Hall of Fame - Carl McGown


Carl McGown has over 30 years of international coaching experience under his belt. After serving as an assistant coach for the United States in the 1970 World Championships in Bulgaria, he went on to become head coach of the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team from 1973-1976,  later taking on the role of technical advisor to the National Team in 1980. Since then, McGown has mentored teams in seven different Olympic Games and has also coached the National Team in seven different World Championships, including 1974, '82, '86, '90, '94, '98 and '02. In addition, McGown has coached in the World University Games, as well as the Pan American Games. His most recent head coaching experience was in the 2007-08 Swiss A League, where he led LUC to the regular season title, the Coppe Suisse Championship and the Swiss League Championship. 

McGown is also the first coach in Brigham Young University men's volleyball history, having led the Cougars through 13 seasons of NCAA competition. He compiled a career record  of 225-137 (.622) while at the helm, in addition to winning two NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship titles and twice garnering Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year honors.  McGown is the founder of Gold Medal Squared, a provider of volleyball camps and clinics across the United States and Canada, and is a member of the FIVB Coaching Commission.

McGown graduated from Long Beach City College in 1961 and earned a master's degree in physical education in 1964 from BYU. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. in both Motor Skill Learning and Administration from the University of Oregon in 1971. He is also an accomplished author, having worked on six books and appearing in numerous scholarly publications and journals.

"I consider Dr. McGown the greatest mind if the game of volleyball today," wrote University of Washington head women's volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin in his endorsement letter of McGown.  "In fact, in my estimation, because of his practice methods, systems and match preparation, he is the best volleyball coach in the United States, and, probably, in the world today."