Presented to The Outstanding Junior Volleyball Player
Dodge Parker was one of the greatest volleyball players to come out of Hawaii and the Outrigger Canoe Club. Dodge was not only a skilled performer (called by Sports Illustrated the best setter in the USA) but also exemplified the finest qualities of sportsmanship and fair play. He began playing volleyball at OCC at the age of 12, and by 15 he was the Club’s youngest setter.
Dodge played on the Long Beach State 1970 and 1973 NCAA Final Four teams. He was the standout on the 1970 Long Beach State volleyball team that lost to San Diego State in the NCAA Finals. A two-time All-American for the 49ers, Parker was a sensational club and professional volleyball player following his collegiate career.
He was named to the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and played in the Pan American Games. The U.S. team failed to qualify for the Olympics in 1976. Playing in the International Volleyball League, Parker was a four-time All-IVA selection, its Most Valuable Player in 1976 and its Coach of the Year in 1977. Parker died of a heart attack at age 29.
In 1979 following Dodge’s death, the Club’s Sand Doubles Championship was named as a memorial to him. In 1980 the Volleyball Committee dedicated a trophy in his name to the Club’s Outstanding Junior Player.
The Volleyball Committee retired the trophy in 1990. It was reactivated in 2017.
Winners of the trophy were: