Spring Conference Presenters
Mike Sealy, head women's coach, UCLA
In just his second year as the head coach of the UCLA women's volleyball team, Michael Sealy led the Bruins to the program's fourth NCAA title and seventh national championship. The Bruins posted a 30-6 record and defeated four-time defending champion Penn State, #1 overall seed Texas, Florida State and Illinois en route to the championship.
Sealy, with a two-year record of 52-15 (.776), was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2011. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 Conference with a 17-5 record. Six players were honored on the All-Conference teams, while junior Rachael Kidder, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament, was a first-team All-America and All-Region selection.
Sealy earned his second national championship at UCLA. A four-year letterwinner with the men's volleyball team (1990-93), Sealy won the program's 14th NCAA title in his senior season.
Kevin Hambly, head women's coach, University of Illinois
Volleyball Magazine has released its postseason honors for the 2011 season and Illinois' Kevin Hambly has been named the publication's National Coach of the Year.
Hambly, in his eighth year at Illinois and third as head coach, led Illinois to the national runner-up spot last month. The Illini spent four weeks at No. 1 in both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine polls, the first time the Illini reached that pinnacle. The Illini swept the season series from four-time defending national champion Penn State for the first time in school history and earned the No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Hambly has posted a record of 82-20 in his three years at Illinois, including a 32-5 mark in 2011. Only three Illinois teams in history won more games, and the Simi Valley, Calif., native guided the Illini to first Final Four in 23 years and third in school history. Never before in program history had the team reached the title match.
Mick Haley, head women's coach, University of Southern California
Mick Haley, who was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2006, has spent 35 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level as well as serving as the United States head coach for the 2000 Olympic Team. In 11 seasons at USC, Haley has coached the Women of Troy to two national championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as six NCAA Final Four appearances. USC has finished nationally in the top five a total of seven times during his tenure.
In his 35 years as a collegiate head coach, Haley boasts a 1,057-252-1 (.807) career women's record and a 806-201 (.800) mark in 26 years at the Division I level. He ranks seventh among the NCAA's winningest active coaches according to win percentage (.800) and fourth for all active coaches by victories (806). While at USC and Texas, his teams have won a total of 17 conference championships.
Anne Kordes, head women's coach, University of Louisville
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.
Karch Kiraly, assistant coach, U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team
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.
Mike Hebert, former head women's volleyball coach, Minnesota
Hebert, who retired in January of 2011 after 35 years of coaching Division1 Women's Volleyball has written numerous volleyball-related articles, produced several instructional videos, and has written two books. He also served as President of the AVCA from 1987-1989.
After coaching stops at Pitt and New Mexico, Hebert relocated to the Midwest and launched his Big Ten coaching career which lasted for 28 years (13 at Illinois and 15 at Minnesota). He won five Conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 25 of those seasons. He also took his teams to five Final Four's. (1987, 1988, 2003, 2004, and 2009). During his career he developed 58 all-conference selections and 21 All American selections. He also coached 11 USA National Team members and two USA Olympians. He has coached in the USA program on several occasions, including the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara from which he recently returned. Mike Hebert has also been named to the AVCA Hall of Fame (in 2006), and was selected as a USAV All Time Great Coach (2011).
Marv Dunphy, head men's volleyball coach, Pepperdine
Widely recognized as one of the game's premier coaches, Dr. Marv Dunphy has directed Pepperdine to four NCAA men's volleyball titles and is heading into his 29th season as the Waves' head coach in 2012. Dunphy, who holds a career record of 518-214 (.708), is noted for his highly technical approach to the game and diligent training methods. He was the 2005 National Coach of the Year and is a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year.
Dunphy has had a long, successful coaching tenure with the U.S. National Team. The American squad maintained a No. 1 world ranking and compiled an impressive overall record of 197-31 (.864) during his time as coach. In the spring of 2011, Dunphy was awarded the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award for his part in leading the U.S. National Team to gold in Beijing.
In 1994, Dunphy was formally recognized for his immense contribution to the sport, as he was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. His 1988 Olympic Team was inducted in the fall of 1999. He was also put into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December 2009. In 2006, Volleyball Magazine selected Dunphy as one of the "30 Most Recognizable Names in Volleyball."
Bill Ferguson, head men's volleyball coach, University of Southern California
It took sixth-year USC men's volleyball head coach Bill Ferguson just a short time to put the Trojans back on the nation's volleyball map. He was promoted to lead the USC program on May 16, 2006.
He has a 85-58 record in his 5 seasons at USC, with 2 trips to the NCAA Championships, an MPSF regular season crown and an MPSF tourney title. He has gone 9-2 against crosstown rival UCLA.
In 2011, he was named MPSF Coach of the Year as his fifth USC team went 23-4 (USC's most wins since 1999) and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in 3 years, where it fell in the semifinals. The Trojans went 20-2 in the MPSF (their most league victories since 1986), won their first MPSF regular season title since 1999 (the first outright since 1991) and were the runner-up in the MPSF tourney. USC was ranked No. 1 nationally the entire season until finishing third in the final poll. Along the way, the Trojans won 12 consecutive matches (their longest streak since a school-record 30 in 1990-91), 17 straight home matches (their longest streak since a school-record 19 in 1999-2001) and 11 MPSF matches in a row (their most since 18 in 1991-92).
