Born: August, 1945 in San Mateo, California (United States)
Country: United States
Andy Banachowski is the all-time winningest coach in women's volleyball history and ranks second only to UCLA’s men’s coach, Al Scates, on the all-time win list. During his 30 seasons at UCLA Andy's Bruins have posted an 812-175 record. During his reign, UCLA has placed in the top-four 21 times, compiling a post-season record of 119-22. He has won six national championships as a coach. His success is unmatched, especially in recent history with his Bruins teams compiling 30 victories in seven of the last nine seasons.
Under Banachowski, UCLA claimed three national titles in the 1970’s and in the 1980's the Bruins captured an NCAA title (1984) and appeared in seven Final Fours with two second place finishes. The Bruins won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1990 and 1991, finished second in 1992 after an undefeated regular season, and posted a 30-2 record in 1993.
At UCLA, he has coached six Olympians and 15 US National Team members, 21 players who earned Volleyball Monthly Magazine All-American Honors, 16 AVCA All-Americans, 12 individuals selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, as well as 22 professional beach volleyball players.
Banachowski's awards, recognitions, and accomplishments are many. He was named the PAC-10 Coach of the Year in 1988, 1989, 1993, and 1994, as well as AVCA Coach of the Year nationally in 1989, and regionally in 1989, 1992, and 1993. He was also named Coach of the Year by Volleyball Monthly Magazine four times.
Outside of UCLA, Banachowski served as an Advisor to the US National Team, and was the head coach of the US team that won the silver medal at the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, NY.
In addition to coaching the UCLA women's team, Banachowski served as the men's assistant to Scates for six years, four of which ended with national titles.
A 1968 UCLA graduate, Banachowski was a four-year player and two time All-American setter for Scates' Bruin squads. He was honored by the Volleyball Festival with its "Distinguished Service to USA Volleyball" and has served on the NCAA and AIAW women's volleyball committees. A founder of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, he has also authored the book "Power Volleyball", and has put together an instructional video "Play Volleyball".