Volleyball Mourns Ex-USA Coach McGown
COLORADO SPRINGS, USA, January 5, 2017 – The world of volleyball
is mourning former USA coach Carl McGown, who died on December
30 aged 79.
McGown was involved with the US men’s volleyball programme for
over 30 years, as a coach, leader and mentor. He was also coach
for Brigham Young University.
He first became involved with the national team as an assistant
coach for the US men’s team at the Bulgaria 1970, FIVB
Volleyball World Championship. McGown was then made head coach
from 1973-1976, which included leading the team at the Mexico
1974, World Championship.
From then on he was in or around the team for the next 20 years.
McGown returned in 1982 as a technical advisor and oversaw the
team’s first Olympic gold at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
He was involved in the next six Olympic campaigns, two of which
– Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008 – finished with the USA atop the
After the 1974 World Championship, McGown was part of the USA
delegations for the next six, up to and including Argentina
At Brigham Young McGown led the team to three national titles
before volleyball became a National Collegiate Athletic
Association-sponsored (NCAA) sport. Later they won the NCAA
title in 1999 and 2001.
One of his players at BYU was Hugh McCutcheon, who later went on
to lead the USA men’s team to gold at Beijing 2008 and women’s
team to silver at London 2012.
McGown was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches
Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and in 2014 USA Volleyball
awarded him the James E. Coleman National Team Award.
He is survived by his wife Susan Hammond McGown and two sons,
Christopher, who was the head of the BYU men’s volleyball team
from 2012-15, and Paul.
The couple also has five grandchildren.