Hector Lebron Athlete Profile

#9 Hector Lebron

Hector Lebron
Position: Setter Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 Roster Years: 1997-2001 Hometown: San Juan, PR Hall of Fame: 2012 Last School: San Ignacio

  • 2012 Men's Volleyball




All-America

  • 1997 Freshman Team
  • 1999 Second Team
  • 2001 First Team

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee

As a member of the BYU Men’s Volleyball Team from 1997–2001, Hector Lebron led the Cougars to two National Championships, setting a myriad of records along the way.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lebron competed at Colegio San Ignacio High where he earned Athlete of the Year honors  as a senior and attracted the attention of many colleges, including BYU.

His freshman year, Lebron had 1,128 assists and was named to the AVCA All-Freshman Team. Against Pepperdine, he had 115 assists—the second-most assists in a single match in BYU history.

As a sophomore, Lebron split time with teammate and fellow setter, Chris Pitzak. Together, the two of them led BYU to a 16–6 record and prepared the team for one of its best seasons yet in 1999.

Lebron made a name for himself his junior year, leading BYU to its first-ever NCAA Volleyball National Championship. His 1,505 assists for the season still ranks third in the BYU record books for single-season individual assists. He also earned Second-Team AVCA All-America honors and was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team.

After a redshirt year in 2000, Lebron came back stronger than ever to lead the Cougars to another NCAA Championship in 2001. With 1,235 assists, Lebron was named First-Team All-American, Volleyball Magazine’s National Player of the Year, and First-Team All-MPSF. He was also named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Icing on the cake of a prolific career, Hector finished second  all-time on the assists leader board at BYU with 4,378.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Lebron stayed another year at BYU as an assistant coach, before leaving to play for the Puerto Rican National Volleyball Team. He was selected as the best setter in the Puerto Rico Superior League, named to the league’s all-tournament team, and won a national championship with the Patriotas de Laves in 2002 and with the Changos de Naranjito in 2004. In 2003, Lebron played in Europe on the UPTC Cartagena Volleyball Team in the Spanish  Superliga.

After ending his volleyball career, Lebron went to law school; he is currently an attorney—and the senior associate at Ferraivoli, LLC—who frequently assists others with pro bono legal work.

Throughout his volleyball career, Lebron has enjoy great support from his family, particularly his mother. Hector and his fiancee, Nivia B. Gonzalez Lopez, are engaged to be married in December.

Personal

Born in Puerto Rico...mother is Irma Gonzalez...psychology major...hobbies include listening to music, hanging out with friends and playing dominoes...favorite type of music is reggae...hopes to attend dental school and become an orthodontist in the future... recruited by George Mason, Lewis and New Jersey Tech...current member of the Puerto Rican National team.

Before BYU

Received 1996 Athlete of the Year honors at Colegio San Ignacio High in San Juan, Puerto Rico...competed on the Puerto Rico All-Alliance team...participated in the all-star game at the 1995 Puerto Rico prep tournament...Puerto Rico Youth National Team...also played basketball in high school.

Stats

 

Year-by-Year stats
Year MP GP K K/G E TA PCT A SA SE RE D BS BA TB B/G BE BHE
1997 21 68 29 0.43 12 73 0.233 1128 9 23 1 102 7 79 86 1.26 11 34
1998 16 35 15 0.43 5 34 0.294 510 3 8 0 42 0 51 51 1.46 4 7
1999 30 84 51 0.61 17 105 0.324 1505 6 11 0 149 10 103 113 1.35 19 24
2001 84 24 62 2.58 13 119 0.412 1141 4 12 1 94 4 84 88 3.67 16 21
Total 151 211 157 0.74 47 331 0.33 4284 22 54 2 387 21 317 338 1.60 50 86


1997 | Freshman Year

Named to All-Freshman Team...had 115 assists versus Pepperdine...recorded 12 blocks in match against Stanford.

1998 | Sophomore Year

Played in 16 of 22 matches...had 62 assists against UCSB...was second on the team in total assists with 510.

1999 | Junior Year

Member of the 1999 NCAA National Championship team...Earned second-team AVCA All-America and third-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors...finished the season with a career-high 1,505 assists, including a single-game high 102 assists against Hawai'i (Feb. 19)...produced 51 kills on the season, including 41 of those during league play...ranked third on the team with a .423 hitting percentage against league opponents...recorded 15 straight serves in the Cougars 15-0 win over American University.

2001 | Senior Year

Member of the 2001 NCAA National Championship team ... First-Team All-American ... Volleyball Magazine's National Player of the Year ... NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team ... First-Team All-MPSF ... totaled 1235 assists while averaging 13.57 per game ... hit for 67 kills with a .419 hitting percentage ... added 104 digs and 94 blocks.