MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Saturday, April 18, in the Great LakesRoom of the University Center. The event will once again be held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and program will follow.
One of the inductees into the class of 2015 is Ricky Volcy, who was a four-time men’s basketball letterwinner for the Wildcats from 2003-07 and ranks third on the NMU all-time scoring list with 2,032.
In three of his four seasons with NMU he earned Team MVP honors. He was an All-American as a senior and named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
“If I had to draft a GLIAC or NMU all-star team, I would select Ricky Volcy first, without hesitation,” said former NMU head coach Dean Ellis. “He literally played every position for us on both ends of the floor throughout his entire career. Along with his outstanding basketball skills, he had a competiveness and wiliness to win that was second to none. It was an absolute pleasure to coach him and his brother Marco throughout their time at NMU.”
Volcy played one season at a prep school before coming to NMU to join his older brother Marco, who had already played one season for the Wildcats.
“It was surreal that I was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame,” said Volcy. “I felt like I did everything that I could for Northern Michigan and being inducted is a way for them to say thank you. I am humbled by this hall of fame induction and I feel like I will always be in the books. It’s something that can never be taken away from me.”
As a freshman, Volcy played in 22 games with nine starts for the Wildcats. He averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while clocking 23.9 minutes per outing. He helped NMU to a 16-10 record and a fourth-place finish in the GLIAC North.
He had his breakout season as a sophomore when he led NMU with 19.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Volcy’s scoring average led the GLIAC and his rebounding average was fourth in the league as were his 36 blocked shots. He was one of three players to start in all 28 games that year and he led NMU to a 13-15 record and a fourth-place finish in the North. Following the season, Volcy was named First Team All-GLIAC and MVP for the Wildcats.
As a junior, Volcy again excelled, leading the Wildcats in scoring (20.4), steals (40) and blocked shots (71) while ranking second on the squad with 7.9 rebounds per game – just behind his brother. NMU finished the season 17-11 overall and finished second in the GLIAC North. Vocly scored over 30 points on four occasions that season, including a career-high 37 against Michigan Tech in the regular-season finale, and he picked up four double-doubles. Volcy was the league leader in scoring and a First Team All-GLIAC pick. He also led the league in blocked shots per game (2.54) and was fifth in rebounding (7.9). He was named NMU Athlete of the Year at the end of the year.
During Volcy’s senior year, the Wildcats were 18-11 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament. He led the squad in scoring (22.5), rebounding (9.6), steals (53), blocks (80) and was second in assists (101) . He ranked second in the league in scoring, was named Player of the Year and was chosen to the All-GLIAC First Team. He led the league in rebounding and blocked shots. Named an All-American selection by the NABC and the NCAA, he was also selected to compete in the prestigious NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star game. At the end of his season, he was named NMU Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season.
“Going to Northern Michigan was the best decision I ever made in my life,” said Volcy. “The day I signed that letter of intent was the best thing I have ever done. Because of Northern, I have been able to do so many things with my life and live my dream. I became a better man and a better person because of my time at Northern Michigan. I owe everything to NMU.”
According to Troy Mattson, current NMU women’s head basketball coach and an assistant to the Wildcats’ men’s team when Volcy played, says the Montreal native was the best to ever play at Northern. “I have been watching and coaching basketball since the early 1970’s. With no disrespect to many of the great players that have played during that time period, I feel that Ricky Volcy is the best player to have played at NMU. His athleticism, competitiveness and understanding of how to play basketball was second to none. He was the best point guard on the court every night and he was a center in our program. His versatility coupled with his will to win is unquestionably the best I have ever seen at NMU.”
Following graduation, Volcy played professionally in Spain, Switzerland, France, Hungary and in his native Canada. He recently partnered with his brother Marco on a nonprofit basketball academy called “Believe in the Youth,” which helps teach children in Canada about basketball, music and life skills.
Volcy and his girlfriend Diana have a four-year-old daughter, Emma. Volcy’s parents are Marc Yves and Marie Michele and he has another older brother Yves Michel.
Tickets for the evening are $20 for adults. They can be purchased at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032. The Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet is sponsored by Hit Trophy (www.hittrophy.com).