Stew McDole

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Stewart McDole

Stewart McDole, Ph.D. serves as a director for the USAV Foundation board.

He is now in his 36th season as the head coach of the Graceland women’s volleyball program, where he has amassed more than 900 wins. In addition, he has been named the HAAC Coach of the Year 12 times. A postseason qualifier in 34 seasons, his Yellowjacket programs have produced 24 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America selections and 58 All-America scholar-athletes. 

McDole is a 1965 Graceland graduate; he later completed both a master’s and a doctorate in leisure studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. He spent two years as director of athletics for Graceland and chaired the board of governors of the HAAC during that stint. Part of his present assignment includes teaching physical education and leisure services administration. McDole also served a seven-year stint as the academic division chair. 

In June 2005, McDole was awarded the Dr. Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, USA Volleyball’s highest honor. McDole is an elected officer of USA Volleyball, where he served first as a board member for 10 years and subsequently as corporate treasurer for a total of 15 years, and as executive vice president for four. USA Volleyball recognized him with the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award in 1978. In 1986, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. 

McDole served 18 years on the board of directors for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the NAIA representative and was a member of the AVCA executive committee. In February 1990, McDole was the cover feature for the AVCA’s official journal, Coaching Volleyball. He received the AVCA Founders Award in 1997 and in 2003, McDole was one of 23 members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class inducted by the AVCA. 

McDole and his wife, Patty, are parents to three children: Chad, Mica and Corey (all Graceland grads). The McDoles are also the owners and operators of “Country Plus,” a gift and Hallmark store in Lamoni, Iowa.