Hey getting ready to travel… CONGRATS! That is great. I am so happy for you. I don't know anyone more dedicated and deserving of this award. You have put so much time, love and care, nurturing the young kids, not only in becoming lovers of the game but good people too. It is so wonderful that you were chosen to receive this award; I would have loved to see your face when you were told since you do everything from your heart and would not have expected it. Recognition for your contributions to the sport of volleyball!
Martha E. Hawthorne
Thomas B. Songster, Ph.D.
Ruth came to Chicago and joined my Rebels team in 1971. She worked very hard to improve her game. But, she also worked at learning everything that she could about the sport of volleyball. It is always a pleasure to see one of my girls carry on and become a good volleyball coach. Congratulations on receiving the All-Time Great Coach – Pioneer Division for 2011!
Ruth N. Nelson
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Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D., President, Sports Management Resources & Former CEO, Women's Sports Foundation
Extraordinary coaches are those who use the power of sport to teach players and coaches life lessons: the pursuit of excellence, resilience in the face of a loss or poor performance, perseverance when challenges are almost overwhelming, a commitment to hard work and practice as the key to achievement, and respect for teammates and opponents, those who help make you better. Combine this philosophy of sport as a laboratory for human development, add 40 years of consistent and focused effort, an incredible passion for the sport, and caring about the personal development of the young people she has coached, from youth and junior club players just beginning their volleyball journeys to national team stars, and you have Ruth Nelson, a coach who has really made a difference in others' lives. Coach Nelson greatly deserved to be honored with the 2011 Bertha H. Lucas All-Time Great Coach Award.