Marv Dunphy is one of the most successful American men's volleyball coaches in the history of the sport. Dunphy will soon be entering his 27th season as head men's coach at Pepperdine University, where he has won four NCAA national championships, and is less than 10 wins away from the 500 mark. Under Dunphy's tutelage, 15 different Waves have earned 34 AVCA All-America honors, and six times a Pepperdine player has been named AVCA National Player of the Year, more than any other program.
Dunphy, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994, has excelled at the international level as well, with a long, successful coaching tenure with the U.S. Men's National Team. During his stint as head coach, the American team maintained a No. 1 world ranking and won every major international tournament, highlighted by winning gold at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Since then, he has been a part of four more Olympic Teams, including his role as consultant coach with the gold medal squad of 2008.
Dunphy was a middle blocker at Pepperdine and earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the university. He served as an assistant coach for the Waves before assuming the head coaching duties in 1977. Dunphy, who earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of Southern California, obtained his doctorate degree in the same subject area at Brigham Young University.
"What he can get his players to accomplish would be the envy of any coach who watched him practice his team over a period of time," said Craig Choate in his nomination of Dunphy. "He never fails to bring out the best in his players, and if I had a son playing today, I would want him to play for Dr. Dunphy."