Ganoe elected to Fairmont State Athletic Hall of Fame

Martha Ganoe
Potomac State Volleyball Coach Martha Ganoe was elected to the Fairmont State Athletic Hall of Fame.


FAIRMONT, WV — When is an athletic injury a good thing? Ask Potomac State Volleyball Coach Martha Ganoe and she'll tell you it's when that injury helps begin a career.

Friday evening Fairmont State University remembered some of its finest student-athletes when it inducted seven former standouts into the FSU Athletic Association’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet and ceremony at the school’s Falcon Center, one of which was Potomac State's Ganoe.

Ganoe, was a standout volleyball player for the Falcons from 1986-90. The two-time, first-team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection helped lead FSU to a pair of WVIAC Tournament championships and was named MVP of the 1990 league tournament. Fairmont also won the regular-season WVIAC title in 1990. posting its only undefeated conference record (18-0) in school history. The Falcons also set a single-season school record that year with 42 wins.

Ganoe established a school record with 1,806 digs for her career that stood for more than 20 years. Ganoe missed the 1987 season with an injury and ironically says it was that year which had a major impact on her career and future.

“My sophomore year was probably the most impacting year of my life here in school,” said Ganoe. “I was injured that year and was not able to play volleyball, and I spent a year on the bench with coach (Larry Hill). I learned so much about volleyball that year from coach, and we formed a relationship that probably most coaches and athletes don’t ever have the opportunity to form. He’s very special to me. He was my role model, and he and his wife Joyce were my parents away from home.

“After that year I decided I wanted to coach. He got me my first coaching job at East Fairmont High School during my senior year, and after I graduated I spent four years coaching here at Fairmont with him. I’m now in my 22nd year of coaching and my sixth at Potomac State. That year I also decided I wanted to teach and work with special-needs children, and I love it. In addition, if I hadn’t been hurt that year I would’ve never had the opportunity to be a part of the magical 1990 season we enjoyed, and I got the opportunity to play two seasons with my younger sister Mary. I’m very honored and blessed now to be standing here tonight receiving this award.”