The first of six new members of the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame has been announced.
Terry Pettit is the only coach in the 2020 class and the fourth coach to be enshrined in the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame. He coached Husker volleyball for 23 seasons from 1977 to 1999, racking up an .820 career winning percentage (694-148-12) that ranks seventh all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. Over that time, Pettit led Nebraska to 21 conference titles, six NCAA Semifinal appearances, and the 1995 National Championship.
Pettit, a 2009 inductee into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, was a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year (1986, 1994) and a nine-time conference coach of the year. He coached two national players of the year, 35 All-Americans, and 12 conference players-of-the-year. When he retired, Pettit didn’t leave the cupboard bare. His influence on the team and hand in recruiting helped first year head coach John Cook take the team to a perfect 34-0 record and the 2000 National Title.
Cook shared the news with Pettit over FaceTme Tuesday afternoon, where he asked three questions saying this was for season ticket holders.
Coach Cook facetiming Coach Pettit? 🤔
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— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) March 31, 2020
When Cook asked how Pettit would feel about being part of the sixth Hall of Fame Class at the University of Nebraska, Pettit replied it “depends on who I went in with.” Then Cook made the news more clear, saying, “well, you’re going in in September.”
Pettit responded, “That’s thrilling. It’s always good to be recognized by the institution that you spent your professional life with.”
Pettit coached at the Coliseum, which Nebraska continued to play at 2013 when the team moved to the Devaney Center. The new home of Nebraska Volleyball named the playing surface “Terry Pettit Court”.
The other six members of the class, all student-athletes, will be announced over the next three weeks.