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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 23, 2011) – Five volleyball coaches have received the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes the colleges and universities whose coaches and student-athletes have won Olympic medals in the past two Olympic Games. Rob Browning (Saint Mary’s College, Calif.), Marv Dunphy (Pepperdine), Jamie Morrison (Concordia University, Irvine), John Sepraw (UC Irvine), and Sue Woodstra (Humboldt State) represent the volleyball world among the total 38 coaches recognized.
The awards were announced by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), U.S. National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award is presented every two years following the Olympic Games. For the 2011 installment of the awards, “institutions with a current student-athlete who was part of a medal-winning performance or a coach who was a credentialed member of the U.S. Olympic Team delegation and his/her athlete or team won a medal” in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing or 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver were recognized.
Browning, Dunphy, Morrison and Speraw served on the coaching staff of the 2008 gold-medal winning U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team under head coach Hugh McCutcheon. Woodstra took time off from collegiate coaching to hold the first assistant coaching position for the silver-medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
Browning will enter his seventh season in the fall as head coach of the women’s volleyball team at Saint Mary’s College. In six seasons, Browning has accumulated an overall record of 108-58 and a conference record of 56-28. Prior to coaching the Gales, Browning was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team for six years. The BYU alum has attended three Olympic Games with the men’s team: 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing.
Dunphy, head coach of Pepperdine, is tallying his 28th season with the Waves, who have won four NCAA Men’s Championships in that time. In addition to his collegiate success, Dunphy stacks an impressive coaching tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team. During his time as head coach, the squad consistently was ranked No. 1 in the world, winning every major international tournament, including the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Most recently, Dunphy has served as an assistant coach at the 2000 Olympics and a consultant coach at the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where the team won gold. In 1994 Dunphy was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame and into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 2009, Morrison was named the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team assistant coach/technical coordinator. His familiarity with the position stems from his time with the U.S. Men’s National Team, where he served as technical coordinator during the 2008 Olympic Games. Morrison was responsible for implementing statistics and analytics into training session plans and match-time decisions from 2005-2008. Before his tenure with the men’s national team, Morrison was an assistant coach at Concordia University Irvine. Morrison also spent a season as both the men’s and women’s assistant coach at the University of Southern California and three years as an assistant and volunteer assistant coach of both men’s and women’s programs at UC Santa Barbara.
Currently in his eighth season as head coach of the UC Irvine men’s volleyball program, Speraw has guided the Anteaters to two national championships in the last three years. In 2007, Speraw was named an assistant coach with the U.S. National Men’s Volleyball Team and continued that role through the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition to the men’s team, Speraw was named assistant coach of the USA Women’s National Team in 2009. The UCLA alum’s international resume prior to the national teams includes head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team for three seasons and head coach of the U.S. Youth National Team.
Photo: Copyrighted by USA VOlleyball Stacy Sykora and Sue Woodstra at the 2008 Olympic Games women’s medal ceremony. Woodstra began her head coaching career at Humboldt State in 2002 before taking on the role of first assistant coach of the silver-medal U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Prior to coaching the Lumberjacks, Woodstra held the head coaching position at the University of California and was the assistant coach at Florida State University. As a player, Woodstra earned herself an Olympic silver medal as team captain of the 1984 U.S. Women’s National Team. In 2005, Woodstra, along with her 1980 U.S. National Team, was honored at the USA Volleyball’s 60th Annual Dorothy C. Boyce Awards and Recognition Banquet.