Hall of Fame Class of 2007
Mike Dodd was a two-sport standout at San Diego State in the late 1970s, starring in both basketball (1975-79) and volleyball (1978-80). Dodd was a guard on the Aztec basketball squad, leading the team in field-goal percentage in 1976-77 and averaging 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing as a senior. He also served as team captain in 1978-79, playing along side the likes of Tony Gwynn, Steve Malovic and Kim Goetz under head coach Tim Vezie.
Although he was selected in the 10th round of the NBA Draft by the San Diego Clippers in 1979, Dodd turned to his first love, beach volleyball, where he would find his greatest success. One of the greatest ever to play the sport, Dodd won 72 domestic titles, had 231 podium placements and 297 "final four" finishes. He won four world beach volleyball championships, one U.S. title and ranks in the top five in beach volleyball history in tournaments played (351), event titles (75) and career earnings ($1,772,970).
Dodd was named the AVP's best defensive player on four occasions, most inspirational player three times and sportsman of the year twice. He capped his career by winning a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the first time the event.
Dodd resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and maintains his connections with the sport of beach volleyball as both a coach and television analyst.