Marv Dunphy



Widely recognized as one of the game’s premier coaches, Dr. Marv Dunphy has directed Pepperdine to three NCAA men's volleyball titles during his 19 seasons as the Waves’ head coach. 

Dunphy returned to Pepperdine in October of 2000 following a 17-month sabbatical after serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Pepperdine enjoyed one of its best-ever seasons in 2002, compiling an overall record of 29-5 and advancing to the NCAA title match before losing a four-game decision to Hawaii. 

The Waves won the 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season title with a 20-2 mark and then proceeded to win the league's post-season tournament for the second time in three years.

Dunphy was tabbed the MPSF "Coach of the Year" for the first time. Junior middle blocker Brad Keenan was selected the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and MPSF "Player of the Year," while rookie outside hitter Sean Rooney earned "Freshman of the Year" recognition from the same organizations.

After serving as Pepperdine’s head coach from 1977-78 and 1982-85, Dunphy took a leave-of-absence following the 1985 season to serve as the head coach of the U.S. National Team through the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Dunphy returned to Pepperdine in November of 1988, and the Waves have posted a 12-year record of 210-104 (.669). The Waves defeated Stanford to capture the 1992 NCAA crown.

During Dunphy’s head coaching tenure with the U.S. National Team, the American squad maintained a No. 1 world ranking and compiled an impressive overall record of 197-31 (.864). Additionally, the team won nearly every major international tournament, including the 1985 World Cup, 1986 World Championships, 1987 Pan American Games and the 1988 Olympics.

Dunphy, 55, is by no means a stranger to success at Pepperdine. During his 18 seasons as head coach, the Waves have posted a cumulative record of 341-145 (.702), and won 20 or more matches in a season on eight occasions. In addition to winning the 1992 NCAA title, Dunphy also directed Pepperdine to the national championship in 1978 and 1985.

A native of nearby Topanga Canyon, Dunphy was a middle blocker at Pepperdine during the sport’s formative years at the intercollegiate level, earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University in 1974.

After completing his athletics eligibility, Dunphy continued his affiliation with the Pepperdine program, serving as an assistant coach to both Harlan Cohen and Burt DeGroot before assuming the head coaching duties in 1977. The following season, Dunphy led Pepperdine to its first-ever NCAA team championship, as the Waves upended UCLA in five games at Columbus, Ohio, to win the national crown.

Dunphy, who earned a master’s degree in physical education from USC in 1978, left Pepperdine following the championship season to obtain his doctorate degree in the same subject area at Brigham Young University. Dunphy completed work for his doctorate in 1981, and then returned to Pepperdine that fall to quickly elevate the program back to national title contention.

Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA title match in 1983 and 1984, but the Waves were beaten on both occasions by crosstown foe UCLA. However, the tide turned for the fabled “Malibu Roofing Company” in 1985, as Pepperdine rolled to an impressive 25-2 record--the best single-season mark in school history—and defeated USC in four games at Pauley Pavilion to capture the NCAA title.

The victory proved to be a perfect farewell gift to Dunphy, who immediately began working with the U.S. National Team at its San Diego base. Under Dunphy’s watchful eye, the American squad gained international attention, and the 12-man roster at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, consisted of former Pepperdine standouts Craig Buck, Bob Ctvrtlik, Jeff Stork and Troy Tanner—three of whom started for the U.S. team that won a gold medal.

Upon returning to Malibu, Dunphy hit the recruiting trail and once again rebuilt the program. The Waves reached the pinnacle in 1992, as the team upset Long Beach State to win the MPSF Tournament and then captured the NCAA crown with an impressive three-game sweep against top-ranked Stanford at Muncie, Indiana.

In 1998, Pepperdine compiled an impressive 23-5 mark, and won the MPSF Tournament with a four-game victory over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. The win snapped the Bruins’ 14-match winning streak over the Waves in Westwood that dated back to 1986. UCLA gained its revenge in the NCAA title match, defeating Pepperdine in three games.

During the 1999 campaign the Waves notched a solid 20-5 mark and senior outside hitter George Roumain was tabbed the national “Player of the Year” for the second consecutive season by the AVCA. Roumain was a member of the 2000 Olympic Team along with former Pepperdine players Kevin Barnett and Chip McCaw.

Noted for his highly technical approach to the game and diligent training methods, Dunphy has tutored 22 All-Americans during his coaching career at Pepperdine, and is a highly sought speaker at volleyball coaching clinics.

In 1994, Dunphy was formally recognized for his immense contribution to the sport, as he was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The 1988 Olympic Team was inducted in the fall of 1999.

A popular instructor in the University’s physical education department, Dunphy resides in the Decker Canyon area of Malibu with his wife, Su, and daughter Alexandra, a standout setter at nearby Harvard-Westlake High.

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Updated Aug-2003



Coach Dunphy runs Volleyball Camps at Pepperdine for Boys & Girls, ages 13-18, each summer.


Coach Dunphy is also involved in Coaching Clinics and Players' Camps with Gold Medal Squared.

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