As coach of Israel's national Woman's volleyball team in the 1960s, Dr. Arie Selinger helped change the face of the sport by introducing new types of quicker offensive systems that include one-sets, crossing plays and combination attacks.
In 1975, he took the head coaching position for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Team. Immediately before the Western nations boycott of the 1980 Olympics, Selinger had his team a gold medal favorite for the approaching Games. But the American team, at the direction of United States president Jimmy Carter, refused to compete in that year.
Four years later, Selinger's U.S. team captured the 1984 volleyball silver medal in Los Angeles, registering the first-ever Olympic volleyball medal for a United States women's team.
In 1992, the Selinger-coached Netherlands men's Olympic volleyball team won the silver medal. He coached the Japanese women's national volleyball team 1992-2006.
Selinger was born in Poland and spent 1942-45 in the Bergen-Belzen concentration camp before immigrating to Palestine. He was a member of the Israeli National Volleyball Team 1954-63, and a first division active player through 1969.
Selinger's innovations and team successes resulted in his election to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995.