Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in volleyball worldwide, Doug Beal has helped shape volleyball into one of the most popular sports in the world.
Beal was first involved with USA Volleyball as an athlete. He was a member of the men’s national team from 1970-76. However, he was playing in regional volleyball tournaments even before that time.
“I have honestly grown up in USA Volleyball, from the time I started playing in regional tournaments as a teenager in what was the old Region 4 in Ohio, to a role on the governing side of the region, involvement with our National Team,” Beal said.
Beal became a legendary coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team after he competed on the squad. He accepted the team’s head coach position in 1977 and guided Team USA to its first-ever Olympic Games gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. After finishing 13th at the 1982 FIVB World Championship, Beal and his staff implemented a new system and tactics for the sport – including the two-man serve reception, innovative use of multiple backrow attackers and swing hitters that transformed the sport.
After the 1984 Olympics, Beal stepped down as head coach of the U.S. Men to become the National Team Center Director from 1985-87 in San Diego after he established the first full-time, year-round men’s volleyball training center in Dayton from 1978-80. He remained involved with USA Volleyball until 1990 when he moved to Italy to coach the professional club team Mediolanum in Milan for two seasons, winning the FIVB World Club Championship in 1990.
Following his tenure in Italy, Beal returned to USA Volleyball to become a special assistant to then executive director John Carroll in July 1993. Beal was responsible for FIVB relations and player development for the U.S. National Teams.
He held that position until 1997 when he accepted his second tenure as the U.S. Men’s National Team coach leading the Americans in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Team USA finished fourth in the 2004 Olympics.
Beal has been recognized internationally and domestically for his accomplishments. He is a 1989 inductee into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and was a finalist for the FIVB Greatest Coach of the 20th Century in 2002. USA Volleyball honored him in 2007 with its Harold T. Friermood Award, the highest honor the national governing body can bestow on an individual.
Beal was hired as USA Volleyball’s CEO on Feb 1, 2005 and served in the position through the 2016 Olympic quad.
“It’s hard not to focus on the accomplishments we have had at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and on the international stage,” Beal said. “I think our National programs – from a leadership, structure and support perspective – are the models, frankly, of the world. The individuals who have represented us continue to do so in the most professional and exemplary way from Hugh McCutcheon and Jenny Lang Ping to Mike Hulett and Bill Hamiter to Al Knipe and now Karch Kiraly and John Speraw leading our world-class athletes. We have been blessed with remarkable individuals who do things the right way and succeed in large part because of that.”
Among Beal’s highlights as USA Volleyball’s CEO were:
- Best Olympics/Paralympics performance in volleyball history at the 2008 Beijing Games as USA Volleyball earned five medals – three gold medals including men’s indoor, women’s beach and men’s beach; and silver medals in women’s indoor and women’s sitting volleyball.
- Established the USA Volleyball Beach Office/Department, which now has 12 full-time staff members and a budget of over $3.5 million, plus programming that includes 61 stops on the Junior Beach Tour in 30 of USA Volleyball’s 40 regions.
- USA Volleyball has ended each of the last 11 years with a cash surplus against the approved operating budget, placing the organization in perhaps its most stable and positive financial condition in history. This fiscal performance has allowed for the bulk of the funding of the USA Volleyball Foundation and significant cash reserves and operational flexibility.
- Expanded programming and staff with a current operating budget of over $30 million and 80 professionals servicing over 325,000 members – up 68 percent – during his 11-year tenure as CEO. Staffing has more than doubled during his tenure.
- Oversaw the implementation of a new streamlined governance structure in which the Board of Directors was reduced by nearly half in 2008 to conform to suggested USOC guidelines.
- Hired the last three Men’s National Team Coaches (Hugh McCutcheon, Alan Knipe and John Speraw) and the last three Women’s National Team Coaches (Jenny Lang Ping, Hugh McCutcheon and Karch Kiraly). During this time the U.S. Men won gold at the 2008 Olympics and 2015 FIVB World Cup, while the U.S. Women won silver at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics along with the gold medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championship.
- Served as CEO while beach volleyball athletes have continued their Olympic Games medals performance with three gold and one silver medal.
- Led the transition of USA Volleyball formally becoming the National Governing Body of sitting volleyball in the Paralympic discipline.
- Continually increasing resources to indoor and beach High Performance programs to compete internationally at the highest levels with success, along with building a pipeline of athletes that strengthens the overall National Team program. The U.S. has won the silver medal at each of the last two biennial FIVB Girls’ U-18 World Championship events, along with gold at the 2015 Global Challenge in the Women’s U-20 age category. Nearly 100 percent of current National Team athletes participated in High Performance. In Beach High Performance, USA has pulled in eight age-group FIVB World Championship medals. In both indoor and beach, these are the first-ever medal successes for USA Volleyball.
- USA Volleyball bought its current headquarters building in 2012. Further, the City of Anaheim was established as the Host City for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams where they train at the American Sports Centers. The USA Volleyball beach office, now located in Torrance, Calif., was created in Southern California and has continually expanded with new programming and staff. A fourth USA Volleyball office is located in Edmond, Okla., on the campus of University of Central Oklahoma where the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball Teams train and are located year-round.
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