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Spring Conference Presenters

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 Hugh McCutcheon Photo


Hugh McCutcheon
, head coach, U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team

   A Teaching Practice with the National Teams: Training and Feedback for Optimal Performance (Friday 9:00 - Noon) 

   Adapting Defensive Systems to the Women's Game (Saturday 10:45)

Less than four months after leading the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing en route to being named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year, McCutcheon became the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial.  McCutcheon has recently finished his second year as women's head coach, which was characterized by a markedly improved won-loss record and medals in three of four tournaments.

On February 10th, 2011 it was announced that Hugh McCutcheon had accepted the offer to become the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Minnesota. McCutcheon will continue to fulfill his current obligations with USA Volleyball and join the Gophers as their full-time head coach at a mutually agreed upon date in the future.

 

 

Karch Kiraly Photo

Karch Kiraly, assistant coach, U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team

   A Teaching Practice with the National Teams: Training and Feedback for Optimal Performance (Friday 9:00 - Noon)
   Serving and Passing: International Trends & Ways to Make American Players More Proficient (Friday 4:00)
   Adapting Defensive Systems to the Women's Game (Saturday 10:45)

Karch Kiraly, the most decorated player in the history of volleyball and an international legend - both indoor and on the beach - was named an assistant coach of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team in April of 2009. U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon hired Kiraly as an assistant coach for the program which won the 2008 Olympic Games silver medal in Beijing.

Kiraly, has been recognized by many as the greatest volleyball player ever. He is the only volleyball player -male or female - to win Olympic Games gold medals in both the indoor and beach volleyball disciplines. Further, Kiraly is the first volleyball player - and one of only two ever - to win three gold medals in the sport.

 

AlanKnipe


Alan Knipe
, head coach, U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team

   A Teaching Practice with the National Teams: Training and Feedback for Optimal Performance (Friday 9:00 - Noon)

USA Volleyball named Alan Knipe its U.S. Men's Team head coach on April 1, 2009. In his first season with the team, Knipe finished with a 16-6 record, including a victory at the World Championship Qualifier, a second-place finish at the NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth-place finish in the FIVB World League. In 2010, he led the U.S. Men to a 14-7 record, including a sixth place finish at the FIVB World Championship and an eight place in the FIVB World League.

To coach the U.S. Men, Knipe, 41, took a leave of absence from Long Beach State, where he has been the head coach for the past nine years. Two of Knipe's former players - David Lee and Scott Touzinsky - were members of the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team that won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. Knipe was an assistant coach when U.S. Team Captain Tom Hoff played at Long Beach State.

 

Gary Sato Photo

Gary Sato, assistant coach, U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team

   A Teaching Practice with the National Teams: Training and Feedback for Optimal Performance (Friday 9:00 - Noon)
   Training the Libero: Who, How. and Why A Good One is Critical to Success (Friday 2:00)

Dr. Gary Sato (Los Angeles) had been involved with the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team for more than 20 years when he rejoined the team as assistant coach under Head Coach Alan Knipe in the summer of 2009. In his first year back as an assistant coach, he helped the team to a 16-6 record, including a victory at the FIVB World Championship Qualifier, a second-place finish at the NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth-place in the FIVB World League.

Sato first served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Team from 1984-88, including the team that won the 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul. Sato served as head coach for the U.S. Men's gold-medal win at the 1985 FIVB World Cup in Japan and was voted the Most Valuable Coach of the tournament. In 1992 he returned as assistant coach for the Olympic Team that won the bronze medal.

 

2008 HOF - Brian Gimmillaro

 

Brian Gimmillaro, head women's coach, Long Beach State

   Training Your Setter for Effectiveness and Efficiency: New Ways to Teach an Old Skill
(Friday 1:00)

Long Beach State graduate, Brian Gimmillaro has continually taken the 49ers to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful volleyball programs over the past two decades. Because of Gimmillaro, Long Beach State has earned three National Championships, eight Final Fours, 13 NCAA Regionals and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances. Gimmillaro has amassed a striking .806 winning percentage (678-163) over 25 seasons, and is looking to become just the eighth coach in Division I history to reach 700 career wins. In 2008, Gimmillaro was part of the three-person class inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame, honoring individuals who have greatly contributed to the game of volleyball.

 

 

 

Rob Patrick Photo

 

Robert Patrick, head women's coach, University of Tennessee

   Scouting an Opponent: What YOU Need to Know (Saturday 9:00)


Since taking over at Tennessee in 1997, Rob Patrick has become the program's all-time wins leader and is also its longest tenured head coach. Patrick has twice earned National Coach of the Year honors and guided the Lady Vols to the 2005 NCAA Final Four.

Patrick's coaching highlights include: 2005 NCAA Final Four, Six NCAA Tournament appearances, All-time Tennessee wins leader, Coached seven All-Americans, and AVCA President-Elect.

 

 

 

Anne Kordes Photo

 

Anne Kordes, head women's coach, University of Louisville

   Presenting a Game Plan: Essential Information and Avoiding Overload (Saturday 9:45)

Louisville native, Anne Kordes, was named the head volleyball coach at her alma mater, the University of Louisville in January of 2011. She is just the sixth head coach in the program's storied history and succeeds her collegiate coach, Leonid Yelin, who retired as U of L's winningest coach after a 15-year tenure.

In seven seasons at Saint Louis, Kordes led the Billiken volleyball program to unparalleled success, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. Her squad was selected as the "All-Sports Trophy Champion" as the top I-AAA women's volleyball program in the country by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association in 2008. Individually, she is a three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, and in 2008 she garnered CVU.com (Collegiate Volleyball Update) National and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year plaudits.

 

John Kosty Photo

 

John Kosty, head men's coach, Stanford University

   Training the Opposite: When You Don't Have a Clay Stanley or Destinee Hooker, How to Make This Positiion an Effective Part of Your Offense" (Friday 3:00) 


Entering his 21st season on the Stanford men's volleyball staff and fifth as head coach, reigning National Coach of the Year, John Kosty, has guided Stanford on a remarkable "Worst to First" journey. Just three years after Stanford went 3-25 in his first season as head coach, the Cardinal captured the NCAA championship in dominating fashion, even on a historical scale. Kosty arrived at Stanford in 1991 and was an assistant under Ruben Nieves with the 1997 squad that won the national championship and has helped coach four conference championship teams and 14 teams that finished ranked among the nation's Top 10.