The USC senior outside hitter is one of four nominees for the prestigious Honda Sport Award
USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio received the single highest honor for a volleyball student-athlete
The Women of Troy advance to their fifth NCAA regional final in six years and will face Kansas on Dec. 12
USC senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was chosen for AVCA Division I Regional honors for the fourth time
The Women of Troy hit .338 and put up 10 blocks to defeat Cleveland State at Galen Center
The USC women's volleyball team defeated BYU in four sets to advance to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional Championship.
The sixth-seeded Women of Troy fell, 3-0, to third-seeded Texas in the Austin Regional Final.
The Women of Troy defeated Wichita State, 3-0, in the 2012 NCAA Austin Regional semifinal on Friday, Dec. 7.
The Women of Troy defeated the Gaels, 3-0, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Mick Haley is in his 16th season (40th overall) as head coach at USC and continues to add to the rich history and heritage of one of the most successful women's volleyball programs in the nation.
At the helm for the Trojans, Haley has guided his teams to two national championships (2002 and 2003), six NCAA national semifinal appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011), three Pac-12 championships (2002, 2003, 2011, 2015), and 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In those 15 years, USC has received a top five final ranking, eight times under Haley.
In 2015, the Women of Troy received the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the program’s fifth regional final in six years. The Trojans shared the Pac-12 crown and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the 25th consecutive season. USC was ranked No. 5 in the final AVCA poll with an overall record of 33-3. Haley was named the Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Coach of the Year and was also touted as the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year. It was the fourth time under Haley that the Trojans had produced 30 wins in a single season. The Trojans had the Pac-12 and AVCA National Player of the Year in Samantha Bricio who went on to become the Honda Sports Award winner and a three-time AVCA All-American.
Haley has posted an impressive overall record of 392-95 (.805) while going 215-67 (.762) in Pac-12 Conference matches.
On his personal mantle, Haley is a member of the AVCA, the Junior College Coaches’, and the Ball State Halls of Fame. He was named the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, the first time at USC that he earned that honor. Haley was the AVCA National Coach of the Year in both 2003 when he led the Women of Troy to a second-consecutive NCAA Championship, and in 2011 when the Trojans advanced to the national semifinals.
Haley guided the 2003 squad to a perfect 35-0 record (only the fourth team to ever accomplish the feat at the time). In the process, Haley put together a then-NCAA-record 52-match winning streak, dating from Nov. 8, 2002, to Sept. 11, 2004. During the impressive streak, the Women of Troy compiled a 156-14 set record (91.8%). In 2003, he earned the most prestigious honor among collegiate coaches and something that had eluded him in previous years of his career as he was honored as the AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.
As a two-time national championship head coach at Texas and four-year United States National Team coach, Haley took the helm of the Trojan program at the start of the 2001 season. He brought a tradition of excellence as one of the elite coaches in the game with him to a University with a rich tradition of its own.
In his 39 years as a collegiate head coach, Haley boasts a 1,165-283-1 (.805) career record as a women’s head coach and a 914-232 (.798) mark in 32 years at the Division I level. He ranks seventh among the NCAA’s winningest active coaches according to win percentage (.798) and fourth for all active coaches by victories (914). He owns a 365-77 (.826) career record against conference opponents while competing in the Southwest, Big 12, Pac-10, and Pac-12 conferences. After winning the Pac-10 title in 2002 and 2003, and the Pac-12 title in 2011 and 2015, he boasts 18 career conference championships.
Along with his men's coaching record, Haley is 1,262-315-1 (.800) during his tremendous career that includes four NCAA Division I women's national championships and six overall junior college national titles. He recorded his personal 1,000th win on Nov. 25, 2005, with USC's 3-0 win at home against California.
Haley accepted the USC coaching position in June of 1999, to replace Lisa Love, who had guided the Women of Troy for the 10 preceding seasons, but did not assume the position until he had fulfilled his responsibilities with the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team.
