Chris McGown Staff Bio | Men's Volleyball Head Coach

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Chris McGown

Years at BYU

2011-present

Education

BYU, 1994

At BYU

  • Coached BYU to back-to-back MPSF regular-season and tournament titles in 2013 and 2014
  • Went 21-9 in 2013, finishing in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament
  • Led the 2013 Cougars to a finish in the championship match of the NCAA tournament
  • Collected 50 wins through two seasons of coaching
  • Coached BYU to a 26-5 overall record in 2013
  • Named AVCA National Coach of the Year and MPSF Coach of the Year in 2013
  • Collected a 24-7 record in his first season coaching in 2012, good for third in the MPSF

Before BYU

  • Worked as an administrator and coach/clinician at Gold Medal Squared volleyball camps from 1998-2011
  • Worked as a volunteer assistant coach for BYU women's volleyball from 2009-11
  • Worked as manufacturing engineer, working with companies like IBM, Boeing, General Electric, General Motors, Merck and the Department of Defense
  • Helped out as a play-by-play announcer for men's and women's volleyball for the BYU Sports Network

Playing Career

Three-year letterman at BYU from 1990-94

Mission

Sevilla, Spain

Personal

  • Father is former BYU head coach Carl McGown
  • Has two daughters
  • Enjoys skiing, golfing and mountain biking

 

Coaching Records 
Year School Overall Record Conference Record Conference Regular-Season Finish Conference Tournament Finish Final AVCA Ranking NCAA Tournament Finish
2012 BYU 24-7 (.774) 17-6 (.739) T 3rd L in SF 4th  
2013 BYU 26-5 (.839 21-3 (.875) 1st 1st 2nd L in F
2014 BYU 21-9 (.700) 18-6 (.750) T 1st 1st 3rd L in SF
Total   71-21 (.772) 56-15 (.789)        
Chris McGown

Years at BYU

2011-Present

Chris McGown was named the men's head volleyball coach at BYU in June 2011. A BYU alumnus and three-year volleyball letterman, McGown took over the program with 14 years of experience as a coach and clinician.

In 2014, McGown led the Cougars to their second straight MPSF regular-season title and second straight MPSF tournament crown. The team had a 21-9 overall record and 18-6 conference record that year, finishing in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

In his second year at the helm for the Cougars, McGown was named the 2013 AVCA National Coach of the Year and MPSF Coach of the Year. McGown led BYU to its first MPSF championship and tournament title since 2004, along with a spot in the NCAA national championship match. The Cougars went 26-5 overall and 21-3 in conference play.

After accepting the head coach position at BYU, McGown helped BYU to a 24-7 overall record and third-place finish in the MPSF in 2012.

Coaching Career

McGown came to BYU from Gold Medal Squared volleyball camps, where he has been involved since its inception in 1998, working as both an administrator and a coach/clinician. During the course of his career with GMS, McGown has worked with hundreds of schools and clubs and thousands of volleyball players and coaches.

At GMS, he most recently served as a principal clinician at Coaching Education events where he worked closely with his father, former BYU coach Carl McGown. He also had a significant part in the administration of GMS, managing finances, the GMS website, clinic scheduling and staffing and marketing/advertising.
McGown also worked as a volunteer assistant coach for the BYU women's volleyball team from 2009-11.

As a player, McGown was a three-year letterman at BYU from 1990-94. He played for his father and witnessed the growth of BYU men's volleyball from a club program in the late 1980s to one of the dominant programs in NCAA men's collegiate volleyball.

McGown took a break from coaching and playing immediately after college to work as a manufacturing engineer, working closely with companies such as IBM, Boeing, General Electric, General Motors, Merck and the Department of Defense. His experience as an engineer served him well as background for implementing the science behind the GMS systems. McGown left engineering full time in 2003 to work exclusively with Gold Medal Squared. He maintained close ties to the BYU men's and women's volleyball programs, doing play-by-play commentary for TV broadcasts on the BYU Sports Network.

McGown served an LDS mission in Sevilla, Spain from 1988-1990. When not involved in volleyball, McGown can be found skiing, golfing, mountain biking, and chasing after his two daughters.