1993 Men's National Coach of the Year

6/2/1993

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UCLA's Al Scates Named Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year


Colorado Springs, Colo. - Tachikara and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) are pleased to announce that Al Scates of UCLA has been selected as the 1993 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year for NCAA men's volleyball.

The winningest NCAA volleyball coach (men and women) in history, Scates collects his first coach of the year award from the AVCA. Scates, in his 31st year at the helm of UCLA, has an overall career record of 808-130 (.861) and an NCAA record of 613-102 (.857), since 1972.  Scates holds AVCA records in NCAA volleyball (men and women) with most victories (808), best winning percentage for Division 1 (400 victories or more), longest tenure as a volleyball head coach (tied with BYU Women's Head Coach Elaine Michaelis) and most NCAA championships (13).

In 23 years, Scates has led the Bruins to an unprecedented 13 NCAA Championships.  Scates' success began as an undergraduate at UCLA, where he was a volleyball all-American.  He graduated in 1961 and began coaching at his alma mater in 1963.

Wrote Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times, "Al Scates?  Precisely.  The one and only.  The man who is to volleyball what John Wooden was to basketball, Red Sanders was to football, Napoleon to artillery, for all of that."

Scates is the only coach to have guided a team to three successive titles twice (1970-72 and 1974-76) and four straight titles (1981-84).  His 1979 and 1982 teams were undefeated, 30-0 and 29-0, respectively.  With that in mind, you know Scates is a winner and 1993 proved to be no different.  The Bruins, ranked No. 1 in the final AVCA Poll, currently have the best record in the NCAA (22-3).  Last Wednesday the Bruins defeated Stanford, 3-0, in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship.

Active in the AVCA, Scates has served on the weekly national ranking committee since its inception in 1986.  In 1990, Scates completed a five-year term as a board member and chair of the AVCA Men's Committee.

Tachikara will formally present the Coach of the Year Awards this December in Madison, Wisc., home of the 1993 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.  Scates will also be honored at the NCAA Banquet tonight at The Beach Club in Santa Monica, in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship.

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