Mary Jo Peppler

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Mary Jo Peppler
Personal information
Full name Mary Joan Peppler
Born October 17, 1944 (1944-10-17) (age 72)
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Mary Joan "Mary Jo" Peppler (born October 17, 1944)[1] is a retired American volleyball player and coach. Peppler was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Early life[edit]

Peppler was born in Rockford, Illinois. At the age of 6 she moved to Texas. She signed up for the Girls Athletic Association in the 4th grade; it was then that she learned of her love for volleyball. Peppler attended Sul Ross State and was a six time All-American.


Peppler has coached (as the assistant or head coach) at Utah State, Florida and Kentucky.

While at Sul Ross State (Alpine, TX) she guided her team to back to back Division I National championships, going 70-0 over two seasons. She guided E. Pluribus Unum of Houston, Texas to crowns in 1972 in Salt Lake City and 1973 in Duluth, Minnesota, and Utah State University to the championship in 1981 in Arlington, Texas.[2]

From 1991–96, she mentored the number-one women's beach volleyball team of Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan.[3] In the 2000s, she coached Bulgaria's women's Olympic beach volleyball team, Lina and Petia Yanchulova.


Peppler's international experience includes playing on the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team, on the 1967 U.S. Gold Medal Pan American Team (named to All Tournament Team), and at the 1970 World Championships where she was named the tournament's most outstanding player. In 1975 she won ABC's inaugural Women's Superstar competition and in the softball throw competition threw the ball over the judge's head and the fence behind him.


Professionally, Peppler was the player/coach for the El Paso Sol (1975) and Phoenix Heat (1976) of the International Volleyball Association as well as Major League Volleyball's New York Liberties in 1987 and 1988.

Other honors Peppler received include All-Star honors in 1987 and 1988, All-Pro award in 1987, and the USVBA's "All-Time Great Player" Award in 1982. She was inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.


  • Wrote Inside Volleyball for Women (Copyright 1977)
  • Contributed to Coaching tips for the 90's (Copyright 1991)
  • Wrote Chapter 10 of the Volleyball Coaching Bible entitled "Using New and Proven Teaching Techniques" (Copyright 2002)


  1. ^ "Mary Jo Peppler". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "USA Volleyball announces 75th anniversary all-Era coaches". 
  3. ^ "AVCA announces 2003 Hall of Fame class". 

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