With 25 years of experience coaching volleyball, Brian McCann is recognized as one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the Keystone region. Since founding ECP in 2013, ECP has sent more than 30 teams to USAV nationals and graduated players to more than 70 college programs. Prior to founding EC Power, Coach McCann coached club teams at Synergy and PVA, spent 10 years coaching CYO at Mother of Divine Providence, where he made nine trips to the Archdiocesan Championships and won three championships. Many top high school and Division 1 players from the region began their volleyball careers in CYO or club teams with Coach McCann. He is now head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School. His daughter Emily was a defensive specialist for La Salle University and recently graduated. Meghan, 17, plays for her high school varsity team along with club volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is steeped in Discipline, Hard work, and Mastering Skills correctly to create healthy habits and specific muscle memory for long-term athletic success. I believe that a well-skilled and mentally tough player who will sacrifice for the best of the team creates a strong collaborative effort that breeds success.
Best Volleyball Moment: Beating Mizuno Northern Lights in the Gold Crossover match to take over the No. 1 overall seed at the 2011 USAV National Championships in Atlanta.
My Life in Sports: I grew up playing baseball and basketball, and won a baseball and academic scholarship to play at LaSalle University. I was introduced to volleyball in college by my brother’s girlfriend (now wife) who was an awesome high school player. I began playing volleyball with the LaSalle Men’s Club Team, where I was a setter. In 1986, my sophomore year, I was drafted by Major League Baseball, but that dream ended when I suffered a severe leg break during a pickup basketball game. After going through rehab, I was able to return to volleyball and became an AA-Open player in outdoor beach and grass until 2003. What made me fall in love with volleyball was that it combined the skills of basketball and baseball. Jumping, approaching, and playing defense are very similar in basketball, while serving and attacking mimic the dynamics of throwing a baseball. I found a home in volleyball, and am still here and love it. But I still go to the batting cages with my daughters on the weekend.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am hanging with family and friends and getting to the beach whenever I can.
Favorite subject in school: Math
Last Book I Read: Inferno by Dan Brown
Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back (Stars Wars Episode V)
Favorite Quote: “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back(Here’s Yoda saying it in the movie)
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: St. Paul, one of the most amazing minds of all time.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I love to cook!