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tBBC Making The List: Doug Beal


Making The List: Doug Beal
via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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This week we will honor the Men’s Volleyball Program. They are the 2016 National Champions. So I find a necessity to honor one of the Greats of The Ohio State University Volleyball Program – and there is indeed quite a few I could choose from.

Since 1968, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team has been a foundation in the world of Division I collegiate volleyball and has produced some “tremendous” names in the sport; along the way too they have had some “serious” success. The motto of the Athletic Department is a reflection and the goal followed by the Men’s Program: “The People. The Tradition. The Excellence.”

One of the biggest names in the volleyball world, Doug Beal, is a Buckeye. Beal as an All-American player in Columbus was a dominant force behind the 1969 Buckeyes and their 24-0 record. He also aided in their first MIVA title; later coaching the squad to the MIVA title in 1972. After leaving OSU, he gained recognition as the coach of the 1984 United States Gold Medal Olympic team, which boasted three former Buckeye players in Marc Waldie, Richard Duwelius and Aldis Berzins, who is the father of current Buckeye player Mik Berzins.

Doug Beal also competed as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1970 to 1976. A five-time All-America player at The Ohio State University, he was selected to three U.S. Olympic teams, two World Championships teams, and four NORCECA Zone championship teams. He was the 1969 Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and was voted MVP of the 1975 USVBA Open Championships.

Beal would be named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1977 and became the driving force for establishing a full-time, year-around volleyball training center. The facility was created in, Dayton, 1978. The center moved to San Diego in 1981 along with the national team program.

With Beal as head coach of the national team, the US captured its first-ever gold medal in men’s volleyball at the 1984 Olympics. Although he stepped down as head coach following his team’s 1984 gold medal run, Beal’s pioneering offensive and defensive systems continued to impact the U.S. volleyball program, yielding gold medals at the 1985 Volleyball World Cup, the 1986 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships, and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. After his resignation, Beal became the organization’s National Team Center Director from 1985-87. He remained involved with the organization until 1990 when he moved to Italy to coach a top professional team.

Beal returned to the men’s national team in July, 1993 as a special assistant to the Executive Director/CEO. He worked closely with former USAV Executive Director John Carroll, and was responsible for FIVB relations and player development for the USA national teams. He worked in that capacity until he accepted the program’s head coaching position for the second time in 1997.
During his second leg as head coach of the national team, he guided the team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He became the second coach in USA Volleyball history to guide three teams to the Olympics when Team USA qualified for the 2004 Summer Games by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico with a perfect 6-0 record. In the 2004 Summer Games, he guided his squad to a 4-4 record and to a fourth-place finish overall at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Need I say more?

To be a member of Making The List we have previously acknowledged that the person (of sports) must be a dominant force in their sport (be it while in Columbus – even beyond), or a unselfish factor in the success of their team, or even a wondrous representation of all that is right in the “good” of sports. Doug Beal has hit “spot-on” on each category. He is more than deserving for a tip of the hat with a flutter of the Buckeye Battle Cry in our hearts.

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