Born: June 9, 1939
Country: United States
Al Scates has won the NCAA National Championships eighteen times as coach of the UCLA Bruins 1970, ‘71, '72, '74, '76, '78, '79, '81, '82, '83, 84, '87, '89, ‘93, ’95, '96, '98, and 2000. He is the only coach in history to have guided a volleyball team to three successive national titles twice and four straight titles (1981-84). In 1979, 1982, and 1984, his teams were undefeated. Scates' Bruin teams also won the USVBA Collegiate Championships in 1965 and 1967.
Named coach of the year in 1984, 1987, 1993, 1996, and 1998, Al's 43-year coaching record of 1107 and 200 (.847) is one of the best in any collegiate sport, and is the best of all the volleyball coaches in any division. Under his leadership, UCLA holds ten NCAA records, including most consecutive victories (48), consecutive home victories (83) and consecutive tournament victories (14).
During his four decades at UCLA, Al has coached over 51 first NCAA and 26 USVBA All-American teams. Many of Al's former players have distinguished themselves on the National and Olympic teams as well as on the pro beach tour.
Al, himself a former All-American at UCLA, has traveled the world as a coach and clinician, and is generally recognized as one of the United States' foremost authorities on volleyball. He has authored several books, which have been translated into Japanese and other languages, and for the last 26 years he has directed highly, successful volleyball summer camps at UCLA.
Scates has also served as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament Committee. In 1990, he completed a five-year term as chairman of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Men's Committee and was reelected again in 2004.
Al has also received a number of honors from UCLA. This includes being the first active coach inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2003, and along with this he received the UCLA Alumni Award for Profressional Achievement.
More honors that Al has received include being inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998, receiving the US Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award in 2001, being inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2004, and named as a coach to USA Volleyball's All-Era Team from 1978-2002. Other coaching awards Scates has won include being the first recipient of USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Volleyball Coaches Award, the 1998 USA Volleyball National Coach of the Year, and the US Olympic Committee 1998 Coach of the Year.
Off the Volleyball Court Scates co-authored his 4th book entitled "The Complete Guide To Volleyball Conditioning", in 2003. Al also invented the Vertec in 1979, an invention to measure a person's vertical leap.