Hall of Fame

The New York Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Robin Cooke

Robin Cooke coached volleyball at the Croton-Harmon school district for 44 years. Her teams won 648 matches, 13 sectional championships, 2 state championships, and the 1999 sportsmanship award. Robin was on many high school sports committees and was an amazing volunteer in her community.

Volleyball Items

League Representative - 39 years

Volleyball Coaches Scholarship Committee 42 years. - Chairman 10 years

Coached Varsity VB Croton-  44 years

Westchester County Hall of Fame 2012

Westchester County VB Camp Director 10 years

Croton Volleyball Camp Director- 30 years 

Con Edison Panel - Athlete of the Week 9 years cumulative

Croton-Harmon Schools Lifetime Volleyball Achievement Award- 2018


All-Section Players- 92

All-League Players- 127

All-State players - 11

Hosted Sectionals - 15

Hosted Regionals - 3

Team Community Service -

Team worked at Harry Chapin “Run Against Hunger” for 30 years

Dig Pink Breast Cancer Fundraiser - 10 years 

Community Service

Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger Committee Member - 30 years

Woman’s Club of Peekskill & Cortlandt - 40-year member President etc. (Held every office)

Past Presidents Woman’s Club - Secretary 

Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs - Secretary

Hudson Valley District Women’s Club- Secretary

NYS General Federation of Women’s Clubs - Chairman Special Project

Cub Scouts - Pack Chairman 13 years    Den Leader 4 years

Irene Furness

Irene Furness was a teacher and coach in the Corning-Painted Post School District for over 30 years. She won 352 matches, 18 sectional championships, and 1 state championship while she was there. Her teams won the New York State Sportsmanship award in 2016, she also coached softball for 15 years, and has been a great volunteer in her community.

John Jay-Cross River High School graduate

SUNY Cortland graduate

30+ years as a Physical Education Teacher in the Corning-Painted Post School District

First Aid/CPR Instructor

NY State Coaching Class Instructor

32 Years Varsity Volleyball Coach-

31 Years in the Corning-Painted Post School District (West High and Corning High School)

1-year Canaseraga Central School

Overall Record  352-182

18 Sectional Championships

6 Regional Championships

6 State Final Four Appearances

  • 4 years finalist
  • 3 years runner up
  • 1 State Championship -1997 Class B Corning-Painted Post West High School

2016 NY State Team Sportsmanship award at the final four

14 years Club experience with the Crystal City Volleyball Club

  • Everything from coaching to director of the club

15 years of Varsity Softball Coaching

Mother of triplets

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Corning Food Pantry


The NYVCA annually recognizes those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport, with the NYVCA Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Committee includes…

  • Robert Pierce (Section 6)
  • Mike Glenn – (Section 2) Hall of Fame Nomination Committee Contact: Email: [email protected]
  • Kathy McGeehan – (Section 11)
  • Mike Calvello – (Officer and Board Rep)


  • Should have coached New York volleyball for 20+ years
  • Current coaches must be NYVCA members (retired members do not need to)
  • Community or volleyball community service is a plus
  • 2 recommendations from fellow coaches in good standing
  • 300+ wins in New York State