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Al Scates

Al Scates
Personal information
Nationality American
Born June 9, 1939 (1939-06-09) (age 76)
Residence Encino, Los Angeles, U.S.
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Volleyball coach
Spouse(s) Sue Scates

Al Scates (born June 9, 1939) is an American volleyball player and former volleyball coach of the UCLA Bruins of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Scates is the winningest volleyball coach in the history of the NCAA, and the 19 NCAA titles the Bruins have won during his tenure ties him for the most NCAA titles won by a coach in a single sport with Arkansas' John McDonnell (Indoor Track and Field). Scates has won some kind of collegiate volleyball championship in five different decades, and his NCAA championships are spread across four different decades. Scates also taught physical education in the Beverly Hills Unified School District (e.g., at Hawthorne Elementary School) for many years.

Coaching career

Himself an All-American Volleyball player at UCLA, Scates began his tenure as the Bruins head coach in the 1963 season. That season, his team finished with a 26-3 record and placed second at the USVBA National Championship. Scates' Bruins won a USVBA national title under his tutelage in 1965, and followed it up with another win in 1967.[1] In the 1960s, he was a Triple A volleyball player in two-man, on-the-beach volleyball, teaming with Bob Mendoza, a San Diego Hall of Champions inductee.

In 1970, the first year of the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, the Bruins swept Long Beach State University to win their first NCAA Championship. They would win the next two years as well, and win six of the first seven NCAA Championships held. From 1981 to 1984, Scates' teams won four consecutive national championships, the longest such streak by any men's volleyball team. UCLA is the only team that has won more than two consecutive championships, holding streaks of at least 3 national championships 3 times.

In his career, Scates has coached such famous players as Sinjin Smith, who won 139 Pro Beach Volleyball tournaments, UCLA Women's Volleyball coach Andy Banachowski (who is second only to Scates in NCAA wins), and Karch Kiraly, twice named the best player in the world by the FIVB.

In 2006, the Bruins and Scates ended a five-year drought with a win over Penn State University at Penn State's Rec Hall for Scates' 19th national championship. UCLA began the season 12-12, but closed with a 14-game winning streak. The 12 losses were the most ever for an NCAA Championship team, and the second most for the Bruins in a single season under Scates.

Scates is 1,239-290 all-time, for a winning percentage of .810. Three times a Scates team posted an unbeaten season: 1979, 1982, 1984.

Scates currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). He was featured in the January 2007 issue of Coaching Volleyball Magazine, the official magazine of the AVCA.

His son, David, is a Physical Education and Health and Guidance teacher at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, CA. He has two daughters, Leslie and Tracy, and four grandchildren.


Al Scates announced that the 2012 season would be his final season as the UCLA Men's Head Volleyball Coach.


UCLA has won the following Volleyball Championships under Scates.

  • USVBA (2): 1965, 1967
  • NCAA (19): 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) (1963–2010)
1963 UCLA 26-3 2 USVBA 2nd Place
1964 UCLA 23-4 1 USVBA 2nd Place
1965 UCLA 24-2 1 USVBA Champions
1966 UCLA 25-3 1 USVBA 2nd Place
1967 UCLA 23-3 1 USVBA Champions
1968 UCLA 24-5 2 USVBA 4th Place
1969 UCLA 27-3 2 USVBA 2nd Place
1970 UCLA 24-1 2 NCAA Champions
1971 UCLA 29-1 2 NCAA Champions
1972 UCLA 27-7 2 NCAA Champions
1973 UCLA 21-8 4 Regional Runner-Up
1974 UCLA 30-5 3 NCAA Champions
1975 UCLA 27-8 4 NCAA Champions
1976 UCLA 15-2 1 NCAA Champions
1977 UCLA 19-4 2 Regional Runner-Up
1978 UCLA 21-3 1 NCAA Runner-Up
1979 UCLA 30-0 1 NCAA Champions
1980 UCLA 32-2 1 NCAA Runner-Up
1981 UCLA 32-3 2 NCAA Champions
1982 UCLA 29-0 1 NCAA Champions
1983 UCLA 27-4 1 NCAA Champions
1984 UCLA 38-0 1 NCAA Champions
1985 UCLA 32-8 3 Regional Runner-Up
1986 UCLA 30-9 2 Regional Runner-Up
1987 UCLA 38-3 1 NCAA Champions
1988 UCLA 28-10 4 First Round
1989 UCLA 29-5 T-1 NCAA Champions
1990 UCLA 23-5 2 Regional Runner-Up
1991 UCLA 16-9 1 Regional Runner-Up
1992 UCLA 17-7 2 Regional Runner-Up
1993 UCLA 24-3 1 NCAA Champions
1994 UCLA 27-2 1 NCAA Runner-Up
1995 UCLA 31-1 1 NCAA Champions
1996 UCLA 26-5 1 NCAA Champions
1997 UCLA 24-5 1 NCAA Runner-Up
1998 UCLA 28-4 1 NCAA Champions
1999 UCLA 20-7 3 First Round
2000 UCLA 29-5 1 NCAA Champions
2001 UCLA 24-8 1 NCAA Runner-Up
2002 UCLA 25-7 T-5 First Round
2003 UCLA 15-14 9
2004 UCLA 24-6 3 Regional Semifinals
2005 UCLA 26-6 2 NCAA Runner-Up
2006 UCLA 26-12 7 NCAA Champions
2007 UCLA 19-11 5 First Round
2008 UCLA 17-14 5 First Round
2009 UCLA 14-16 8 First Round
2010 UCLA 16-14 7 First Round
2011 UCLA 16-15 8 First Round
2012 UCLA 22-8 5 First Round
UCLA: 1239-290
Total: 1239-290

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and recognition

  • In 2003, Scates was enshrined in the UCLA Hall of Fame.
  • In 2004, Scates was enshrined in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame.
  • Scates has been named Coach of the Year five times: 1984, 1987, 1993, 1996, 1998.


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External links

  • spotlight on Scates
  • UCLA Coach Bio
  • Scates page at the Volleyball Hall of Fame
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association
  • Instructional Volleyball Videos and Drills by Al Scates
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