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Hall of Fame Coach Joins UH-Hilo VB Staff

July 31, 2015, 5:19 PM HST
* Updated July 31, 5:21 PM
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American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Carl McGown will join the University of Hawai’i at Hilo women’s volleyball coaching staff for the upcoming season.

McGown will assist head coach Tino Reyes, who enters his sixth season at the helm of the Vulcans’ volleyball program. UH-Hilo went 9-14 overall last season and 8-12 in PacWest conference play.

Currently the temporary coach of the Swiss men’s national team, McGown has plenty of island experience to go along with his stacked resume. He played at Church College, now known as Brigham Young University-Hawai’i, where he led his team to a second place national finish. He was also an assistant at the University of Hawai’i.

McGown was the head coach of the United States national team from 1973-1976. In that time, his team won a world championship in 1974. He served as the squad’s technical advisor for portions of three decades.

The bulk of McGown’s collegiate success came at Brigham Young University, where he coached for 13 years between 1989 and 2002. In that time, his teams won two national championships. Personally, he twice received Coach of the Year honors at both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and AVCA levels.

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Eddie Kalima and Randy Nako remain on Reyes’ staff for the upcoming season, which starts with a non-conference match against Cal State Los Angeles on Sept. 10. The match will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the UH-Hilo Gymnasium.

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