Anyone who missed Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy win his 500th career match will get a chance to see him try to accomplish the feat again.
Dunphy moved back below the 500-win milestone earlier this week after the NCAA vacated Pepperdine’s 66 victories from 2008-11 because of NCAA rule violations — dropping the Hall of Fame coach from 532 to 466 career wins.
The NCAA penalized five Pepperdine teams, including men’s volleyball, for violations that included improperly distributing financial aid to student-athletes and incorrectly certifying transfer student as eligible to compete.
Among the sanctions levied against Pepperdine men’s volleyball, baseball and tennis teams included those sports vacating all wins from the years when the infractions occurred.
The NCAA public report released Tuesday regarding the Pepperdine case also stated that vacated wins do not count in a coach’s career win total or in achieving victory milestones, such as 500 career wins.
Dunphy before the vacated wins originally secured his 500th career victory in February 2010. At the time he became the fifth head coach to reach the 500-win milestone in NCAA men’s volleyball history.
Dunphy, now 34 wins from returning to the 500-win club, has a realistic chance to accomplish the feat by the end of the 2014 season.
Pepperdine, before the recently vacated years, had won at least 17 matches in 15 of the 29 seasons with Dunphy as the head coach. In addition, the Waves return a majority of its starters for the upcoming year after finishing last season 14-15 and reaching the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
Along with the vacated wins, Pepperdine also had to vacate its 2008 MPSF championship and Final Four appearance. In addition, the athletics department was placed on a three-year probation and the five teams received scholarship reductions