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"Sometimes, the best way you can find out about a player is what his
fellow players have to say about him. An even better way to get a
feel for a player is to see what he has to say about his fellow
Player's Quotes about Ian:
VOLLEYBALL GREAT KARCH KIRALY ON AVP PLAYER IAN CLARK:
Karch Kiraly:"I have been really impressed with the way that
Ian has been playing, especially in places like down in Brazil.
All of a
sudden, he will just take over a game. He will be playing with a
and having been switching off blocking and defensive duties.
he decides that he is going to jump serve every time and block as
well. He did it down in Mexico last year. He and Bill
(Boullianne) played so well in Acapulco. There are not many
players that have the strength and endurance to be able to jump serve
every time, run to the net and block along with receiving a lot of
serves. He is pretty amazing, especially in hot conditions."
Karch Kiraly:"This year, Ian and Beef (Bill Boulliane) won
their first tournament in (Acapulco) a few weeks ago. I think the
U.S.teams are going to be competitive, they just haven’t been as good
as the Brazilian teams, on average, over the last couple of years."
Karch Kiraly:(FIVB shorts)"The sponsors aren’t going to be
happy having their athletes look like geeks and wearing
will never sell. If you are over about 6’3", the shorts have to
8" above the middle of your knee cap, which is going to be a big
adjustment for guys like Bill Boulianne or Ian Clark, who play with
shorts that are just
a little above the knee cap."
Karch Kiraly:(Acapulco)"I can't quite figure out why they're
able to serve that ball(Mikasa) better than the other guys,I don't
think that either
of them are as good jump servers as Adam or Brian Lewis or some of the
guys(on the AVP).But they're certainly better than anybody else with
Karch Kiraly:(Acapulco)"In the semifinal,Ian picked up some
balls,and I've never seen him move so fast before.He made some great
defensive plays,and so did Bill.They're not noted for their cat-like
moves in the backcourt,but they both chased down some shots there":
Karch Kiraly:(nbcolympics.com-Athletes Voice)"I was
up the results to see where teams stand because, for those who are not
familiar with it, to qualify for the Olympics, teams have to play in at
least eight foreign events on the FIVB tour. Then, out of all those
events accumulated through August 15th of the year 2000, the best eight
are tabulated. And in looking at all the American teams right now, Rob
Heidger and Kevin Wong have the best eight results. Adam (Johnson) and
I have the second-best results, although we have only seven
results.Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton have, depending on an
interpretation of the rules, either no blank spots to fill in or two
blank spots to fill in. They either have eight results or six results.
We're still waiting for a clarification.But they might be about third,
not too far behind us. Then Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel fourth, then
Bill Boullanne and Ian Clark fifth. So, if they were to take the
Olympic qualification format and make the cutoff today, we would
qualify -- but barely."
Mike Dodd: (NBC Olympics Beach Volleyball // News // 01 Dec
"Although the FIVB men's event this weekend in Vitoria, Brazil is
technically the last event of 1999, it seems more like the first event
the final push to see who will represent the U.S. in Sydney. American
in the qualifier include David Swatik/Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton/Ian
Adam Jewell/Stein Metzger and Jeffry Long/Gaston Macau. Blanton/Clark
their first match but are still alive in the losers bracket.Ian Clark
one of my favorite players and a quality guy who I would love to see
a little more success."
Mike Dodd: (NBC Olympics Beach Volleyball // News // 21 Apr
"Congratulations to Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers for winning the men's
open in Deerfield Beach ... also to Ian Clark and Bill Boullianne for a
long-awaited trip to another final. Clark and Boullianne won the FIVB
event in Acapulco about a year ago and proceeded to run together a
string of 25ths and 17ths that would knock your Aunt Connie's socks
socks older than MD!!!
Bill "Beef" Boullianne: "Ian is a
dynamic guy. You never know where he is coming from or where he just
was. I like
people like that. A good friend is hard to come by. As a player he can
everything and is always capable of winning tournaments or pulling out
big play that gets you over the top. He could jump a little
if he could only stay away from the dessert tray."
Dain Blanton: "Ian is a great guy and
fun to be around. He has great energy. He has always been a difficult
opponent and has a huge hammer of an arm. Ian hits a very heavy ball."
Eric Fonoimoana: "I think Ian is a
fierce competitor who wants to win as much as anyone else. He has
good hands and a big blocker. I've only practiced with him but
have not played in a tourney with him. As a friend, he has a good
heart and is fun
to be around."
Brent Doble: "Do not let the gold
piercings or sometimes odd colored hair fool you. Ian is a
A fiery competitor on the court yet always composed, off the court
approachable. A great blocker and guy who brings serious heat."
Lee LeGrande: "Ian is an incredibly
talented person. I have known Ian for the past eight or nine
years and I have seen him grow a ton. The first time I met Ian he was
transferring from Santa Barbara City College. He was their player of
the year, which is great unless he is trying to take my spot on the
starting six. It quickly began as one of the biggest competitions of my
life. Ian was pretty quiet for the first few months but he quickly
warmed up to our team and was a huge part in our 1992 NCAA National
Championship reign. Ian also can be summed up by saying you can take
the man out of Vegas, but you cannot take the vegas out of the man."
