Dr. James Coleman
Inducted as Coach 1992
Dr. James Coleman began his coaching career from 1954 to 1958 at the University of Kansas, and then moved on to the Dayton, Ohio YMCA (1959 to 1964) and the Kenneth Allen VBC in Chicago from 1965 to 1973.
His national team coaching responsibilities are numerous: USA Men's program 1965 to 1970, USA Men's Olympic Team head coach 1968 and 1980, USA Men's Olympic Team assistant coach 1988, 1984 advisor to both Men's and Women's USA Olympic Teams, Pan-Am Games head coach in a first place victory in 1967, assistant coach in second-place finish in 1971 and head coach again in 1979.
At the World Championships, Coleman was head coach in 1966 and 1970 and assistant coach in 1978. Coleman acted as interim head coach in 1990.
In 1964, Dr. Coleman was elected a USVBA leader in volleyball. He was also involved in the Five Coaches Commission in 1966, the Five Rules Commission from 1977 until the 1990s. He was also a founding member of NORCECA in 1969.
During the 1990s, Coleman served at the Director of the USA Volleyball Teams Training Center in San Diego.