Our Team

Our world-class advisory staff is responsible for some of our sports most sucessful programs. Whether it’s winning Olympic Gold, or competing for NCAA titles, we have done it all.


International Medals


Olympic Medals


Collegiate Championships


NCAA Conference Titles

Chris McGown

Co-Founder / Head Coach

Chris is a founding member, and current head coach in the Japanese Men's Professional League. As a former Head Coach for the BYU Men, Chris led the squad to the MPSF Championship and runner up at the NCAA National Tournament. Chris was named the MPSF and AVCA Coach of the Year.

Marv Dunphy

Co-Founder / Hall of Fame Coach

While coaching the USA Men, Marv won every major international event, including the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. During his tenure at Pepperdine, Marv led the waives to five NCAA Division I Championships. Dunphy holds a career record of 507-199.

Mike Wall

Assistant Coach - USA Men

Mike is a 2-time Olympic Assistant Coach, attending both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021 games. Since 2013 Mike has helped Team USA win multiple medals, including World Cup Gold, World League Gold, World Championships Bronze, and an Olympic Bronze in Rio.

Courtney Thompson

Assistant Coach - Stanford

Courtney is currently an Assistant Coach for the Stanford Women's program. As a player, Courtney participated in both the 2012 Olympic Games, winning Silver, along with the 2016 Olympic Games, winning Bronze. In 2005, Courtney led the UW Huskies to their first ever NCAA championship.

volleyball coach heather olmstead

Heather Olmstead

Head Coach - BYU Women

Heather is the head coach for the Women's BYU squad, and the 2018 National Coach of the Year! Heather coached the 2017 Cougars to a 30-3 (17-1 WCC) season where they won a fourth-straight conference title and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for a sixth-consecutive season.

volleyball coach John Speraw celebrates

John Speraw

Head Coach - USA Men

John is the head coach for both our USA Men's National Team and the UCLA Men's Program. In his first quad with team USA John won a World League Gold, a World League Brozne and the first World Cup since Marv did it in 1986. In 2016 John led Team USA to the Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

Luka Slabe

Head Coach - NC State

Luka was a part of history in Tokyo, helping the USA Women's team to their first ever Olympic Gold Medal. Currently, Luka is the Head Coach of the women's program at NC State University. A native of Slovenia, Luka came to the USA in 2000, playing for Carl McGown and the BYU Men’s program.

University of Washington volleyball coach Keegan Cook celebrates

Keegan Cook

Head Coach - University of Washington

Keegan was hired as the Head Coach at UW in 2015. His first two seasons resulted in two Pac-12 Championships and two trips to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championships, with five different Huskies earning AVCA All-America honors covering every position on the court, and a Pac-12 Player of the Year award.

Georgia volleyball coach Tom Black in practice

Tom Black

Head Coach - Georgia

Tom is currently the head coach for the University of Georgia Women. Since 2013 Tom has also served as an assistant coach to the Women's National Team, helping Team USA capture it's first ever World Championship Gold. Tom was also on the bench when the women won the Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

volleyball coach Chris Tamas

Chris Tamas

Head Coach - Illinois

Like many of our advisory staff members, Chris' coaching career began working summer camps with Gold Medal Squared. In 2017, Chris helped the Nebraska Women's Team to yet another NCAA Championship. In 2018, Tamas took over as the head coach at Illinois, guiding his team to final four in his first year.

SMC Head Volleyball Coach Rob Browning talks with an athlete

Rob Browning

Head Coach - St. Mary’s College

Rob enters his 14th season as the head women's volleyball coach at SMC. Browning has led the Gaels to sustained success throughout that has seen Saint Mary's volleyball grow both on and off the court. In addition to his duties as head indoor coach, he helped establish sand volleyball as SMC's 17th intercollegiate sport.

Baylor head volleyball coach Ryan McGuyre

Ryan McGuyre

Head Coach - Baylor

In his 5th season, Ryan led Baylor to a 29-2 record and the national semi-final match. With multiple coach of the year honors, along with 6 NAIA National Championships while with Cal Baptistis, Ryan has become one of our sports most successful (and humble) coaches. We are honored to have him on board!

Arkansas head volleyball coach Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Head Coach - University of Arkansas

Jason was named the head coach of the University of Arkansas volleyball team in 2016. In 11 prior seasons as a head coach at BYU (2005-07) and Arizona State (2008-15), Watson closes the 2020-21 season with a 264-222 (.543) record and has guided his teams to seven NCAA Tournament selections.

Miami women's volleyball coach Jose Keno Gandara

Jose Gandara

Head Coach - University of Miami

Jose "Keno" Gandara is the head coach for the University of Miami Women's Volleyball Team. The Hurricanes returned the NCAA Championship in 2017 for the fourth time in five seasons under Gandara’s leadership. Prior to taking over at Miami, Keno was an assistant coach at the University of Washington.

Joe Trinsey

GMS Staff

Joe Trinsey has established himself as one of, if not the most talented statistician in the world. Joe has a unique ability to analyze the game of volleyball and provide coaches with powerful information. Both USA and GMS are extremely lucky to have Joe on staff. He's no doubt the smartest guy in the room.

Giovana Melo

Head Coach, Cal State Bakersfield

In her first six years at the helm of CSUB, Melo has led the indoor volleyball program to a pair of Western Athletic Conference Tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Along the way, she has accumulated a record of 85-94 record (.475) including a 19-14 record in 2017.