By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
There are few higher honors for a volleyball coach than to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Friday, two local men, former Red Lion High School girls’ volleyball coach Scott Musselman and girls’ club administrator Chip Reiley, will be enshrined in a ceremony in State College.
Musselman, who spent more than 31 years on the bench helping the Lions to six division and three league titles, is probably the more recognizable name of the two. His clubs qualified for the District 3-AAA playoffs in 29 of his 31 years. Musselman also led the Lions into the PIAA playoffs on four occasions, including a third-place finish back in 1993.
“Scott has been a major force in building the sport of volleyball in the York area,” said Dave Morton, a former Dallastown High School coach and past president of the PVCA. “We recognize Scott’s commitment to the Red Lion volleyball program and to the PVCA. Scott is a major contributor to Pennsylvania volleyball.”
Musselman ran through a series of emotions when he was delivered the good news of his induction.
“Surprised,” he said. “Happy and proud, too. If you look at the members of the PVCA Hall of Fame, it is a very humbling experience to be a part of this group.”
The pinnacle moment of Musselman’s career was undoubtedly his 1993 squad, which made Red Lion history with its third-place state finish.
“(That) was the highest finish of a Red Lion team in the history of the school. It was a finish that stood alone until a few years back when the Red Lion girls’ basketball team also made it to the semifinals, he said.”
On-court success, however, is only part of the game for a coach such as Musselman. Development and education is also a big part of being a complete coach.
“More importantly, I truly believe in the character building qualities one gets from participating in high school athletics,” Musselman said. “Perhaps what happens after high school is the true test of how successful the program is. Watching graduates compete on the volleyball teams at the collegiate level, watching Red Lion graduates graduate from college and watching those graduates become volleyball coaches is what make me most proud.”
Reiley: While Reiley may be lesser known than Musselman, he’s been heavily involved with the sport as a an event administrator as well as a parent.
“Chip has labored tirelessly for volleyball and for our junior players,” Morton said. “He has always wanted to do what was best for the players. Chip has made a huge impact on the growth of junior volleyball in Pennsylvania over the last years.”
Much like Musselman, Reiley felt “humbled” when he was alerted of his induction.
“I thought of all the people who worked with me over the years to make our events great,” he said.
Reiley has helped run some of the biggest volleyball tournaments around.
Perhaps the biggest reason for Reiley’s involvement over the years has been family. With a daughter who played the sport, Reiley feels that aspect is one that may be missed when discussing the game.
“In my true opinion, the special value this sport offers is how it pulls the family together,” he said. “Both with adult players and, in particular, with our youth. When we conduct an event with 900 teams, we have over 25,000 people in attendance. Those are (not only) players, but parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, too. I feel like no other sport can compete with volleyball in this regard.”
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