Doug Beal had a career in volleyball that spanned more than 30 years as an athlete, coach, and administrator at the highest levels. His strategic thinking and innovative strategy to the game helped grow the sport to what it is today.
As part of the U.S. National Team, Doug was an athlete from 1970-1976. In 1977, he was named the Head Coach for the Men’s National Team, leading them to their first ever gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. After stepping down shortly after these Games concluded, he would come back as the Head Coach from 1997-2004.
In 2005, Doug was named the CEO of USA Volleyball. During his tenure, the U.S. National Teams for Indoor and Beach Volleyball had international success at the Olympics and FIVB World Championships, winning numerous medals and accolades at these events. He also expanded programming to increase participation from an early age for athletes to stay engaged for a longer period. Doug retired from his position in 2017 and continues to stay involved with the sport and provides guidance for the future leaders of the industry.
Outside of USA Volleyball, Doug has held leadership positions in other realms of the sport. He is the former Head Coach at Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. From 1990-1992, he was the Head Coach for the the Italian Professional League’s Mediolanum Gonzaga team, winning a championship in 1991. He is also the former Executive Director of the National Volleyball League.
From his numerous accomplishments in volleyball, some of the honors Doug has received include:
• Finalist for the FIVB Greatest Coach of the 20th Century
• Inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame
• 2007 recipient of the Harold T. Friermood Award
• Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Doug represented Maccabi USA on the Open Men’s Volleyball team at the 8th Maccabiah in 1969.