William G. Morgan

po_Morgan-William1William G. Morgan (January 23, 1870 – December 27, 1942) was the inventor of volleyball, originally called “Mintonette”.

As William Morgan worked as the Director of Physical Education at the YMCA in Holyoke, he started to notice that the game of basketball was not meant for everyone to play. The weaker young men, non-athlete adults, and the older adults were not able to keep up with running up and down the court, along with the amount of contact they would occasionally run into. Morgan then had to think of a game in where everyone would have an equal amount of participation but also had similar objectives to basketball. He wanted to think of a game, which everyone could play, no matter your age, or physical ability.


William Morgan left his job at the YMCA in 1897 to start a new career with General Electric and Westinghouse. He stayed in touch with Springfield College and stated that he was “Content in the knowledge that the game brought a richer life to millions of people throughout the world.”