|Full name||Douglas Peter Beal|
March 4, 1947 |
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Hometown||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|College(s) attended||Bowling Green University
Ohio State University
|Current team||CEO of USA Volleyball and Manager of National Team|
|Last updated: June 6, 2007|
- Master’s degree in Education from Bowling Green University,
- Doctorate degree in Exercise physiology from Ohio State University
- Doctorate in Humanics from Springfield College
Contributions to the sport of volleyball
As a player
Beal also competed as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1970 to 1976. A five-time All-America player at Ohio State University, he was selected to three U.S. Olympic teams, two World Championships teams, and four NORCECA Zone championship teams. He was the 1969 Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and was voted MVP of the 1975 USVBA Open Championships.
As a coach
United States National Team
Beal was named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1977 and became the driving force for establishing a full-time, year-around volleyball training center. The facility was created in Dayton, Ohio, in 1978. The center moved to San Diego, California in 1981 along with the national team program.
With Beal as head coach of the national team, the United States captured its first-ever gold medal in men's volleyball at the 1984 Olympics. Although he stepped down as head coach following his team’s 1984 gold medal run, Beal’s pioneering offensive and defensive systems continued to impact the U.S. volleyball program, yielding gold medals at the 1985 Volleyball World Cup, the 1986 Volleyball World Championships, and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. After his resignation, Beal became the organization's National Team Center Director from 1985-87. He remained involved with the organization until 1990 when he moved to Italy to coach a top professional team.
Beal returned to the men's national team in July, 1993 as a special assistant to the Executive Director/CEO. He worked closely with former USAV Executive Director John Carroll, and was responsible for FIVB relations and player development for the USA national teams. He worked in that capacity until he accepted the program's head coaching position for the second time in 1997.
During his second leg as head coach of the national team, he guided the team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He became the second coach in USA Volleyball history to guide three teams to the Olympics when Team USA qualified for the 2004 Summer Games by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico with a perfect 6-0 record. In the 2004 Summer Games, he guided his squad to a 4-4 record and to a fourth-place finish overall at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece
Beal served a two-year stint from 1990 to 1992 as head coach of the Italian Professional League’s Mediolanum Gonzaga team in Milan, Italy. MG won the Volleyball World Cup Championship in 1991 and finished third in 1992.
As an administrator
In 1993, Beal was named executive director of the National Volleyball League, the first professional league organized and operated under the auspices of U.S. Volleyball.
In January 2005, Beal was named Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball, the governing body of Volleyball in the United States.
Awards and accolades
Doug Beal was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1989 and was USA Volleyball's first recipient of the All-Time Great Coach Award in 1995. He was named a finalist for the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Greatest Coach of the Century. Beal was also recently selected to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary All-Era Team as a coach during the Men's 1978-2003 era. He was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Beal has written and lectured profusely on the subject of volleyball. His books include:
- Spike, Publisher: Slawson Communications Incorporated 1985 ISBN#0932238300
Beal also contributed on the following:
- Volleyball Coaching Bible (Part 2, Chapter 4: Seeking Excellence in a Program-Going for the Gold) ISBN# 0736039678
- Volleyball: The Keys to Excellence, Volleyball Coaching Tips for the 90’s, Publisher: Sports Support Syndicate; 2nd edition (February 1991) ISBN#1878602365
- "Biography, International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-05-12.