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S: 2001 NCAA National Champions

BC: Front row: Todd Clevenger, Jaime Mayol, Jerimiah Larsen, Luka Slabe, John Alleman, Shawn Olmstead, Fernando Pesoa Back row: Hector Lebron, Mike Wall, Joaquin Acosta, Matt Olsen, Mac Wilson, Scott Bunker, Chris Gorny

FC: 2001 NCAA National Champions

1: Carl, This book a small token of our thanks to you for your dedication, example and hard work that you gave to the 2001 BYU Men's Volleyball team. We could not have accomplished what we did without your encouragement and coaching. Thanks! (this needs to be edited...if anyone could add a few words/edits here, that would be great)

3: A total of seven weeks at No. 1, 23 victories, an MPSF regular-season championship title and four All-Americans later, the dream finally became a reality on May 5, 2001, at The Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The second-ranked Cougars knocked off 18-time National Champion and top-ranked UCLA to claim their second NCAA National Championship in three seasons. The Cougars (23-4) outdueled the Bruins (24-8) for the second time in 2001, this time in just three games, 30-26, 30-26, 32-30. “Before the season started, I said I thought this team could win a National Championship,” BYU head coach Carl McGown said. “It has been a long season and we’ve done some great things, but this is the greatest. I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys for setting a goal early on, working hard, sticking to it and winning their second National Championship. I couldn’t be happier for these guys. It was great to win the championship in 1999 when we should have won it, but it’s an even better feeling to win it when the odds weren’t so much in our favor, and to win it against the best of the best--it’s such a great feeling.”

4: The list of advice is long, probably because I needed so much of it. Of all the things BYU Men's Volleyball accomplished while Carl was coaching, my memories primarily come from practice, particularly the start of practice. The mental image I have of walking in to the gym and seeing Carl standing at the whiteboard will always stand clear in my mind. Walking over to him and getting a hug or a high five was something I always looked forward to. Having that small connection every day was special. Carl has impacted my life way beyond the volleyball court, and for that I will always be grateful. Thanks Carl Mike

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6: I opened my locker one day, during the early years of my time at BYU, to find this quote: "Winning the race of life is not about winning the race against other people; it is about winning the race against yourself. Your chances of success in life are just as good as anyone else's, IF YOU HAVE THE WILL. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Genius will not. Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." Also, we were repeatedly reminded, "Every play, every day." These are just a few of the pearls that we learned from Coach McGown. My life made a significant and abrupt change for the better because of his exceptional coaching and friendship. Under his direct supervision I was able to accomplish more than I ever thought possible. And since those countless hours in the Smith Field House, my life has continued to be blessed by his mentorship and counsel. Aside from my parents, Carl has influenced my life for good more than anyone else. Scott

7: Carl, It is hard to pick one thing that has impacted me, but I think the thing that impacted me the most as I look back on my time being coached by you was the fact that you gave a tiny little kid from Utah a chance to play volleyball for the best coaching staff and the best team in the country. Getting to know you and be in that environment has helped me immensely in my career and has inspired me to be a volleyball coach. Since I often feel like an underdog, learning that hard work can help you get where you want to be is something that I use daily in my life and will be a lesson I will teach to my kids. Thank you for granting me an opportunity to know you, taking a chance on me, and being a part of my life. I will always cherish the help you have given me. I don't think I would be where I am today without the things you did for me. Thank you very much! Jerimiah

8: "If a tree falls down in the middle of a forest, does it make any sound?" Carl always had a very philosophical way of getting his points across. It was a privilege to have played for Carl. Russell

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11: I have so many stories that ended with the classic Carl McGown pat on the face "don't do that again my boy" with the look of amazement that someone actually tried and pulled it off. My fondest memories weren't of killing myself in practice or of Carl wanting to kill me because of something stupid I did. It was meeting him at Sundance to go skiing and snowboarding together. Once riding the lift up he said "It doesnt get much better than this" my reply was just "yup". It showed me to enjoy life, you must live it. Even though Carl has devoted himself to volleyball he always took time to enjoy life. I will always be grateful for the life lessons he personally taught me. Chris Gorny

12: Carl once said, "There are no small things."

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14: Carl, A quote that has stuck with me is, "Don't trade what you want most for what you want now." I appreciated the fact that you started every practice with a motivational thought. You had a multidisciplinary approach that produced both well rounded players and men. I loved how you used principles from kinesiology, psychology, business, etc to teach us how to be the best players and people we could be. You taught me the value of compounding interest. What volleyball coach teaches his players to invest? You taught me how to properly set goals. I still use the goal setting format that you taught me to use. Aside from my mission president and my family, you have been the most influential person in my life. I look at the opportunities that I had while I was at school and after leaving BYU, and I know that I wouldn't be where I am today without you. Thank you so much! Mac

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18: Carl, Thank you very much for all of the wisdom you imparted during my time on the BYU volleyball team. Any success I achieve in life will be due in large part to the lessons about honesty, perseverance, teamwork and dedication I learned in the Smith Fieldhouse. Todd

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