USC men's coach hosting elite camp for boys ages 14-18.
Young Trojans look for repeat trip to NCAA Final Four, their home 3 of last 4 years.
hey will join the Trojans in the fall of 2013.
USC men's coach hosting elite camp for boys ages 14-18.
It's the second such honor for USC's sixth-year men's volleyball head coach.
It took ninth-year USC men's volleyball head coach Bill Ferguson just a short time to put the Trojans back on the nation's volleyball map. He was promoted to lead the USC program on May 16, 2006.
He has a 131-93 record in his 8 seasons at USC, with 3 trips to the NCAA Championships (2 runnerup finishes), 2 MPSF regular season crowns and an MPSF tourney title. He has gone 11-6 against crosstown rival UCLA.
He also coached the Southern California Volleyball Club 17 boys team to a gold medal at the 2011 Junior Olympics, the 18 boys team to a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Olympics, the 15 boys team to a gold medal at the 2013 Junior Olympics and the 16 boys team to a silver medal at the 2014 Junior Olympics.
In 2014, USC was 16-11 overall (14-10 in the MPSF) with a No. 10 final national ranking. The Trojans posted wins over eventual NCAA champ Loyola Chicago (which spent much of the season ranked No. 1) and 5 other Top 8-ranked squads. Micah Christenson was named an All-American and won the Lloy Ball Award, Lucas Yoder was the National and MPSF Freshman of the Year and Andy Benesh was a Freshman All-American.
The young, injury-plagued 2013 Trojans struggled through a rebuilding year, going 6-18 overall and in the MPSF. Along the way, though, USC defeated teams that were ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 nationally. Eighteen of the 23 Trojans were underclassmen, including 10 freshmen. Troy tried 14 different starting lineup in its 24 matches.
In 2012, he took a team that lost 4 starters from 2011 (including the National Player of the Year, 2 other All-Americans and the school hitting percentage record holder) and, despite being picked fifth in the MPSF pre-season poll and starting off with a 5-4 mark, turned it into a squad that went 24-6 overall with a No. 2 final national ranking and won a second consecutive MPSF regular season title (for its first time ever) with an 18-4 mark. Troy was the runnerup in the NCAA Championship (appearing in its third NCAA Final Four in 4 years) and played in its sixth consecutive MPSF Tournament (advancing to the semifinals), both as the host school (the near-sellout 9,612 fans at the NCAA final were the third most ever at an NCAA final). For this, he won his second AVCA National Coach of the Year honors and also was Volleyball Magazine National Co-Coach of the Year. Along the way, the Trojans had an 18-match overall winning streak (their longest since 30 in a row in 1990-91), a 14-match MPSF winning streak (the longest since 18 straight in 1991-92) and an 11-match home winning streak. USC held the nation's No. 1 ranking for 4 weeks. The Trojans posted 3-0 sweeps in 17 of their 24 victories, while 11 of the 27 sets they lost were by the minimum 2 points (including 2 sets in the NCAA final). USC was second nationally in winning percentage (.800) and third in blocking (a school rally scoring era record 3.13), and led the MPSF in opponent hitting percentage (.192). Ferguson notched his 100th career win midway through the season. Tony Ciarelli was the AVCA National and MPSF Player of the Year (the first time USC had back-to-back honorees) while leading the nation in aces (he set the USC career record and MPSF match standard), Micah Christenson was the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year and MPSF Freshman of the Year, Robert Feathers led the nation in blocking and Steven Shandrick set the school career hitting percentage record. In the summer of 2012, he was the head coach of the USA Volleyball Men's Junior National A2 team.
In 2011, he was named MPSF Coach of the Year as his fifth USC team went 23-4 (USC's most wins since 1999) and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in 3 years, where it fell in the semifinals. The Trojans went 20-2 in the MPSF (their most league victories since 1986), won their first MPSF regular season title since 1999 (the first outright since 1991) and were the runner-up in the MPSF tourney. USC was ranked No. 1 nationally the entire season until finishing third in the final poll. Along the way, the Trojans won 12 consecutive matches (their longest streak since a school-record 30 in 1990-91), 17 straight home matches (their longest streak since a school-record 19 in 1999-2001) and 11 MPSF matches in a row (their most since 18 in 1991-92). Thirteen of USC's wins were 3-0 sweeps. The team's first 3 losses of 2011 came in 5 sets. USC led the nation in kills (14.16), digs (9.76) and assists (13.35) and its .351 hitting percentage was a school rally scoring era record. The Trojans snapped a 17-match losing streak to Cal State Northridge and held UCLA to its fewest total (55) and set (12) points against USC in the rally scoring era that began in 2001. Murphy Troy was the AVCA National and MPSF Player of the Year (USC's first AVCA honoree since 2000 and first ever by the MPSF) and Riley McKibbin was an All-American first teamer.
In 2010 in his fourth Trojan campaign, his team was 16-11 overall and 13-9 in the MPSF for a sixth place finish. USC began the season ranked No. 1 in the AVCA poll (its first pre-season top ranking since 1991 and its first No. 1 ranking anytime since late in 2000). Troy held that top spot for the first 4 polls while getting off to a 6-1 overall start and 4-0 MPSF start (its best starts since 2000). USC appeared in its fourth consecutive MPSF tourney, its longest streak since going to 7 straight from 1989 to 1995.
