1996 Men's National Coach of the Year


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UCLA'S Al Scates Selected 1996 Tachikara/AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is pleased to announce that UCLA's Al Scates has been selected the 1996 Tachikara/AVCA Men's National Coach of the Year.

"I am extremely honored that my peers voted me Coach of the Year," Scates said.

The winningest collegiate volleyball coach in history (894-138) added another record to his impressive resumé by winning his 16th national championship, equaling Houston golf coach Dave Williams' NCAA record.  Scates took a team with only two starters returning from the 1995 national championship squad to the No. 1 ranking in the final USA TODAY/AVCA Coaches Top 15 Poll.

"In the beginning of the year we were picked fifth in our MPSF poll," Scates said.  "The key to our success was the development of the four new starters."

The Bruins claimed wins over Hawai'i (twice), UC Santa Barbara, Cal StateNorthridge (three times) and Stanford.  UCLA claimed its fourth consecutive MPSF-Mountain Division crown with a 15-4 conference record.

In his 34 years at the Bruins' helm, Scates has coached 45 first-team all-Americans, 30 U.S. National Team members, 13 Olympians and seven different AVCA National Players of the Year.

Scates was the 1993 honoree as the AVCA/Tachikara Men's National Coach of the Year.  Last May, he was selected as one of the inaugural recipients of USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Volleyball Coaches Award.  In October of 1993, he became the first active coach to be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

This summer Scates will serve as a consultant with the U.S. Men's Olympic Team in Atlanta.

The formal presentation of the award will be made Dec. 19, 1996, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the AVCA national convention.

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