Doug Beal was
playing on the national team in 1970-71, when he
started coaching at university level before
accepting the head coaching position with the
USA men’s team for the first time in 1976 at the
age of 29.
After finishing 13th at the 1982 World
Championships, Beal implemented a new
revolutionary offense and won the first leg of
the elusive Volleyball “triple crown” in 1984
when the USA men captured the country’s
first-ever Volleyball Olympic gold medal.
Victories at the 1985 World
Cup and 1986 World Championships capped off the
American rise to the top of international
Volleyball. The 1984-88 teams received special
recognition in the greatest men’s Volleyball
team of the century category.
Beal resigned as head coach to become the
organization’s National Team Center Director
from 1985-87 before heading to Italy to coach in
Back at the helm of USA in 1997, Beal saw USA
finish ninth at the 2002 World Championships
before claiming fourth position at the 2003
Beal was elected to the Volleyball Hall of Fame
in 1989 and was USA Volleyball’s first recipient
of the All-Time Great Coach Award in 1995. He
was named a finalist for the FIVB Greatest Coach
of the Century. Beal was also recently selected
to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary All-Era
Team as a coach during the Men’s 1978-2002 era.