USA Volleyball to Present Award to Fred Wendelboe '66
May 10, 2007
May 10, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Fred N. Wendelboe, a 1966 graduate of DePauw University, is the recipient of the 2007 Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus award from USA Volleyball. Wendelboe will be honored for his years of dedication to the sport at a banquet in Colorado Springs, May 24.
"Fred Wendelboe didn't play much volleyball until intramurals in college at DePauw University in Indiana, but he was truly indoctrinated into the sport while on an Army Tour of duty in Vietnam," notes an announcement from USA Volleyball. "Upon completing his military commitment, Wendelboe began playing at the Winston-Salem YMCA after getting a masters in chemistry at Wake Forest University. He met a few players who were interested in traveling to play and they formed a team in the old Southern Region. It was required to have officials, so he and some teammates went to a clinic in Charlotte N.C., conducted by Joe Sharpless."
That experience led Wendleboe to officiate locally and eventually become the commissioner of the Carolina Region. When his playing days were over, "Wendelboe opted to become a national referee ... He was selected for the USA Volleyball Silver Whistle award as the top referee in his class in 1983."
Wendelboe has also worked as a line judge at the 1987 Pan American Games in 1987, refereed a 1988 match between the USA Gold Medal men's team and Cuba, and served as a volunteer assistant coach at Wake Forest. He was the 1992 recipient of the Dr. Neville A. "Doc" Booth Commissioner's Award, and two years later received the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award for his continued contributions to the sport.
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