You know you’ve earned some respect when other Wizards are recommending you for this project. That is the case with all three of today’s additions.
Craig Fail (UK)
As head coach of the Scottish Women’s National Team, Craig led the team to bronze in the 2013 CEV Small Countries Division Final and to qualification for the 2015 edition taking place this month. He spent several years as assistant with the Scottish men’s senior national team, as well as head coach of the Junior team. At the club level where he has coached for nearly 30 years, Craig’s 2003 Falkirk women’s team win the 2003 Scottish Cup, and his 2014-15 City of Edinburgh VC women won the Division I title, the Division I play-offs, and the National Cup Final.
Marilyn McReavy-Nolen (USA)
A member of the original class of AVCA Hall of Fame inductees in 2003, Marilyn was specifically cited by Ruth Nelson below during Ruth’s own induction speech in 2014 as being one of volleyball coaching’s luminaries. She became only the 3rd coach to reach 800 wins in NCAA Division I, and did it over 31 seasons with six different programs. Her honors include induction in to the Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 1978, being named a “Leader in Volleyball” in 1992 by USA Volleyball, selection as one of the inaugural recipients of USA Volleyball’s All-Time Great Coaches Award in 1996, and the AVCA Founders Award in 1999.
Ruth Nelson (USA)
An inductee into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2014 – which at least one other Wizard coach thinks was a ridiculously long wait – Ruth doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. Ruth racked up more than 500 victories during a 16-year NCAA Division I collegiate coaching career, and coached the likes of Flo Hyman and Rita Crockett. She also served under Arie Selinger as assistant coach of the US national team, as well as head coach of the Junior national team, in the World University Games, and in Major League Volleyball