Kevin Twohig was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Born Aug. 18, 1949 he is the oldest of 5 children.
In Phoenix, he graduated from Brophy College Prep high school and then attended Phoenix Community College for one year before transferring to Gonzaga University where he graduated with a BBA.
It was at Phoenix Community College that Kevin first developed his love for volleyball. His time playing on the school’s men’s team was cut short due to injury but he’s never lost his love for the game.
He moved to Spokane, WA to attend Gonzaga University and found volleyball was almost non-existent. His determination to continue with volleyball led him to help start the men’s program in Spokane. He was also co-founder of the annual Food Bank Benefit Volleyball tournament. This one-day Coed Grass Tournament was held annually from 1980 to 1990. The first year 24 teams participated. Each year the event grew until the tenth and final year when 150 teams on 40 outdoor courts participated. Over the ten years, this event raised over $100,000 for the Spokane Food Bank.
At Gonzaga, Kevin met his wife of 45 years, Barbara. Barb is a coach, official and clinician. They have two sons, Eamon and Kyle, both volleyball players, and now two grandchildren. The Twohig family is truly a volleyball family.
Twohig’s USAV participation began at the local level dating back to 1979 when he played on a USVBA men’s club team in Washington. He quickly became involved in all areas of the sport. He became a regional referee in 1983, was appointed to the Evergreen Region Board of Directors in 1985. In 1989, he and Barb founded the first junior boy’s program in Eastern Washington.
He was elected as the Evergreen Region Commissioner in 1991. Twohig served on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors as a Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) representative from 1994-1996. Shortly after election to the Board he joined the USA Volleyball Executive Committee as Treasurer. Following re-organization of the Board in 2008 he was the only Board member transitioned to the new USAV Board. In 2012 he was elected Treasurer of the Board thru the end of his term in 2016. He is currently elected to the Evergreen Region Board as Assistant Commissioner.
Work and volleyball overlap on a regular basis. While Kevin was Evergreen Region Commissioner and General Manager of the Spokane Coliseum, he encouraged the USA National teams to make several visits to Spokane and promoted the matches including a USA vs Brazil exhibition match in the Spokane Coliseum in 1989. In 1991 the USA Womens team with coach Terry Lischevich trained in Spokane for a week and played a match in the Spokane Coliseum. Both the Mens and Womens teams played in the Spokane Arena during its grand opening in 1995.
Kevin was also instrumental in establishing of the Pacific NW Qualifier which was awarded to the Evergreen in 1997 and continues today to be a premier event in the northwest, played in the Convention Center and at other venues in Spokane.
Professionally, Twohig is a Certified Facilities Executive who has worked in the business of operating public assembly facilities for 40 years, and is currently the CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District which includes the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the Spokane Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center. The Spokane Arena, a financially and programmatically successful 12,000-seat sports and entertainment facility in Spokane, Wash., was the site of the 1997 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship which sold-out and set an attendance record. The Spokane Arena has also promoted several successful USA Volleyball National Team events in the Arena, including the 2000 USA Men v. Poland World League matches.
Kevin received the USAV George J Fisher Leader in Volleyball award in May of 2003 and has received numerous professional awards. He was honored with the 2006 IATSE Award, the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau Inland NW Tourism Professional Award, and in 2011 he received the prestigious McElravy Award from the International Association of Venue Management for extraordinary contributions to the profession of public assembly management . Most recently Kevin received the Harold T Friermood “Frier” Award – the highest award given by USA Volleyball for long time significant service to the sport.