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Marv Dunphy Tabbed One of 20 Most Influential Names in Volleyball

Jan. 18, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's volleyball head coach Marv Dunphy ranks as the No. 13 Most Influential Name in the sport of volleyball as voted on by a panel of past and present players, coaches and administrators. The poll was conducted by Volleyball Magazine and published in the January 2006 issue, on sale now.

Dunphy was recognized for his achievements as head coach of the Pepperdine program as well as his work with the U.S. Men's Olympic Team. In his 23rd season with the Waves, Dunphy has led the program to 411 victories and four national titles, most recently in 2005. Dunphy's USA teams went a combined 197-31 from 1985-1988, including winning the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. The Topanga Canyon, Calif., native is the only American men's coach to have coached an Olympic gold medal squad and an NCAA national championship team.

"Marv Dunphy is one of the best men's volleyball coaches in the world," commented Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. John Watson. "We at Pepperdine are fortunate to have him as our head coach. He is a superb teacher of the game and, most importantly, mentors and develops men of character."

Also of interest to Pepperdine University, the 1984 and 1988 teams ranked No. 3 on the list for winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals. Former Wave Craig Buck was a member of both squads, while former setter Jeff Stork, outside hitter Bob Ctvrtlik, outside hitter Troy Tanner and Dunphy (head coach) were part of the 1988 team.

Karch Kiraly headed up the list, while Doug Beal (CEO of USA Volleyball), the 1984 & 1988 Olympic teams, Flo Hyman (US Olympian) and Dr. William G. Morgan (credited with inventing the game of volleyball) make up the top five.