While writing a story on UCLA men’s volleyball coach Al Scates, who has won 19 NCAA titles and is in his 50th and last season, I heard some wonderful stories and got some great insights from two of his former players, John Speraw and Karch Kiraly.
But deadline arrived before I could include some observations from the legendary Sinjin Smith, who won two NCAA titles while playing for UCLA and was an all-America honoree twice. Smith, whose jersey was retired by UCLA, later went on to team with Kiraly on the beach and became an enthusiastic promoter of beach volleyball.
Smith had some interesting thoughts on Scates that I thought were worth passing along, so here they are.
Incidentally, Scates’ Bruins have four home matches coming up at the John Wooden Center: Friday against Stanford, Saturday against Pacific, Wednesday against Cal State Northridge and Jan. 27 against UC Santa Barbara.
Al has set the standard for all coaches in any sport. It will be very difficult for anyone to have the longevity combined with the success that he has had.