleyball League (ECVL) in 1971 and changing its name in 1985.

Named the first Executive Director of the EIVA in 2003, Ivan Marquez has been involved in the EIVA’s administration since 1996 and has been instrumental in its development and advancement. His contributions have shaped the modern-day EIVA, but he remains modest.

"Although I believe the committee should have their heads examined, I am deeply humbled to be thought of on the same amazing level as these great volleyball men,” stated Marquez. “As the EIVA continues to prove to be at the forefront of NCAA Conferences, it has been my privilege to be part of this great league. As Commissioner, I would like to proudly salute each and every student-athlete who has worn an EIVA jersey at all of our schools for the past 40 years.”

Previously the head men’s volleyball coach and now current Athletic Director at Concordia (NY) College, Marquez led a fledgling program to the elite of the EIVA and national recognition prior to its discontinuation after the 2003 season. During his time coaching the Clippers, his teams often traveled to take on the powerhouse West Coast teams, including UCLA and his close friend, legendary head coach Al Scates.

“First of all, [Ivan] can be inducted as either a coach or an administrator,” said Scates. “He was an outstanding coach at Concordia. He would bring his teams to the West Coast and challenge all of the teams out here. And we visited him at Concordia and he had the gym packed and we were looking for innovative scoring systems and so we played the first game to 100 by quarters, which was pretty exciting.

 “He’s just a great personal friend to me,” continued Scates. “I’m sorry he’s so far away and I miss his trips out here to the Coast because my wife and I have considered him as one of our very best friends. It’s great that he’s going into the Hall of Fame. He’s such a competent administrator. He’s probably the finest administrator for volleyball that we’ve ever had – he has done such a great job for the EIVA. I’ve followed his career since he took over that position and he’s come with a lot of innovations that have helped the sport back there. I think it’s a great choice to bring him into the Hall.”

A native of Condado, Puerto Rico, and graduate of SUNY-Brockport, Marquez also previously held a graduate assistant position with the Southern California women’s volleyball team prior to his involvement with Concordia.

Said Marquez: “There is a special place in my heart for Uvaldo as he, along with Pav, Larsen, Shayka, Restrepo, Bonilla, DeNure, Nelson, Treibitch, DeCurtis, Ball, Hansen, McGown, and Scates, welcomed and inspired me to be the best.  The genuine fellowship among men's volleyball coaches, officials, and administrators is second to none and a true joy to devote a lifetime with; I am extremely fortunate and sincerely grateful."

Perhaps Scates sums it up the best: “His word is his bond. I’m not sure we ever had any contracts when we brought our team out there, we just shook hands on it. He’s a man that when he says something, you believe him and you trust him. With Ivan I was very comfortable with him the first time I met him. He’s someone you can trust, bottom line.”

Story Courtesy of Jen Armson-Dyer

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