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Men's Volleyball Coach Marv Dunphy Selected to AVCA Hall of Fame
Pepperdine men’s volleyball coaching legend Marv Dunphy received another accolade to add to his lengthy list of career honors on Tuesday, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that he will be inducted into its Hall of Fame later this year. Dunphy will be officially inducted on December 17 at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention in Tampa, Fla.
"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 former assistant coach 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 Dunphy."
Widely recognized as one of the game's premier coaches, Dunphy has directed Pepperdine to four NCAA men's volleyball titles and is heading into his 27th season as the Waves' head coach in 2010.
Dunphy, who holds a career record of 491-189 (.722), is noted for his highly technical approach to the game and diligent training methods. He was the 2005 National Coach of the Year and is a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year. As a result of his training, 18 different Waves have earned 33 All-American first team accolades. Pepperdine players have been named All-Americans 48 times under Dunphy's direction. Six different athletes have gone on to earn National Player of the Year honors in Bob Ctvrtlik (1985), George Roumain (1998, 1999), Brad Keenan (2002, 2003), Sean Rooney (2005), Jonathan Winder (2007) and Paul Carroll (2009). No other men's program has had more POTY recipients than Pepperdine since the American Coaches Volleyball Association began issuing the awards in 1991.
In addition to his coaching of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team, Dunphy has had a long, successful coaching tenure with the U.S. National Team. The American squad maintained a No. 1 world ranking and compiled an impressive overall record of 197-31 (.864) during his time as coach. Additionally, the team won every major international tournament: the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games and, most importantly, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Since then, he has been an assistant coach at the 2000 Olympics and a consultant coach at the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
Dunphy earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Pepperdine University in 1974. He took on coaching duties at Pepperdine while pursuing a master's degree in physical education from the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 1978. He briefly left Pepperdine later that year to earn his doctorate degree in physical education from Brigham Young University, and returned upon completion of the degree in 1981.
The AVCA Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 and the 2009 induction class will bring its total membership to 48.