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Carl McGown is a volleyball Hall-of-Famer and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. McGown served as head coach of the USA Men's National Volleyball Team from 1973-1976 and became a technical advisor to the National Team in 1980. He has coached the USA team in seven Olympic Games and seven World Championships. McGown has also coached in the World University Games, as well as the Pan American Games. His most recent head coaching experience was in the 2007-08 Swiss A League, where he led LUC to the regular season title, the Coppe Suisse Championship and the Swiss League Championship.
McGown coached Brigham Young University's men's volleyball team for 13 seasons. Twice, he earned AVCA National Coach of the Year honors. McGown is the founder of Gold Medal Squared, a provider of volleyball camps and clinics across the United States and Canada. McGown was honored in the 2010 AVCA Hall of Fame.
McGown graduated from Long Beach City College in 1961 and earned a master's degree in physical education in 1964 from BYU. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. in both Motor Skill Learning and Administration from the University of Oregon in 1971. He is also an accomplished author, having worked on six books and appearing in numerous scholarly publications and journals.
University of Washington head women's volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin nominated McGown for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He said,
- "...because of his practice methods, systems and match preparation, he is the best volleyball coach in the United States, and, probably, in the world today."