Following the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Haley joined the 2000 USC squad midway through the collegiate season, but allowed Interim Head Coach Jerritt Elliott to complete the year. From the bench, Haley served as a mentor to the team and its coaching staff as the Trojans reached the NCAA championship semifinals for the first time in 15 years.
Haley officially took the reins of the program in 2001 and found his first season to be bittersweet. The immensely talented Women of Troy dominated competition through the regular season and breezed through the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament without losing a single set. But the Trojans, who were looking for a return trip to the national semifinal, fell one match short, as they lost, 3-2, to Arizona in the NCAA Regional Championship match. USC finished the season with a 25-4 overall record, a second-place finish in the Pac-10 (16-2), and a No. 5 AVCA final ranking.
The disappointment of the 2001 season only fueled the fire for Haley and his team as they began a dominant two-year run. His 2002 squad dropped only one match throughout the regular season (to conference rival Stanford) and claimed sole possession of the Pac-10 title for the first time with a 17-1 mark.
USC only got stronger as the 2002 season continued and swept its first four NCAA opponents before it defeated Florida in the semifinals, 3-1. A rematch was set with the rival Cardinal, and this time the Trojans came out on top. USC beat Stanford, 3-1, to win the program’s fifth national title and its first since 1981. With the win, Haley became just the second head coach in NCAA history to win a national championship at two different universities.
The experiences and success gained in 2002 were only improved upon in 2003. USC’s dominating performance throughout the season drew comparisons to the greatest teams of all time. In addition to the NCAA Championship and a second-straight Pac-10 conference title, the Women of Troy received a program-first four All-America selections (including three first teamers) and seven All-Pac-10 selections (including five first teamers). With the accolades, Haley added four players (April Ross, Emily Adams, Bibiana Candelas, and Keao Burdine) to his list of more than 30 All-Americans. Ross was also named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was honored with the Honda Award as the nation's top volleyball player.
Haley also recorded some notable wins in 2003, including his 200th career conference victory and 50th Pac-10 victory in a win over California on Nov. 15, and his 600th career NCAA victory in a win over Washington State on Nov. 1.
2003 also saw Haley inducted into the University of Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor on Nov. 14, in a ceremony held in Austin, Texas. He was also awarded the Ball State Lifetime Volleyball Coaching Achievement Award in a ceremony held in Muncie, Ind.
His 2004 club went 23-6 as the program made its third straight NCAA Final Four appearance. During the 2005 season, Haley registered his 900th collegiate win as a women's coach on Nov. 4 against Oregon State. His 2006 squad played the first match at the new Galen Center and later advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2007, he led the Women of Troy to another Final Four appearance on the heels of a 3-0 sweep in the Gainesville Regional final against his former Texas squad with USC barely missing a chance to play for the national title and finishing third in the nation.
With no seniors on the squad in 2008, the Women of Troy struggled during the season. USC, however, was ranked in the Top 10 for most of the year and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was another trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 2009 squad as the team finished the season ranked No. 16 nationally with a solid 22-10 overall record.
The Women of Troy were able to make another stellar postseason run in 2010. Despite losing to Stanford twice during the regular season, USC shocked the Cardinal by rallying to win a five-set thriller in the NCAA Dayton Regional final to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the sixth time in 11 seasons and finished with a No. 3 national ranking.
In 2011, Haley led USC to its first back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances since 2004, thanks to an epic run through the Honolulu Regional and two classic five-set wins over Hawai'i and Pepperdine. USC finished the season with its second-straight No. 3 national ranking, and won the inaugural Pac-12 Conference title with a 20-2 record. Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter became the school's first-ever AVCA National Player of the Year.
The Women of Troy received the No. 6 ranking in the final poll of 2012 and were 30-6 overall with a 15-5 mark in Pac-12 matches for third place. During the season, Haley surpassed Chuck Erbe (USC’s first women’s volleyball coach) in wins with the Trojans and guided USC to its 900th all-time victory. His squad produced two more All-American selections on the way to another NCAA regional final appearance.
