BRONXVILE, N.Y. – Marin Gjaja is the second of three inductees to be showcased on EIVAVolleyball.com as we look back at the careers of all three of the 2015 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame members.
Gjaja grew up in Niskayuna, New York, where his parents settled after immigrating to the US from the former Yugoslavia a few years before Marin was born. While at Princeton, Marin lettered in both volleyball and football, earning All-EIVA and All-American honors for his sophomore, junior, and senior campaigns.
He is a 1991 graduate of Princeton with a degree in Civil Engineering and Operations Research and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Gjaja also met his wife, Kate '92, while studying at Princeton.
After graduation, Marin pursued earned a spot the 1992 US Olympic Volleyball Team, becoming an alternate on the team that eventually won the Bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain.
"Marin was in a league of his own," stated current Princeton Men's Volleyball Head Coach Sam Shweisky. "Marin is the quintessential representative of 'Education Through Athletics' and we cannot be happier and more proud of his induction into the EIVA Hall of Fame." Shweisky continued to explain, "Legendary Princeton Coach Glenn Nelson has often been quoted as saying that Gjaja was the best player he ever coached during his 30-year tenure. From one legend to another, more accurate praise has never been given."
Marin retired from the US team in 1992 to pursue his PhD at Boston University in Cognitive and Neural Systems, which he earned in 1996. After completing his PhD, Marin and Kate moved to Chicago where Gjaja started working for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Marin still works for BCG and is now a Senior Partner with responsibility for the Chicago office as well as BCG's entire business in the Midwest.
Next week EIVAVolleyball.com will feature our final inductee, Santiago Restrepo of East Stroudsburg.
About the EIVA Hall of Fame
The Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) established the Hall of Fame in 2012 to honor those individuals in the now 44 year history of the league. To date there are 12 members of the EIVA Hall of Fame which includes players, coaches, and administrators. The 2015 class will be honored during the 2015 EIVA Championship match on Friday, May 1st at a site to be determined based on the regular season standings.