From SUU ATHLETICS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
CEDAR CITY- The Southern Utah University Athletic Department has announced the Hall of Fame Class for 2018. On Saturday, February 24, both Ricky Mendini and the 1981-82 SUSC Women’s Volleyball Team will be honored for their accomplishments at Southern Utah University.
“On behalf of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, we’re honored to celebrate the success of the 1981-82 volleyball team, and to recognize the many years of service Ricky Mendini gave the university,” Southern Utah University Athletic Director Debbie Corum said.
Mendini served as the head athletic trainer at Southern Utah University from 1993 to 2017. During his time at SUU, Mendini oversaw the creation of the Athletic Training Education major in SUU’s College of Education.
Mendini also helped shape the careers of several generations of athletic trainers at SUU, many of whom are now working at other universities. Mendini came to SUU from New Mexico State, where he was the head athletic trainer.
Mendini has a lasting impact with not only the many student-athletes he worked with, but also with generations of athletic trainers that graduated from Southern Utah University.
The 1981-82 Southern Utah State College women’s volleyball team set the precedent for volleyball excellence in Cedar City. The team finished fourth place in the NAIA circuit, and ended the season with a 28-13 overall record.
More impressive, the team finished 11-0 at home, ending the season with a perfect record on the campus of Southern Utah State College.
The team has left a lasting legacy, and provides inspiration for the volleyball team on campus today.