In 2013, the Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA regional final for the fourth straight year. USC was ranked No. 6 in the final poll and finished third in the Pac-12 (16-4) with an overall mark of 29-6. The Trojans boasted the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year for the second straight season (Ebony Nwanebu) and Natalie Hagglund took home the league’s Libero of the Year award for the third straight season. Hagglund, Bricio, and middle blocker Alexis Olgard were each named All-Americans with Nwanebu whose first-team nod also made her the AVCA National Freshman of the Year.
Prior to his return to the collegiate ranks, Haley made his mark on the international and Olympic stage. He completed his fourth season with the U.S. National Team in 2000. His squad earned a berth into the 2000 Olympics in Sydney by defeating Canada to win the Nike Americas’ Volleyball Challenge (NORCECA). In Australia, the team surprised many by advancing to the semifinals before falling to Russia, 3-2, and Brazil, 3-0, in medal contention. The Americans, who were not favored to make the semifinals, much less push the powerful Russians to a fifth game, relinquished the bronze medal to Brazil with the loss and finished fourth overall; the highest U.S. finish since the Americans won the bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Haley joined the USA National Team in January of 1997. In his first season, he molded an entirely new squad into an international contender. The U.S. women went 16-13 in 1997, finished second at the NORCECA Zone Championship behind 1996 Olympic gold-medalist Cuba, and posted key victories over Canada, Germany, and the Dominican Republic. In 1998, the team opened the year 10-0 en route to a 31-30 mark, won the NORCECA Zonal Championship qualifier and the Canada Cup, with impressive wins over Italy, Peru, and Japan. 1999 began with much of the same success, as Haley’s team swept the Dominican Republic to earn the bronze medal at the Pan American Games, and fell to Cuba in the final match of the Continental Championship. The performance secured a spot for the U.S. at the World Cup where the team posted a 3-8 record.
Before entering the international spotlight, Haley spent 17 successful seasons (1980-96) at Texas, where he was 522-137-1 overall, won two national championships, 13 Southwest Conference titles, and earned 15 NCAA tournament berths.
His teams won the AIAW national title in 1981 with a 60-6-1 overall record, and the NCAA crown in 1988. After winning his second title, he was named the 1988 Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year. The 1988 championship squad is the only team to date to capture the NCAA title with a perfect 15-0 game record. Until 1995, it was also the only NCAA title claimed by a non-West Coast team.
If success was measured solely by the accolades earned by a coach’s players, and the numbers were but a mere side note, Haley would sit comfortably among the nations best. In 17 years with the Longhorns, he coached 13 SWC Players of the Year and more than 20 All-Americans.
Prior to Texas, Haley coached at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., for seven seasons (1973-79). He first served as an instructor and intramural director. He then took the helm of the men’s and women’s varsity teams in 1973 and went 251-51 overall to lead his women’s team to the national junior college title in 1978 and 1979. He also coached the Kellogg men to four national crowns during that time with a 97-32 record. In 1997, he was inducted into the Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame.
While at Kellogg, he also trained with the U.S. National Team and served as an assistant coach with the U.S. men’s and women’s programs.
As a setter at Ball State (1962-65), he helped lead the Cardinals to the 1964 and 1965 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association titles. He was the MIVA’s MVP in 1965 and made the All-MIVA second team in 1964. Haley earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State in 1965 and was inducted into the Ball State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
Haley received a master’s degree in education in 1966 from Southern Illinois, where he started a men’s volleyball club team.
A native of Angola, Indiana, Haley was a four-sport athlete at Angola High School where he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. He was later inducted into the Angola High School Hall of Fame.
Haley and his wife, Carrie, have a daughter, Halie, 27, and a son, Hunter, 28. Haley also has a son, Heath, 39, and a daughter, Heather, 44, from a previous marriage, and four grandchildren, Harrison, 16, Hayley, 14, Amelia, 7, and Michael, 5.