Stein Metzger: "As for Ian, I find his
game suits his personality off the court. Simply put he is a hard
hitter. In the friendship realm, I would say we have never been
close but have always enjoyed each other's presence as we both share a
lust for life and adventure even if our interests differ slightly."
Albert Hannemann: "Ian is one of the
most marketable volleyball players out there right now. He is a great
that is real to himself. He likes to have fun but takes care of
when he plays tournaments."
Ian Clark's Quotes about
other Players :
Ian Clark on Karch Kiraly: "Clearly Karch
Kiraly exemplifies the type of athlete that all volleyball players
model themselves after. His resume is second to none in the world
of volleyball and one
of the truly dominating careers in all of sports."
Ian Clark on Mike Dodd: " I
remember one time I was riding in a cab with Mike Dodd,and he asked me
about living in Vegas. I told him it was awesome,and he said: "I wish I
would have done that at some time in my life." For me,that kind of
validated it. Because
if you look at that guy,he's had a dream life. And when he said that,it
kind of made me realize how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to
do this kind
of thing (volleyball)and how foolish it would be not to take advantage
Ian Clark on Bill Boullianne: ""One of
the great things about professional volleyball is the camaraderie among
the players, and above that, the creation of new friendships. Bill and
I have become very good friends. We have battled through success
and adversity. Foremost, however, I will always remember reaching the
top of the medal stand together in Mexico. That moment is the
highlight of my career thus far. I could not have made it there
without him. I only hope he will reach the medal stand as many times as
he makes it to the dessert stand."
Ian Clark on Dain Blanton : "I played
with Dain Blanton at Pepperdine and have known him for about 10
Dain has always been a great competitor and an extremely hard worker.
As a result, he is a tremendous athlete and it
has shown in the success he has had on tour. I expect him to win
his fair share of tournaments over the next few years."
Ian Clark on Eric Fonoimoana : "Eric
Fonoimoana probably trains harder than any athlete on tour. He is
at the top
of his game and is playing extremely well. He has had a lot of
success in his career and will continue to in my opinion. The
about Eric that impresses me most is his respect for the game and his
to give something back.
I give him my full support and wish him the
success with his newly created foundation DigsForKids."
Ian Clark on Brent Doble : "Brent
Doble has hit the tour with a bang over the last season and with his
first win this season. He is playing great volleyball and has
improved his overall game. He is a force to be reckoned with."
Ian Clark on Lee LeGrande : "I have
known Lee LeGrande since our Pepperdine days. He is a dynamic
personality with a great outlook on life. He has been busting his
butt and is
playing better than I have ever seen him. My hat is off to him for
his first victory."
Ian Clark on Stein Metzger : "I am
fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play with Stein
is a great competitor and brings a much needed energy and flair
the game. I guarantee you will see him in the victory circle in the
Ian Clark on Albert Hannemann : "I
Albert Hannemann is one of the most underrated players on our
In addition, he does a tremendous job of marketing himself and
the tour and volleyball in a positive way. He has a strong love
the game and an even stronger willingness to get others involved in the
I think he has done a lot to improve the image of both the sport and
players of beach volleyball."
*Courtesy of Whit's Web ***Whitty,do you have
this interview on tape it got lost when it closed down?
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More questions to come stay tuned!!!
In this section you the fans get to ask Ian Clark whatever you
want to know about VolleyBall and life on and off the AVP tour!!!
Hello,Ian? We want to ask you a few questions.These are the
most fans want answered.
1.) Can you send me an autographed photocard?
Sure thing but there is a catch,you must join my "IAMANIMAN"
fanclub on Yahoo
and win one by playing the Ian Clark trivia quiz.This is
my private,members only club but you can easily join by
sending us an e-mail at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
for an invite.
2.) Do you have a scrapbook or journal? If so, how long have you
Yes,I keep certain clippings and articles fans have graciously
out for me and I recently was given a journal as a gift and plan on
3.) Did you play v-ball in high school or college? If so, where?
Ian attended Boulder High School and they did not have a boys'
volleyball team. His only chance of playing was driving a few
hours back and
forth to Denver once a week with friends.Ian and his pals played on a
club team called the "Front Range".After graduating from Boulder High
Ian moved onto Santa Barbara City College (S.B.C.C.).Ian also graduated
from Pepperdine University and played an integral role as middle
blocker on the 1992 N.C.A.A. championship team.
4.) Who were your major influences in the game growing up?
At Santa Barbara City College (S.B.C.C.),I received tutelage from
Rick Olmstead in his
first year and under Jay Hanseth, a former beach pro.Also Ian
Pepperdine's Marv Dunphy as "one of the best coaches around that is a
guy and role model".To this day, Ian credits his mom and dad and his
and extended family as his main supporters.
5.) Who has been your most successful partner in your career?
