We start this week off with three more Hall of Fame coaches joining the list of those who have agreed to be interviewed for Volleyball Coaching Wizards – in one case, a multiple Hall of Fame inductee. We also have a highly respected (and decorated) Juniors coach and a member of the USA Volleyball national team staff who also happens to have coached for more than 25 years in the Big Ten.
Mick Haley (USA)
A 2006 AVCA Hall of Fame Inductee, Mick became the first coach of a non-West Coast team to win an NCAA Division I championship when he led Texas to the title in 1988. That wasn’t even his first national championship, though. Mick won a total of 6 junior college championships at Kellogg Community College between 1973 and 1979, amassing over 300 combined wins and earning himself a spot in the Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame. At Texas he won over 500 matches in 17 seasons during which the team won 13 conference titles and make 15 trips to the NCAA tournament. Mick coached the US Women during the 1997-2000 Olympic cycle, finishing 4th overall in Sydney. He has since been at the helm at the University of Southern California we he’s won 2 national championships and made six semifinals appearances, with well over 300 total wins to run his career tally north of 1000 in NCAA Division I alone.
Mike Lingenfelter (USA)
Co-Director of the Munciana club, Mike counts four national championships, four national runner-ups, and three third place finishes to his Juniors club coaching credit. At the high school level he also led Wapahani High School to two state championships and has been awarded state Coach of the Year three times.
Bill Neville (USA)
A member of the 2012 AVCA Hall of Fame class, Bill has been a fixture of the USA national team program for decades, and even coached the Canadian national team for a while. He was an assistant coach during the 1984 Olympics when the US won it’s first gold medal. Bill served as Technical Director for USA Volleyball for much of the 1980s and developed the Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) during that time. He has also coached collegiately at Montana State and the University of Washington.
Jim Stone (USA)
A current member of the USA Volleyball coaching staff, Jim spent 26 seasons as head coach at Ohio State where he amassed over 500 victories. His teams won 3 Big Ten titles and made 15 trips to the NCAA tournament, reaching the semifinals twice. He earned AVCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. His former players include two AVCA Players of the Year and 19 All-Americans. With the USA program, Jim has head coached the Youth National Team at the likes of the NORCECA Championships and World Championships over the last several years. He was also an assistant coach with the Senior Women’s National Team during the FIVB Grand Prix in 20012.
Tom Tait (USA)
A member of the inaugural 2003 AVCA Hall of Fame induction class, Tom is the founder of the Penn State volleyball program. He started with women’s club team in 1974, then started the men’s program in 1976 and coached them until 1989. His teams made 6 NCAA tournament appearances and were runner-up in 1982 to UCLA. Tom was the 1986 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year, was five times the Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year, and earned Coach Emeritus status from the EIVA in 1990. On the international stage, he head coached the U.S. Olympic Festival team and was the 1982 Junior National Team assistant for the Pacific Rim Championships, mentored the 1983 World University Games team, and assisted at the 1983 Pan American Games.