Men's Volleyball History
The rich tradition of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball program continues to this day. The proud owners of five NCAA Championships, nine regular-season conference titles and four* Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament crowns, the Waves regularly demonstrate a level of success that is sustained year in and year out on the beautiful Malibu campus.
Pepperdine’s most successful program has made the NCAA Championships event on 15* occasions, including seven* times over the past 15 years. The Waves’ five NCAA championships (1978, 1985, 1986, 1992, 2005) are the second most of any school in the country and account for five of the nine NCAA titles that Pepperdine has won as a school.
Pepperdine has finished in the top six of the final AVCA poll in 15 of the last 17 seasons beginning in 1997.
As a whole, the Waves have posted an overall record of 709-338 (.677)* in 43 seasons and a cumulative league mark of 498-259 (.658).* Since the MPSF went to its current round-robin format in 2002, Pepperdine owns the best record at 182-84 (.684).* The Waves’ record in MPSF play since the league was established in 1993 is 293-142 (.674)*.
The backbone to the program’s success is head coach Marv Dunphy. Entering his 31st season in 2014, Dunphy is just one of three coaches in any sport to win an NCAA title in four different decades.
He notched his 500th* career win when the Waves defeated Cal State Northridge on February 26, 2010. Dunphy, now with a career record of 546-421 (.694)*, is believed to have become the fifth head coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history to reach that milestone.
*Pepperdine later vacated all wins (66), NCAA Tournament loses (1), MPSF Tournament Championships (1) and NCAA Tournament appearances (1) accrued during the 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11 seasons due to self-reported NCAA violations. Records marked with an asterisk do not reflect this. Pepperdine’s official NCAA all-time record prior to the 2014 season is 643-337, while Marv Dunphy’s official NCAA record at Pepperdine is 480-240 overall. Pepperdine’s official conference record is 44-259 and its official MPSF record is 242-142. The Waves have officially won three MPSF Tournament titles and made 14 NCAA appearances. Official season records are as follows: 2008, 0-10; 2009, 0-5; 2010, 0-10; 2011, 0-15.