Larry Chowen hopes his
experience as a player and knowledge as a coach will translate into
a successful program for the Panthers women’s volleyball team.
"In order to establish a winning program at this level you need two
factors," said Chowen. "You need to have players with reasonably
good skills and a staff to help develop those skills."
Chowen would like to have at least eight skilled players for the
foundation of his squad and looks for girls who play in competitive
high school and club volleyball programs.
"It wasn’t a difficult transition to go from coaching high school to
college," said Chowen. "I’m familiar with the progression of kids at
different ages when they play club volleyball. I understand the
players’ growth and how to operate a team with the personnel I’ve
Chowen coached the boys varsity at Long Beach Wilson from 1995-97
and assisted on the girls varsity. He was there to help coach his
daughter Teddi, who helped guide the team to two straight Moore
League championships and made it to the CIF quarterfinals both
years. At Cypress High Chowen coached the boys varsity and junior
varsity girls from 1997 to 1999. Cypress’ girls coach retired and
told Chowen could have his job but the principal went in another
direction, so Chowen left the school.
From 1999 to 2000 Chowen coached at East Los Angeles College.
Compared to East Los Angeles College, Chaffey College has a bigger
and deeper pool of talented players in the local area to recruit.
An ideal situation for Chowen would be for all 10 of his players to
see some action in a match, with no adjustment in the level of play.
He wouldn’t want to carry a woman on the team if she didn’t expect
to see some playing time. It will take the Panthers some time to
slowly progress and spread the word if they’re successful. He wants
to add a couple of experienced players to his program.
"The players can believe in my knowledge because I’ve been on the
court," said Chowen. "I’ve played at a high level and can relate to
the skills needed to be a winning program. I understand the
difference between being a coach and a player."
Because he coached both his daughters who earned Division I
university scholarships, Chowen said he could work with anyone.
Currently Chowen operates Club Beach in Long Beach which has three
girls volleyball teams. His philosophy is to give the girls good
coaching which they may not receive at larger volleyball clubs.
Chowen wants his girls to learn to become better volleyball players.
Born and raised in Long Beach, Chowen graduated from Long Beach
Millkan High in 1965 and ran track. He played volleyball for Long
Beach City College in 1966-67 and joined the Marine Corps in 1968.
Chowen played for Long Beach State in 1969-70 and helped the 49’ers
to advance to a western regional championship and eventually lost to
UCLA in the NCAA finals in 1970.
From Long Beach State Chowen earned his bachelor of arts degree in
physical education in 1981. He’s currently attending Cal State
Dominguez Hills to earn his masters degree in physical education. At
Chaffey College Chowen teaches volleyball and weight lifting
Chowen and his wife, Rosa have been married for 30 years, live in
Long Beach and have two daughters. Teddi, 22, recently graduated
from Arkansas State, where she played volleyball. She followed older
sister Leslie, 26 who also played at Arkansas State. Leslie
currently teaches and coaches volleyball at Magnolia High in
"I’m really proud of them," Chowen said about his daughters.
"They’re good players and they teach and coach physical education."
In his free time Chowen likes to water ski and snow ski. He played
volleyball for a men’s 45-50 team called Iron Mountain, which made
the national playoffs in 1997.