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Marv Dunphy

Enshrined: 1994

Country: United States

Category: Coach

Biography (Current at time of Induction)

Marv Dunphy experienced unprecedented success from 1985 to 1988 as coach of the U.S. National Volleyball Team. During his tenure, the Americans maintained their Number one ranking and compiled an impressive overall record of 197-31. Marv’s squad was in a class by itself winning nearly every major international tournament, including the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games, and of course, the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

In addition to these world-class accomplishments, Marv is also one of a select group of coaches who can boast of winning NCAA National Championships in three different decades, 1978, 1985 and 1992, as a coach at Pepperdine University.

A native of Topanga Canyon, California, Marv earned his bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine while garnering 1973 All-American honors as a middle blocker at the institution. He later earned his doctorate at Brigham Young University.

Marv served as assistant volleyball coach at Pepperdine from 1975-1977, as head coach from 1977-1985, and then returned to that position in 1988. In his career at Pepperdine, Dunphy has posted a record of 384-160.

Marv is the recipient of the 1988 Coach of the Year Award from the Federation Internationale de Volleyball. He serves as a technical advisor to the USA National Volleyball Team, and he is the author of four publications: Volleyball (1977), Volleyball Mini-Series (1977), NCAA/ESPN Volleyball Instructional Series (1982), and Volleyball Today (1991).

Marv and his wife, Su, have three kids and live in Decker Canyon, California.