Mike Wall Named U.S. Men's Assistant Coach
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2013) – USA Volleyball has announced the hire of Mike Wall as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team.
| Mike Wall, third from right, poses with the U.S. Men's National Team
before a World League match in Brazil.
Wall (Santa Barbara, Calif.) comes to USA Volleyball from the Arizona State women’s volleyball team where he served as an assistant coach. He has also been a part of the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Program since 2003.
“Mike has high-level experience both in volleyball and in business,” U.S. Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) said. “His talents will be invaluable to us both on the court and in the office as we work to build the U.S. Men’s National Team program.”
Wall has already worked with the team during its 2013 FIVB World League matches.
“I’m honored and excited to be joining John, Matt Fuerbringer and the USA men’s volleyball program for the next three years,” Wall said. “Our staff is committed to working hard for this group of athletes. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
From 2006-2008 Wall served as the first assistant coach for Arizona State University women’s volleyball. In 2012, Wall rejoined the program, helping Arizona State reach the NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship Tournament.
In 2005, Wall served as the first assistant coach at the University of Utah. The Utes won the MWC Tournament, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Before Utah, Wall coached at Saint Mary's College. While on the Gaels' staff, he helped the team to a 24-4 overall record. Prior to his stint at Saint Mary's, Wall was an assistant coach at UC-San Diego in 2003-04. There he helped UCSD to its best season in program history.
Wall has played volleyball at the international level as well. He participated in the 2001 FIVB World League Tournament with the U.S. Men’s National Team. After finishing his senior campaign at Brigham Young, Wall returned to the U.S. National Team to take part in the Dallas and Italian tours. From 2002-04, Wall played volleyball overseas. He began playing in the Swiss National League A in 2002-03 and spent part of 2004 playing for San Sebastian Volleyball Club in Puerto Rico.
Wall played college volleyball at Brigham Young where he was an opposite from 1997-2002 and was a part of two NCAA National Championship squads. In 2001 and 2002, Wall was named an AVCA First Team All-American. After beating UCLA in three sets to take the 2002 NCAA championship, Wall was named the Final Four MVP and BYU's Most Competitive Athlete.