COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. May 15, 2003 - Former Brigham Young University head coach Carl McGown has joined the coaching staff of the USA men's national volleyball team as a consultant, USA Volleyball announced on Thursday.
McGown is no stranger to USA Volleyball. From 1973-76 he served as head coach of the USA men's national team and was a technical advisor for the 1980 men's national team before serving as a men's assistant coach for Team USA in five consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000).
Last year in Argentina, as assistant to Team USA head coach Doug Beal, he coached at his eighth World Championship since 1970 (1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002).
"I think we're just incredibly lucky to be able to work out an arrangement where we can add a coach of Carl's experience and stature to our staff as we head towards the qualifying process, and ultimately the Olympic Games," said Beal. "My relationship with Carl goes back more than 30 years, and there is nobody I can think of who I would rather have on my staff helping to train players and to prepare the team for the qualification process and the Olympics.
"In the world of volleyball, if I were going to pick up the phone and ask one person's opinion on any subject, the first person I would call would be Carl.
"He brings a really unique ability to teach and as diverse and extensive and experienced background as anybody we can ever have."
"It's exciting to be able to have the opportunity to work with Doug, Hugh (McCutcheon) and Rob (Browning)," said McGown. "They are all good friends and wonderful coaches."
In addition to his vast national team experience, McGown brings a wealth of experience and success as a collegiate head coach to the team.
He retired from BYU in 2002 after 14 seasons as the only head coach of the men's volleyball program.