USA Olympic Coach ‘84 - ‘96
Oregon State University ‘05 - ‘16
Terry Liskevych spent 12 years as the head coach of the USA National Women’s Volleyball Team. During his tenure with the National Team, the U.S. posted over 300 international victories and earned bronze medals at the 1992 Olympics and the 1990 World Championships. In 1995 Liskevych led his team to the gold medal at the World Grand Prix and was selected as the FIV International Coach of the Year.
Liskevych spent two years (‘72-‘73) as an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball team at George Williams College before earning the first head coaching job of his career coaching the Ohio State men’s team. He twice took the team to the NCAA tournament Final Four in 1975 & 1976, and posted a two-year record of 45–7 (.865 winning percentage). The Buckeyes were co-champions of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association both of his seasons and he earned MIVA coach of the year both times.
In the fall of 1976, Liskevych switched to the women’s collegiate game and began his coaching career at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton, California. He was there for nine seasons (‘76-‘85) and accumulated a record of 267–85 (.759) as University of the Pacific finished top five in the nation six of his nine years, including a second-place finish in 1980. Liskevych earned four NorPac Coach of the Year honors and was named Pacific Coast Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year in 1984. He also received the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award in 1983.
After coaching the USA National Women’s Team for 12 years and taking time off to pursue ventures in the business world, Liskevych made his return to coaching volleyball in 2005 and was the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2016. During his time at OSU, Liskevych was named the PAC-12 Coach of the Year in 2014, as his Oregon State women’s team made the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Championships. This marked the Beavers’ first NCAA Tournament berth since 2001 and the third in school history.
Since 2003, Liskevych had been the owner and president of Total Sports, Inc., a sports marketing and consulting company. Prior to Total Sports, Liskevych was the president and co-founder of ARK Digital Technologies, Inc., which produced and marketed digital video systems and developed software solutions for sports. In addition, he has spent time as a consultant for the Australian national teams 1995-2003. In 2011, he co-founded The Art of Coaching Volleyball – a series of national and international coaching clinics that features a unique internet site for coaches.
Liskevych and his wife, Nancy, have two children. Mark, who graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2008 and works for the US Soccer Federation in Chicago, and Krista, a 2011 graduate of University of the Wisconsin where she was the captain of the soccer team. She is presently an emergency department nurse in Virginia.
Courtesy: Associated Press