BYU men’s volleyball coach resigns to focus on family


BYU men’s volleyball head coach Chris McGown announced his resignation May 26. His career included two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles, an appearance in the 2013 National Championship and a 88-31 win record.

McGown decided to step away from his position to spend more time with his family and to seek other business opportunities.

Chris McGown watches his team during a match. McGown resigned as head coach to spend more time with his family. (BYU Photo)

“The principal driving force behind my decision to step away was my two daughters,” he said in a press release. “I’ve felt so much support from our staff, from our administration and, of course, our amazing fans. Most of all, I’ll miss the association with our athletes — they are young men of talent, commitment and character. It’s been an honor to go to work with them every day.”

McGown served as the head coach of the Cougars from 2012 to 2015. He finishes out his coaching career at BYU with a .739 winning percentage, second all-time in program history and third in total victories with 88.

The Cougars won the MPSF Tournament Title in 2013 and finished with a 26-5 overall record. McGown was later named the AVCA National Coach of the Year and the MPSE Coach of the Year. He led the Cougars to win another MPSF tournament title in 2014, and the Cougars finished with a final AVCA ranking of No. 3 in the nation.

“Chris has been an excellent coach and has had a positive impact in the lives of many student-athletes,” BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe said. “We would like to thank the McGown family for the national respect they’ve brought to the men’s volleyball program.”
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