Hall of Fame - Bill Neville

 

Over the past four decades, there is little Bill Neville hasn't done in the volleyball arena. Starting his career in 1967 as the head coach of the All-Army Volleyball Team, Neville established himself as one of the top coaches in the domestic and international game.

 

In the 1968 Olympic Games held in Mexico City, he served as the U.S. Men's Assistant Coach before becoming the temporary head coach of the Women's National Team in the 1972 Olympics. After the short stint he went north of the border that year to be the Canadian National Team's Head Coach, making him not only the first full-time coach the Canadian program has seen, but the youngest to serve as an Olympics Head Coach of any sport at the time.

 

He then stepped away from the international scene after his second Olympics to become the head coach at Montana State University. However, he couldn't resist the lure of the National Team once again joining the men as the assistant coach. When he first took over the program it was ranked 19th in the world, but by the end of the 1984 Olympics the squad finished with their first-ever gold being revered as one of the best teams of all time.

 

Neville went on to share the next six years coaching Montana State and the U.S. Men's National Team while also serving as a USA Volleyball Technical Director for two years. As technical director he developed the organization's Coaching Accreditation Program, or CAP, which is still in use today.

 

In 1991, he was hired to be the new head coach at the University of Washington. While at the helm of the Huskies, Neville led Washington to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a regional semifinal spot in 1997. He earned the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1996 as the Huskies went 23-8 after a 13-13 campaign the previous season.

 

He currently serves as the National Commissioner of Coaches Education, holding that position since 2003. He has parlayed his incredible knowledge of training into three books and has produced numerous instructional articles and videos. Through his company Nevillizms Inc., he continues to study and develop new and effective approaches to training and competing based on the rule modifications and trends in the game.

 

"Maybe more important than any technical thing he's done is the fact that Bill is so generous with his time, with anyone in the sport we care so deeply about - coaches, administrators, officials and especially players," said former player and current Women's National Team Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly. "He transmits a passion for this game as well as anyone I've known. Not long ago I ran into another former player who told me he was inspired to coach after attending a Bill Neville clinic in 1985 and getting to hear stories about the 1984 Olympics team. I've heard that a lot about Bill, and that's the highest praise I can think of."

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