Carl McGown served as head coach of the USA Men's National Volleyball Team from 1973-1976 and became a technical advisor to the National Team in 1980. Since then, McGown has coached in seven different Olympic Games. McGown has also coached the National Team in seven different World Championships, including 1970, '74, '82, '86, '90, '94, '98 and '02. McGown has also coached in the World University Games, as well as the Pan American Games.
McGown, the first coach in Brigham Young University men's volleyball history, guided the Cougars through 13 seasons of NCAA competition. In addition to winning two National Championships and twice earning AVCA National Coach of the Year honors, McGown has compiled a record of 225-137 (.622). McGown is the founder of Gold Medal Squared, a provider of volleyball camps and clinics across the United States and Canada.
For twenty-three seasons, Terry Pettit was the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at the University of Nebraska. During his tenure his teams won twenty-one conference championships and lead the nation in both All American selections and Academic All American honors. In 1995 he led Nebraska to its first national championship in women's volleyball in a career that saw his teams ranked in the top ten for seventeen consecutive seasons. In 1986, 1994 and 1996 he was selected as national coach of the year honors. In 2005 he was awarded "All Time Great Coach" by the United States Volleyball Association.
For the past six years he has been presenting workshops and mentoring coaches, administrators and business leaders on leadership and team-building. He currently directs leadership academies at Creighton University and the University of Denver mentors coaches at seven universities. Each year he also conducts a retreat for extraordinary coaches during the summer in Vail, Colorado. Pettit's new book, Talent and the Secret Life of Teams, is available at www.terrypettit.com.
Since arriving at Florida in 1991, Wise has propelled a once lackluster program into the epitome of excellence. In 2008, she guided the Gators to their 18th-straight SEC regular-season title, setting an NCAA Division I women's volleyball record for most consecutive conference championships won.
A pioneer with tremendous vision, passion and enthusiasm for the sport of volleyball, Wise's penchant for prosperity on the court has also transcended into the regional community. Florida ranked among the top-10 schools in the nation in attendance for the 18th year in a row in 2008, as countless Gator fans moved through the turnstiles at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center to provide Florida with one of the most electric, intimidating and inspiring volleyball venues in the country. In the last eight years, more than a quarter of a million fans have moved through the turnstiles of the "O' Dome" to cheer on Gator volleyball. The NCAA recognized the enthusiasm of Gator fans by awarding Florida NCAA Regional hosting duties in 2006 and 2007, as UF became the first school to host back-to-back regionals and the first to host three total regionals since the pre-determined format was adopted in 2003.
Veteran head coach Beth Launiere has built the University of Utah volleyball team from the ground up, making it one of the premiere programs in the nation. Launiere took over in 1990, looking to straighten out a team that won only one match in 1989. In her 19 years, she has sculpted the Utes into a top-25 power and earned her 300th win with the program in 2005.
Launiere's impact on the sport goes well beyond the court. Since 2004 she has guided volleyball on the national stage as a member of the AVCA Board of Directors, currently serving as its president. She recently finished a three-year term as the Division I Coaches Volleyball Representative and prior to that served on the AVCA's All-America committee for five years.
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Alan Knipe, head coach, U.S. Men's National Team
Tracy McWilliams-Smith, associate head coach, Texas State