Grossmont College head men’s volleyball coach Fred Featherstone retired this year after 22 seasons with the Griffins. He has coached players such as Reid Priddy, Richard Lambourne and David Lee during his long career, and led the Grossmont squad to the postseason 13 times.
A San Diego State University graduate, Featherstone began his boys volleyball coaching career in the early 70’s at La Jolla High School. In 1980 he was hired to coach the USIU women’s program, reaching the NCAA Tournament six years later with the squad. He started at Grossmont, located in El Cajon, Calif., in the fall of 1989, coaching the women’s team to a championship in 1995 and the men to a conference championship in 2000. With over 300 cumulative wins, Featherstone was inducted into the California Community College Men’s Volleyball Hall of Fame last year.
Featherstone’s last game was in late April, where his team had a shot at the JC state championship. Grossmont lost in the championship game to Irvine Valley College (25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 15-13), in what Featherstone said was a heartbreaking loss. Featherstone plans to continue coaching at Seaside Volleyball Club, which he founded in 1989.
Originally published in July 2011