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Years at BYU
Years as Men's Volleyball Head Coach
- 2015-present (With the 2016 season being his first)
- Advanced BYU to the national championship match of the NCAA Tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2021
- Helped BYU to three-straight NCAA Final Four appearances for the first time in program history (2016-2018)
- Led BYU to three MPSF regular-season titles his first three season as head coach (2016-18)
- Guided BYU to three MPSF Tournament championships in 2016, 2018 and 2021
- Four-time MPSF Coach of the Year (2016, 2018, 2020, 2021)
- Has coached nine athletes to a total of 18 AVCA All-America honors (as of the start of the 2021 season)
- His winning percentage of .784 (105-29) is the highest of any active men's volleyball coach in the NCAA Division I-II (as of the end of the 2020 season)
- Coached BYU to a winning record in each of the five seasons at the helm of the program
- Coached the 2020 AVCA National Player of the Year, Gabi Garcia Fernandez
- Coached four AVCA All-America honorees, including three first-team All-Americans in 2020: Gabi Garcia Fernandez (First), Davide Gardini (First), Wil Stanley (First) and Zach Eschenberg (Honorable Mention)
- Guided BYU to a 17-1 (6-0 MPSF) record and No. 1 national ranking before the season was cut short with six regular-season matches remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Coached two AVCA All-America honorees in 2019: Gabi Garcia Fernandez (Second Team) and Davide Gardini (Honorable Mention)
- Helped the Cougars to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament
- Led BYU to a 22-7 (10-2 MPSF) record in 2018, winning the outright conference title and tournament championship for the second time in three years
- Coached four AVCA All-America honorees in 2018: Brenden Sander (First Team), Gabi Garcia Fernandez (Second Team), Leo Durkin (Honorable Mention) and Price Jarman (Honorable Mention)
- Led BYU to a 26-5 (16-2 MPSF) record in 2017, winning a share of the conference regular-season title
- Coached four AVCA All-America honorees in 2017: Jake Langlois (First Team), Brenden Sander (Honorable Mention), Price Jarman (Honorable Mention) and Leo Durkin (Honorable Mention)
- Led BYU to a 27-4 (19-3 MPSF) record in 2016, winning the outright conference title and tournament championship
- Coached four 2016 AVCA All-America honorees: Brenden Sander (First Team), Ben Patch (First Team), Jake Langlois (Second Team) and Leo Durkin (Honorable Mention)
Years as Women's Volleyball Head Coach
- Led BYU to a 30-5 (16-2 WCC) record in 2014 where it won an outright conference title and advanced to the championship match of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history
- Coached three 2014 AVCA All-Americans: Jennifer Hamson, Alexa Gray and Amy Boswell
- Collected his 100th win in four seasons
- Named the AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year in 2014
- Named the 2014 All-Pacific South Region Coach of the Year
- Named the 2014 WCC Co-Coach of the Year
- Led BYU to a 24-7 overall record in 2013, including a second-consecutive round of 16 NCAA tournament finish
- Finished the 2013 season with a 15-3 WCC record that included a 10-0 start to conference play
- His players received an All-American honor, two all-region honors, four All-WCC honors and WCC Freshman of the Year in 2013
- Led the Cougars to their first conference title since 2005, their best record since 1998 at 28-4 and a finish in the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament, the team's first showing at the tournament since 2007, during the 2012 season
- Coached four All-Americans, including AVCA first teamer Jennifer Hamson, in 2012
- Named 2012 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2012 Pacific Region Coach of the Year
- His players received four all-region honors, WCC Player of the Year, WCC Freshman of the Year, WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, four All-WCC honors and two WCC All-Freshman honors in 2012
- Led Cougars to 21-9 (10-6 WCC) season in 2011
- Coached players to three all-conference honors, three academic all-conference honors, one all-region accolade and one AVCA All-America citation in 2011
- Helped the team to a third-place finish in BYU’s first season in the West Coast Conference
- Led the Cougars to their first 20-plus win season since 2007 in the 2011 season
- Coached the team to a win against Utah in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Deseret First Duel
- Graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish education in 2005 with a sociology minor
Prior to BYU
- Served two years as assistant coach for volleyball at Utah State
- Put together the second-best recruiting class in the WAC in 2007
- As defensive coach, helped the Aggies rank 25th nationally in blocks per game in 2007
- Served as assistant coach for one year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Helped Mustangs to 19-6 record in 2005
- Served as volunteer assistant coach for UVU in 2004
- Coached with IVA High Performance and at various volleyball camps
- Played libero for BYU
- Played at Carpinteria High School in California
- Helped Cougars to national championships in 2001 and 2004 and national runner-up finish in 2003
- Recorded third-most digs in a single season in school history in 2004
- Started at libero his senior season
- Had 302 career digs as a Cougar
- Named high school league's Most Valuable Player during his senior season
- Set his high school's record of 47 kills in a match
- Mendoza, Argentina, 1997-99
- Carpinteria, Calif.
