Mean Green volleyball head coach Andrew Palileo added his first assistant, Al Givens, who most recently was the head coach at Charleston Southern for the 2012 season.
At the Division I level, Givens spent time at Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Weber State and Charleston Southern, where he combined for 391 career wins. He has 405 wins overall at the university level.
“I am excited to have Al as my associate head coach here at North Texas; we have known each other and worked side by side for several years,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “His experience as a head coach in Texas will benefit our program because he knows the club and high school landscape very well. More importantly, he is a good coach and a man of integrity, which is how we would like to represent North Texas volleyball.”
Prior to Charleston Southern, Givens turned around the program at Texas A&M International. In his last season at TAMIU, Givens was named the 2012 Heartland Conference’s Coach of the Year after leading the Dustdevils to a 14-18 record and their first bid to the Heartland Conference Tournament in five years. Heading into Givens’ first season at TAMIU, the Dustdevils won one match in 2010 (1-25) and had not qualified for their league tournament in four seasons.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to join Coach Palileo’s staff and become a member of the Mean Green family,” coach Givens said. “Under coach Palileo’s leaderships, I believe we will build upon the recent success of North Texas volleyball and help take the program to the next level. It is an exciting time to be a part of North Texas volleyball.”
Givens started his coaching career in Yuma, Arizona in 1977 where he was head coach at Kofa High School. After four years at Kofa, he made the jump to college volleyball taking the head coach job at Arizona Western College.
In 1984, he made the leap into Division I, taking an assistant coach position at the University of Mississippi. The following season he was promoted to head coach and spent one year as the Rebels’ head coach before accepting the same role at Texas A&M University in College Station in 1986. During his two years at Ole Miss, the Rebels went 50-28, and Givens had a 29-15 record as the head coach. During his time with the Aggies, Givens picked up numerous Top 25 wins and one Top 10 win over No. 7 Texas in 1991, finishing his career with the Aggies with an overall 123-122 record.
After seven years with the Aggies, he accepted the head coaching job at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He had several Top 25 wins and one Top 10 win over No. 10 Utah in 2002. He was named Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2006 and finished his 18-season career at Weber State as the longest tenured volleyball coach in the history of the Big Sky Conference.
During his tenure as a head coach, (29 years at DI & II) Givens has coached 154 academic all-conference selections, 64 all-conference players, 10 all-tournament team selections, four All-South Region players, 4 Newcomers of the Year, two Freshman of the Year, one NCAA Woman of the Year and one NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as several Regional and National Academic All-Americans.
Givens received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1975 from William Jennings Bryan College, where he also played varsity soccer and baseball. He received his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in 1983.
He is married to Flossie McNally, a former volleyball coach who he met while coaching at rival schools in Arizona. He and his wife have three children, two daughters, Stephanie and Cori, and a son, Matthew.