Rudy Suwara is a unique figure in volleyball history. He learned the sport in New York, not along the California coast. And he found success on every level. Rudy played on the USA men’s team that beat the Russians at the Mexico City Summer Olympic Games and he coached a powerhouse college program at U.C. Santa Barbara. But these are just two among many accomplishments. His long list of friends includes some of the most famous names in volleyball and entertainment. He’s worked for Berry Gordy Jr., teamed with Wilt Chamberlain, smoked cigars with Tom Selleck and met with Fidel Castro – not once but twice. This collection of remembrances and photographs celebrates a great career, a fascinating family and an impressive individual.
Don Weiner is a former sportswriter, newspaper copy editor and magazine editor who now handles freelance writing, editing and research assignments for a variety of clients. He writes about sports, entertainment, travel and business among other topics.