Quiet day today as Mark is getting ready for the start of the German championship finals (best of 7 series) and John is buckling down on his PhD research. Time enough to report the most significant commitment to the list of Volleyball Coaching Wizards interviewees, though. You speak to a lot of coaches out there and they will cite him as something they consider a major influence on volleyball coaching.
We also get to add to the list an extremely accomplished coach most folks have never heard of, which is exactly part of what this project is about. That brings the committed tally up to 11 after only a couple of days of reaching out to nominees.
Carl McGown (USA)
A 2010 AVCA Hall of Fame inductee, Carl is widely considered one of the world’s best coaches and a key proponent of motor learning in volleyball. His coaching experience dates back to being assistant coach for the US team at the 1970 World Championships. He was head coach for the US men from 1973 to 1976 and technical advisor to the program in 1980. Since then, McGown has mentored teams in seven different Olympic Games and has also coached the National Team in seven different World Championships, including 1974, ’82, ’86, ’90, ’94, ’98 and ’02. Carl was the first coach in Brigham Young University men’s volleyball history and over 13 seasons he compiled a career record of 225-137, with two NCAA titles – twice garnering Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year honors. Carl’s most recent head coaching experience was in the 2007-08 Swiss A League, where he led LUC to the regular season title, the Coppe Suisse Championship and the Swiss League Championship.
Ismo Peltoarvo (Sweden)
The nomination we got for Ismo suggested he could have been acknowledged as one of the world’s great coaches if he had ventured outside Sweden, where he has stayed for family reasons. He won his first championship in the 1983-84 season and has won more than 20 other domestic and international titles since, not to mention numerous runner-up finishes. He did two stints leading the Swedish women’s national team and one with the women’s Junior national team, coached several different men’s and women’s club teams, and even took a girls’ school team to 3rd place in the 1992 World School Championships.