MONDAY, AUGUST 01, 2011
Volleyball adds John McCallum to coaching staff
There will be a new face on the JU volleyball sidelines as head coach Shaun Kupferberg added John McCallum to the Dolphins coaching staff for the 2011 season.
McCallum joins the JU staff after serving the last four years as a coach for the Jacksonville Junior Volleyball Association where he developed the players on the national and regional teams. He also had a stint during that time as an assistant coach at Nease High School – helping the Panthers to a state title in 2008.
“We were lucky to have someone as qualified as John be interested in joining our staff,” said Kupferberg. “He is a great coach that is very well respected in the Jacksonville community and I look forward to working with him on a daily basis. The enthusiasm and dedication that he brings to his work are contagious and will make for an exciting year.”
In addition to his coaching experience, McCallum has worked in law enforcement for the state attorney’s office and in professional standards for the Duval public school system.
McCallum officially began his coaching career at the high school level in 1973 in Ocala, working with football, boy’s and girl’s basketball and volleyball while teaching physical education. He also served as the top assistant on the 1986 USA Paralympics basketball team that played in Spain and England at the World Games.
“It’s an honor to join the JU coaching staff,” said McCallum. “I have been a fan of Coach Kupferberg’s system here at JU and have enjoyed working with him and Coach (Christina) Diaz at camps. JU volleyball has an excellent group of student-athletes, so it will be exciting to be involved with them this year.”
McCallum earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in psychology/mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a USA Volleyball CAP II certified coach.