In the 1994 AVP season my first, I partnered with 3 players, Dain
Schlegel, and Wayne Seligson finishing as high as ninth place.I teamed
up with friend and former Pepperdine University teammate,
Dain Blanton, throughout the 1995 season and we earned two career high
fifth places.During the 1998 season, I made the decision to play on the
A.V.P and Federation Internationale
de Volleyball (F.I.V.B.) Tours with
Bill "Beef" Boullianne.We earned three notable finishes by
placing 3rd in France,3rd again in the Canary Islands, and then 4th in
Belgium. In the 1999 F.I.V.B. event at Acapulco, Mexico Bill Boullianne
and I placed 1st
and collected the gold medal, trophy, and $30,000 in prize money.Bill
and I have become very good friends. We have battled
success and adversity. Foremost, however, I will always remember
the top of the medal stand together in Mexico.That moment is the
of my career thus far. I could not have made it there without him."
6.) What would you say is your most memorable accomplishment is
It was the F.I.V.B. event Acapulco, Mexico, that will be forever
etched into my mind.
We posted a 5-0 record by beating some of the top teams and reached
the winner's circle when Bill Boullianne and I defeated the Brazilian
of Para Ferreria and Guilherme Marques by the score of 15-10 and
the gold medal, trophy, and $30,000 in prize money.Along with winning
N.C.A.A. championship at Pepperdine,and another highlight of my indoor
was winning the gold medal in the United States Olympic Festival in
7.) Will you teach the game to others, as well as your own
children, when you retire?
Yes,someday if I'm blessed with children I would love to teach
them the wonderful sport of Volleyball as it has given me so much joy
in my life.Coaching someday is a possibility.
8.) Do you plan on participating in the Olympic games in the year
2000 in Beach Volleyball in Sydney, Australia? If so, who would
you want as your partner?
You bet your speedos ,I would love to represnt my country in
Sydney and am currently working towards that as my main goal.Bill AKA
BEEF Boullianne of course.
9.) What beach (or beaches) do you practice at? What does your
typical days training consist of ?
Ian's training site in the past has been at Pacific Palisades,Ca.
But these days he can be found practicing and training hard all over
the beaches of Southern Califonia.Who knows,he may be down at your
local beach right now.His
typical training regimen will be described in a future segment of his
10.) How many tournaments (including international events) have
you won in your career? Can you name your partner at the time, the
place where the event was and the year that you won?
One tournament in the 1999 F.I.V.B. event at Acapulco, Mexico
where Bill Boullianne and I placed 1st and collected the gold medal,
trophy, and $30,000 in prize money,but I'm working very hard to
increase that number
in the near future and just recently placed 2nd again with Bill at the
Oldsmobile Alero Beach Volleyball Series U.S. Olympic Challenge in
Deerfield Beach,Florida in April of 2000.
11.) Do you do anything that is superstitious before games or
tournaments? If so, what are they?
Like many players on tour,there is something to be said for a
of lucky shorts.And considering the fact that I won Acapaulco,Mexico
Beef, I'd say those shorts we won in are lucky charms.In fact, we went
to win two more matches in those shorts in the very next FIVB event, so
could say we we're 8 and 0 in those shorts.
We also found a lucky button and marble out on the warm-up courts ,
we kept those in our pockets during the weekend. As of right now,
they're in the bottom of the beach bag somewhere.
12.) Which past and present volleyball players would you
absolutely love to play with?
13.) Do you receive a lot of fan mail?
Yes,I do receive my fair share but not too much to get
by.I would always enjoy getting more thou, so I encourage fans to
write to me at the AVP address and they will forward it to me.Please
feel free to
write me here:
c/o IAN CLARK
330 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 902925147
14.) What would you most like to accomplish in the future in and
out of the sport of Volleyball?
15.) What would you most like to say to all your fans out there?
16.) Who are your current sponsors so we can check out their
My current sponsor is Oakley sunglasses you can shop them
17.) What are your favorite movies to watch?
My favorite movies are "Caddyshack," "Fletch," "Ace Ventura,"
Predator," and Terminator".
18.) What are your favorite TV shows to watch?
My favorite TV shows are HBO's "The Sopranos,"and I
like watching sports.Go LAKERS!
19.) What are your favorite books to read?
My favorite books are "Shogun," "Memoirs of a Geisha," and "High
Also, anything that my father, and friends recommend (likes books on
Japanese history and culture) I will read.
20.) What are your favorite hobbies?
I like traveling ,trips to Las Vegas, reading, cross word
skydiving, golfing, fly fishing (I recently did that during the off
with friend and fellow A.V.P. player, Kevin Martin).
21.) Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
"This is Ian. I'm sorry it took so long for a reply. My
favorite professional sports teams are the Colorado Rockies, Colorado
Avalanche(and the Boston Bruins), DENVER BRONCOS, and the 2000 NBA
Champion LA Lakers.
I think that about sums it up. As far as other sports go, I like
golf,snow-boarding, skydiving,tennis and fly fishing ."
Team Fletch-Manhattan 6's 2000.....LMAO!!! :>p~
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