In 2009 in just his third year at USC, he was named the AVCA and VBall Magazine National Coach of the Year as he guided the Trojans to a 21-11 overall mark (USC's most overall wins since 2001) and a fifth-place tie in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings at 13-9 (USC's most MPSF victories since 1999). USC won its first-ever MPSF Tournament title. His Trojans defeated 7 Top 6-ranked teams. He guided USC into the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1991, where it lost a 5-set heartbreaker in the final. He also helped USC to the MPSF tourney final for the first time since 1999 and its first back-to-back-to-back appearances in the MPSF tournament since a 3-year streak from 1999 to 2001, as well as to its highest national ranking (second) since 2000. USC's 5-match early-season winning streak was its longest since 2001. USC posted its first back-to-back wins over BYU since 1997-98 and snapped a 14-match losing skid to the Cougars that stretched to 2001. His Trojans posted a third consecutive victory over UCLA, USC's longest such streak over the Bruins since getting 4 in a row in 1980-81 (he has a 4-2 coaching mark against UCLA). With a 3-0 win over UC Irvine in the MPSF tourney semis, USC also snapped a 10-match losing streak to the Anteaters that stretched to 2004 and was the Trojans' first win at Irvine since 2000, ending an 11-match losing string there (that 2000 victory was also the last time USC beat UCI in 3 sets). USC also won a pair of pre-season tournaments (in Canada and Hawaii). Murphy Troy was USC's first All-American first teamer since 2000.
In 2008 in his second season at Troy, he led USC to its most overall and league wins since 2001 and its first back-to-back appearances in the MPSF tournament since a 3-year streak from 1999 to 2001. USC was 13-16 overall and 10-12 for eighth place in the MPSF. His Trojans swept UCLA, the first time USC defeated the Bruins twice in a row since 1991 and the first time since 1990 that USC recorded consecutive wins at Pauley Pavilion. And his squad had a 5-game victory at Pepperdine (USC's first victory in Malibu since 1999, snapping a 9-match losing streak there).
In 2007, his first season as head coach, he guided USC to its best season in 6 years. The Trojans had their most overall (12-16) and MPSF (9-13) wins, their highest MPSF finish (eighth) and their first appearance in the MPSF tournament since 2001. USC beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion for the first time since 2000 and the 3-0 win was its first sweep over the Bruins since 1991, giving Ferguson a victory in his debut against legendary UCLA coach Al Scates. Troy also snapped a 12-match losing streak to Hawaii and did so in Honolulu, its first win there since 1999.
Ferguson, 44, was an assistant at USC in 2006, when he also served as Troy's recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator in addition to coaching the setters.
In the summer of 2006, he was the head coach of the USA Volleyball Men's Junior National A2 team.
This is Ferguson's second stint at USC, as he was an assistant for 2 years (1997-98) under head coach Pat Powers.
He was one of the nation's most successful junior volleyball coaches and club directors before returning to USC in the summer of 2005. In his 15 years of coaching experience at the club level, he coached teams to 19 medals (including 12 golds) at national championships and the clubs he directed won 31 medals.
He spent 4 years (2002-05) as the co-owner, director and coach of the Southern California Volleyball Club. He was the head coach of the 2004 boys 18s team that won the gold at the Junior Olympics, as well as the 2002 16s and 2005 17s squads that took home bronzes. His SCVC girls 18s teams won a gold in the Junior Olympics Invitational division in 2003 and a bronze in the National division in 2005. Overall, SCVC teams won 9 medals at national championships.
Before that, he was with the Los Angeles Athletic Club for 5 years (1996-2001). He was the head coach of boys 18s teams that captured golds at the Junior Nationals in 1996 and 1999 and a bronze in 2000. He also was the co-head coach of the 2001 LAAC boys 18 team that won a Junior Nationals silver, and an assistant on the 1997 LAAC boys 16s squad that won a gold. He also coached LAAC men's teams at the U.S. Open National Championships, getting a gold in 1999 and 2001, plus a silver in 2000 (in 2001, he doubled as an assistant with a women's team that won a bronze there). In all, LAAC teams won 15 medals in his tenure there. He also served as an assistant with the USA Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001.
Ferguson began his coaching career as an assistant for the Santa Monica Beach Club for 2 years (1991-92). He helped the boys 14s team to the silver medal at the Junior Nationals in 1991 and the 16s squad to the gold in 1992.
In 1993, he resurrected the Reebok Palisades club that was founded in 1983 by his father. He guided the boys to a pair of gold medals (16s in 1993 and 18s in 1994) and a silver (18s in 1995) at the Junior Nationals and also was an assistant on the 1993 18s team that won a bronze. As club director, Reebok Palisades took home 5 medals at the Junior Nationals.
Among the players he has coached are Olympians Misty May, Brook Billings, Donald Suxho, Gabe Gardner, Jeff Nygaard, Ryan Millar, Brett Winslow and Mark Williams, as well as Brandon Taliaferro, Jimmy Killian, Murphy Troy and Tony Ciarelli. Suxho, Taliaferro, Troy and Ciarelli were national Players of the Year.
Ferguson played for Palisades High in Pacific Palisades (Calif.), where he was a member of the 1988 L.A. City championship team. He then took a 2-year hiatus from volleyball. While enrolled at Santa Monica (Calif.) College, he pursued a competitive surfing career, where he was a member of the U.S. Surfing Federation's USA National Team in 1991 and 1992. He competed on the Bud Pro Tour from 1991 to 1995.
He comes from a volleyball family. His father, Tom (a USC graduate), was a 2-time (1961-62) All-American at Santa Monica College, which won the USVBA college national championship both years. His mother, Susie, was an avid volleyball player and helped Tom start the Palisades club team. His brother, Bob, played on the Palisades 17s team that won the 1984 Junior Nationals gold medal.
From 1987 to 1991, Ferguson was a familiar face on the Southern California collegiate volleyball scene, where he served as a linesman for men's and women's matches.
He was born Aug. 24, 1970. He and his wife, the former Brenn Larson, who played at Washington State and UCLA, have a daughter, Blake, 4.
YEAR-BY-YEAR WITH BILL FERGUSON