Local resident Dennis Hare has been inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Association Hall of Fame. A special honor for an athlete who was raised in Yucaipa, Dennis' career spanned ap-proximately ten years from 1968-1978.
Highlights of his career include wins at the Hermosa Beach Open with Jim Menges, beating legendary Ron Von Hagen. He also won the first ever Indoor Sand Volleyball Championship in 1974, and won the first ever money tournament in San Diego in 1976. He had eight career Open wins with victories over the young Karch Karily and Sinjin Smith. Dennis was considered one of the most consistent players on the beach, always ending up in the top echelon of each tournament.
Dennis Hare's career as a sand volleyball player continued by winning the Senior Olympic Volleyball tournament three times. He also wrote the first book on instruction of sand volleyball, and later followed it up with a second edition. From his volleyball book, he went into art and is a very successful artist today.
Dennis started his athletic career at Yucaipa High School playing basketball for Coach Kent Hayden. He averaged 26 points a game, receiving All-CIF First Team and All-American Honorable Mention awards. He also made the Inland All-Stars in baseball and faced Bobby Bonds in an All-Star baseball game and pitched against Robie Fingers.
In college, Dennis tried to continue his basketball career, but soon fell in love with volleyball. He started for San Diego State University (SDSU) Volleyball team for two years, which gave him the skills to extend his career on the sand where he excelled. Beach volleyball at this time was played for “gas and pride,” not money. Players like Dennis Hare brought the sport up to such an exciting level that it is now a major Pro Sport. Dennis has retired from Beach Volleyball, but continues to play tennis and enjoy an art career with shows in Laguna Beach, San Francisco, New York, and Florida.