A distinguished national-level volleyball player, Douglas Beal competed in more than 200 national team international matches, earned United States Volleyball Association All-American honors five times, and received the USVBA player of the Year Award in 1975.
Following these accomplishments, Beal went on to become the first U.S.A. National Coach to lead his team to the Olympic Gold in 1984, and his leadership also helped the U.S. Team acquire the coveted “Triple Crown” of volleyball: The Olympic Gold Medal (Los Angeles, 1984), the World Cup Gold Medal (1985), and the World Championship Gold Medal (1986). After again coaching the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, Beal furthered supported and advanced the sport as CEO of USA Volleyball for more than a decade.
A longtime leader in the sport community, Beal has also served as Head Coach at Bowling Green and Ohio State, as well as Advisor to the President’s Commission on Olympic Sports. His achievements in sport have been recognized with a number of inductions, including his 1989 induction to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Additionally, he has been awarded the USVBA Leader in Volleyball Award and was a finalist for the FIVB Greatest Coach of the 20th Century award.