William Morgan invented the game of volleyball in 1895 while working as a physical director at the Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, MA. Naismith and Morgan first met during a football game in 1891 between the Training School, where Naismith was a player and coach, and the Mount Hermon School for Boys, where Morgan was a student. After the game, Naismith, impressed by Morgan's playing ability, encouraged Morgan to attend the Springfield College. Morgan graduated in 1894 and began work as a physical director, first at the Auburn YMCA in Maine and then at the Holyoke YMCA. While working in Holyoke, Morgan recognized a need to create an activity that was less rigorous and strenuous then basketball and geared towards middle-aged businessmen. His game, a combination of basketball and badminton, was originally called Mintonette. After its debut at the Physical Director's Conference at Springfield College, Morgan's former professor, A.T. Halstead suggested changing the name to volleyball. Morgan left the YMCA in 1897 to begin work with General Electric and Westinghouse but maintained his ties to the college and the game he created. Morgan died in 1942 at the age of 72.
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