BRONXVILE, N.Y. – Bill Madara is the first of three inductees to be showcased on EIVAVolleyball.com as we look back at the careers of all three of the 2016 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame members.
Madara was an accomplished volleyball official and began officiating EIVA matches around 1979 when he was a certified USAV National Referee. Bill began his officiating career in 1971 after playing for a club team at the University of Pittsburgh. "At a tournament, after 'challenging' an official on several calls" recalled Madara, "he said to me 'If you think you can do better get your $%# up here and prove it!' So I did!"
This sparked what would be around 30 years of volleyball officiating at the local and national level. Throughout his career, Bill received numerous awards and recognitions which included the 1988 USAV Honorable Mention Award, the 1991 USA Golden Whistle Award, and the 1995 Big Ten Whistle of Pride Award.
"I am truly humbled and grateful to be recognized for a profession in which I constantly strove for anonymity," stated Madara. "My officiating has always been guided by my feeling that the game is about the players and coaches, and, my greatest compliment was that, win or lose, no one remembered who officiated the match. I only wish I could personally "Thank" all the great players and coaches that I have had the privilege of working for and with. They drove me to hold myself to the highest standards."
Bill worked many EIVA Championships in his career and also had the privilege to officiate the NCAA Men's Volleyball National Collegiate Championships from 1999-2002. Other events includes the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y., the NORECA Junior Men's Championship Gold Medal match in Puerto Rico in 1994, the BCV Cup Gold Medal match in Montreux, Switzerland in 1995, the Olympic Festival in Denver, Colo. in 1995, and numerous NCAA Men's and Women's Regional matches.
Madara co-founded the Capitol Chapter of PIAA Volleyball Officials in 1979 and has officiated PIAA District and State Championships along with USAV Nationals in the 80's and 90's and the USAV Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Championships.
Bill was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from officiating in 2002. He stayed active and contributed to the game through following his son and daughter as they played in junior club programs. Madara was even called out of retirement at a girls' tournament when two officials fell ill. "Although I was a little rusty on the mechanics" explained Bill, "I still had a 'good eye' for the game, and most importantly I was consistent."