Oshkosh Volleyball
2017 News
Mitch Lahmann's Dad wins Prestigious Award (2-24-17)
The Badger Region is proud to announce that Gerald "Jerry" Lahmann has been recognized with the prestigious Leif Storvik Award for his service and participation with the sport of volleyball within Badger Region. The Badger Region established the Leif Storvik Award to recognize and honor those individuals, teams or organizations who have made a positive impact to the sport of volleyball.

"I am honored and thrilled to be chosen for the Leif Storvik award by the Badger Region," said Lahmann. "Volleyball has been a huge part of my life. It's quite an honor, and I am thankful that the previous recipients found me worthy."

Lahmann started playing the sport in the late 1960s, at the urging of Storvik himself, and continued playing in leagues and tournaments for more than 25 years. He started coaching boys volleyball at Waukesha North High School in the 1980s and was instrumental in keeping the high school boys volleyball tournament going after the WIAA dropped its tournament sanction in the 1980s. Also having served as the Wauwatosa West girls co-head coach, Lahmann is still an active WIAA official and boys club coach with Spike Milwaukee.

"Jerry is an exceptional coach and has dedicated a large part of his life to the game of volleyball," said Spike Milwaukee club director Jeffrey Liker. "You couldn't have picked a better person to win the Storvik award. Spike Milwaukee has been fortunate enough to have Jerry coach for 10 years. In that time, Jerry has helped improve countless players with his keen knowledge of the game and ability to teach the game to his athletes, and he uses a firm, but caring approach that his players thrive on. Jerry has forgotten more about volleyball than most people have ever learned. Together with his wife, Pam (who is also a very talented volleyball coach), they have raised two kids (Mitch and Jenna) into great volleyball players and coaches as well."

"I have Leif to thank for introducing competitive volleyball to me," said Lahmann. "He helped instill a love and dedication of the game to me, and his inspiration has helped me in all phases of the game, coach, player and official. My hope is to continue Leif 's legacy and bring the same dedication and love of the game to others."

Storvik is well-remembered for his leadership in volleyball in the Badger Region and at the national level. He gave countless hours to the sport and always made sure whatever he did was done right. His quiet, yet determined and uncanny ability to solve any problem made him a great ambassador, and he was very supporting and complementary. Storvik is remembered as one of the true nice guys of the game, and yet he played very competitively while still having fun.

The Leif Storvik Award is bestowed upon those who meet the criteria in areas of accountability, attitude, communication, excellence, integrity, respect and teamwork. Previous winners of the award form the committee to select its next recipient. These previous winners include Neill Luebke, Julie Voeck, Terry and Nancy Paulson, Jenny Hahn and Anne Slattery.

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