- Married to Farrah Hofheins
- Sister Laci played for BYU in 1994 and 1995
- Has three daughters and a son
View Shawn Olmstead's BYU athlete profile
Shawn Olmstead was named head coach of the men's volleyball team in 2015. He entered his first season as an assistant coach for BYU women's volleyball in 2008, serving as the recruiting, video and defensive coordinator. In 2011, Olmstead was named the BYU women's volleyball head coach.
Olmstead was named the MPSF Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons after guiding his team to a 22-7 (10-2 MPSF) overall record in 2018. He led the squad to the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season - the first such stretch in program history. Olmstead coached four AVCA All-Americans in 2018: Brenden Sander, Gabi Garcia Fernandez, Leo Durkin and Price Jarman.
Olmstead led his squad to the NCAA tournament title match for the second-consecutive season in 2017. He coached the team to a 16-2 MPSF record, good for a share of the conference regular-season title. The team ended with a 26-5 overall record in 2017. Olmstead coached four AVCA All-Americans in 2017: Jake Langlois, Brenden Sander, Price Jarman and Leo Durkin.
After becoming head coach of the men's team, Olmstead coached the squad to the national championship match of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. He helped coach his team to an outright Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season and tournament title while being named the 2016 MPSF Coach of the Year. The Cougars finished with a 27-4 (19-3) record in 2016. Olmstead also coached four All-Americans in 2016; Brenden Sander, Ben Patch, Jake Langlois and Leo Durkin.
Olmstead saw his most successful season as head coach of the Cougars in 2014. He coached BYU to the national championship match of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. The Cougars became the first unseeded team in tournament history to make it to the final match. To get there, BYU upset No. 11 Arizona, No. 6 Florida State, No. 14 Nebraska and No. 2 Texas. The Cougars also won an outright West Coast Conference title after Olmstead led his squad to a 16-2 league record. Olmstead coached three All-Americans in 2014, including Jennifer Hamson, Alexa Gray and Amy Boswell.
In 2013, Olmstead coached his team to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for a second-consecutive year. Olmstead and the Cougars defeated Arizona State and No. 11 seeded Hawai'i on its home court before losing to No. 6 seeded USC. The Cougars placed second in the West Coast Conference after narrowly losing a five-set battle at San Diego for the league title in the final regular-season match. 2013 saw Alexa Gray pick up All-American, All-Pacific South Region First Team and All-WCC honors with five additional Cougars receiving regional and conference accolades.
Named West Coast Conference and Pacific Region coach of the year for 2012, Olmstead led the Cougars to their first conference title since 2005 and best season record (28-4, 13-3 WCC) since 1998. Olmstead and the Cougars hosted the first two rounds of the 2012 NCAA tournament before losing in the round of 16 to No. 5 seeded Oregon. (Oregon went on to play for the championship againsts Texas.) All-American Jennifer Hamson raked in awards, including two All-America honors, All-Pacific Region First Team and WCC Player of the Year. Four of Olmstead's starters received All-America awards and All-Pacific Region awards, and five Cougars received postseason conference recognition.
In 2011, Olmstead coached the BYU women's volleyball team to a 21-9 season, its first season with 20 or more wins since 2007. The 2011 season marked BYU's first time playing as a member of the WCC. Though picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll, Olmstead helped the Cougars to a No. 3 ranking, tied with Saint Mary's, to end 2011. The team narrowly missed a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which BYU last attended in 2007.
Olmstead came to BYU with four years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach for two years at Utah State under former BYU men's volleyball assistant coach Grayson DuBose. While at Utah State, Olmstead served as the program's recruiting coordinator, putting together the second-best recruiting class in the Western Athletic Conference in 2007. He also was responsible for defensive game preparation, including breaking down opponent film and preparing scouting reports. His efforts helped the Aggies rank 25th nationally in blocks per game in 2007.
Prior to his stint at Utah State, Olmstead spent one year as an assistant coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 2005 where he also served as the recruiting coordinator as well as organizing team travel. He helped the Mustangs achieve a 19-6 overall record, improving from 5-24 the year prior to Olmstead's arrival.
Before coaching at Cal Poly, Olmstead spent one year as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's program at Utah Valley State College. He has also coached with IVA High Performance and at various volleyball camps.
Olmstead attended BYU and played libero for the men's volleyball program, helping the Cougars win National Championships in 2001 and 2004 along with a national runner-up finish in 2003. During his senior season in 2004, Olmstead recorded the third-most digs in a single season in school history and earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Tournament honors. Olmstead started at libero his senior season, collecting 230 digs that year to put his career total at 320.
A native of Carpinteria, Calif., Olmstead prepped at Carpinteria High School where he earned All-CIF volleyball honors as both a junior and senior along with being named his league's Most Valuable Player during his senior season. He set a school record by recording 47 kills in a match.
Olmstead graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish Education in 2005 along with a Sociology minor. He is married to the former Farrah Hofheins, and they have three daughters and a son.