Al Scates, head men's volleyball coach, UCLA
Scates' 49-year coaching record of 1,217-282 (.812) is one of the best in collegiate sports. That record ranks first among all Division I volleyball coaches. In addition to their 19 NCAA titles, won in 1970-71-72-74-75-76-79-81-82-83-84-87-89-93-95-96-98-2000-06, the Bruins also won USVBA collegiate championships in 1965 and '67 under Scates' stewardship. He is the only coach to have guided his team to three successive titles three times, including four straight from 1981-84. Scates was named Coach of the Year in 1984, '87, '93, '96, '98 and 2006. During his five decades at UCLA, he has coached 52 different first-team NCAA and 26 USVBA All-Americans, 44 U.S. National Team members, 27 Olympians and seven different Players of the Year. Scates became the first active coach to be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Holyoke, MA, in October of 1993.
The former UCLA All-American has traveled the world as both a player and coach, and is recognized as one of the United States' foremost volleyball authorities. In the summer of 1997, he guided a contingent of current and former collegiate players at the World University Games in Sicily. In 1999, Scates served as the Head Coach of the USA Team that competed in the World University Games in Mallorca, Spain.
Mark Pavlik, head men's volleyball coach, Penn State University
Capturing the 2008 NCAA National Championship and helping build the Nittany Lions into one of the premier men's volleyball powers in the nation, Pavlik has compiled a career record of 414-120, winning more than 77 percent of his matches. Within the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), Pavlik's teams have been even more dominating, racking up 183 wins and only suffering five league losses in 17 years (.973).
Over the past 25 years, Pavlik has gained considerable experience coaching at the international, national, collegiate and high school levels. He was a member of the AVCA Board of Directors as well as chairman of the AVCA All-America committee. Pavlik was also named EIVA Coach of the Year from 1995-97 and served as the Head of Delegation for the defending Olympic Champion USA men's volleyball team at the America's Cup in Brazil in September, 2008.
During the summer of 1995, Pavlik was a member of the coaching staff of the World University Games team that competed in Japan and finished eighth out of 30 teams. Former Nittany Lion captains Ed Josefoski and Kevin Hourican were team members.
Sam Shweisky, head men' s volleyball coach, Princeton University
Sam Shweisky, whose coaching experience has brought him both throughout the country and overseas, didn't waste any time making an immediate impact as the head coach of the Princeton men's volleyball program. In his first year at the helm, he guided Princeton to its first EIVA final since 1998 and earned the EIVA Bob Sweeney Head Coach of the Year honor during an impressive 2010 season.
Shweisky, who also serves as the assistant coach to Sabrina King during the women's season, helped a men's team that lost four starters to graduation to a second-place record in the EIVA regular season, which included four 3-2 home victories. After a victory over Sacred Heart in the quarterfinal, Princeton earned its first semifinal win in 13 years with a 3-1 victory over George Mason. Princeton led eventual NCAA championship finalist Penn State by five points in the opening set before falling to the Eastern power.
David Rehr, head women's volleyball coach, Arkansas State University
Rehr becomes the seventh head coach in ASU volleyball history after serving as the head volleyball coach at Blinn College the previous nine years. During his time at Blinn he led the Buccaneers to two NJCAA National Championships (2008 and 2011), was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year, a three-time AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and a nine-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year.
While at Blinn, Rehr posted a 313-35 record and led the Buccaneers to eight regional championships including six straight from 2003-08. He helped Blinn win its first national championship in 2008, guiding the Buccaneers to a 33-2 mark. He again led Blinn to a national title in 2011 with a perfect 38-0 record that ended with a four-set victory over Western Wyoming in the NJCAA National Championship match.
Rick Reynolds, head women's coach, Western Wyoming Community College
Rick Reynolds is entering his fourth season with Western Wyoming Community College. In his three years with the Mustangs, he has led the team to an 80-53 record and a 31-11 record in Region IX North play. The 2010 season saw Western Wyoming achieve a level never reached by another Wyoming NJCAA school with the Mustangs being ranked #2 in the nation and finishing 3rd at the NJCAA National Championship. The 40 wins were the most ever recorded in Western Wyoming history.
Since taking over the program, Reynolds has been voted the 2008 and 2010 WCCAC Coach of the Year by his peers, while also being named Region IX North and District I Coach of the Year in 2010. Eleven players have made the All-Region Team and 10 have made the WCCAC All-Conference Team. This past season, he coached Olivera Medic who became a 1st Team NJCAA All-American, 1st Team AVCA All-American, Region IX North Player of the Year and Region IX North Freshman of the Year.
Dr. Mike Voight, assistant professor, Sports Psychology, Central Connecticut State Univeristy
Michael Voight, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Sport Psychology Consultant Department of Physical Education and Human Performance at Central Connecticut State University. Voight has been a sport psychology consultant for the USC volleyball team for the past eleven years. He conducts research on student-athlete experiences, coach and leadership effectiveness, team building, mental training effectiveness, and generational issues for today's coaches. Voight shares the results from his research as a presenter at numerous national and international conferences on sport psychology and coaching effectiveness. In addition, he is the author of a complete line of mental toughness training books.