Shay Goulding enters her third season in 2010 as the head coach of the BYU women’s volleyball program after starting out on Feb. 27, 2008..
Goulding has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as the head coach at SLCC where she cultivated the Bruins into one of the elite junior college programs in the country. A four-time NJCAA District I Coach of the Year and two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year, Goulding guided her SLCC teams to four NJCAA Tournament berths, placing as high as second. Her teams have earned a top-10 NJCAA ranking in each of the last four seasons.
Goulding’s 2007 team earned a 44-2 record while finishing third at the NJCAA National Tournament with both losses coming against eventual national champion Western Nebraska. Goulding was honored with her second AVCA West Region Coach of the Year award and fourth District I honor and graduated her fifth All-American. The Bruins made their third consecutive national tournament appearance in 2006 while Goulding garnered her third District Coach of the Year accolade and graduated her third NJCAA All-American. After placing third in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, Goulding led the Bruins to the Region 18 Championship and a bid to the NJCAA Tournament, where the team finished in 11th place.
The 2005 Bruins also finished third in the SWAC and rallied to win the region and district championships. The Bruins ended the year ninth nationally after Goulding received her second District Coach of the Year award. In 2004, she guided the Bruins to a second-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament, producing her first two All-Americans in just her second season as head coach. As a result, she was named the District I and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching at SLCC, Goulding spent one year at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif., and three years as part of the coaching staff at Utah State University. During her time as an assistant coach at USU, the Aggies went to the NCAA Tournament twice and were ranked in the top 25 in the country for two consecutive years. The Aggies’ climb to the top included back-to-back 20-win seasons and 10 Big West All-Conference selections.
Goulding’s coaching experience also includes coaching at the high school and club levels in both California and Utah for the past 11 years. Goulding has directed and coached at camps throughout the western states and has become known as a sound clinician and excellent teacher of motor skills. She was a featured speaker at the 2007 AVCA convention and has served as the Chairman of the AVCA Awards Committee since 2004.
Playing Career: Goulding played collegiate volleyball at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. A middle blocker/outside hitter, she was named team captain and the Chanticleers Most Valuable Player in 1994 while being selected to several all-tournament teams.
Education: A native of Visalia, Calif., Goulding received her Master of Education degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Motor Learning from Utah State University in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from BYU in 1998.
Personal: She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Santiago, Chile, from 1996-97.
Shawn Olmstead enters his third season as an assistant coach at BYU in 2010. He will serve as the recruiting, video and defensive coordinator.
Prior to coaching at BYU, Olmstead came 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.
Playing Career: 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.
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.
Education: Olmstead graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish Education in 2005 along with a Sociology minor.
Personal: He is married to the former Farrah Hofheins, and they have a daughter and a son.
Alme, an Eden Prairie, Minn. Native joins Shay Goulding and the rest of the staff as an assistant coach for the 2010 season.
Alme comes to BYU after a successful playing and coaching career at Utah Valley University. She spent her freshman year of college at Ricks College in 2001 during the last year the school competed in intercollegiate athletics and then transferred to Utah Valley University (then UVSC) to finish out the rest of her college playing years from 2003-2005.
Growing up in Eden Prarie, Minn., Alme attended high school at Eden Prairie High School and lettered in volleyball all four years, and track and field three years. In her senior year of high school, she was named co-captain of the volleyball team and was nominated for Athena Female Athlete of the Year.
Playing Career: In college she served as the co-captain both her junior and senior seasons at UVU. She set school records for most digs in a single set and in a match as a junior. She was named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times her senior year, and also achieved Female Athlete of the Year and the Wilson Sorenson Spirit of Sport Award her senior year.
Alme helped lead the Wolverines to the DI Independent National Championship her senior year and was named to the All-Tournament team. She was also named the DI Independent Defensive Player of the Year her senior year in 2005.
Switching gears from playing to coaching, Alme stayed at UVU as a student assistant coach Jan. 2006-May 2007 and then served as a volunteer assistant coach at UVU from Aug. 2007-May 2008. During that time she was also a head coach for Club Utah. From Nov. 2008-May 2009 she was the head coach of Club Arrowhead (16-2) in Arizona.
Personal: Alme loves the oudoors, spending time with family and friends, playing the guitar, singing and reading. She can’t get enough of LOST, 24, The Office, Community, Mexican food and The Man From Snowy River. She is married to Christopher Alme.
McGown comes to BYU from Gold Medal Squared volleyball camps, where he has been involved since its inception in 1998, working as both an administrator and a coach/clinician. During the course of his career with GMS he has worked with hundreds of schools and clubs and thousands of volleyball players.
He took a break from coaching and playing immediately after college to work as a manufacturing engineer, working closely with companies such as IBM, Boeing, General Electric, General Motors, Merck and the Department of Defense. His experience as an engineer served him well as background for implementing the science behind the GMS systems. McGown left engineering full time in 2003 to work exclusively with Gold Medal Squared.
At GMS, he most recently served as the principal clinician for Club Coaching events and spent countless hours with his father, Carl McGown, at the organizations summer clinics. He also had a significant part in the administration of GMS, managing finances, the GMS website, clinic scheduling and staffing and marketing/advertising.
Playing Career: As a player, McGown was a three-year letterman at BYU from 1990-94. He experienced the ups and downs of playing for his father and lived with the team through its early growing pains to becoming one of the more dominant programs in men's collegiate volleyball. He has maintained close ties to the BYU men's and women's programs, doing play-by-play commentary for their TV broadcasts on the BYU Sports Network.
Personal: When not involved in volleyball, he can be found skiing, golfing, mountain biking, and chasing after his two beautiful daughters.
Vinci began working with the sport of volleyball in a small club called Pallavolo Casteggio as manager and then assistant coach as a 13-year-old. In this club he worked with various teams, one of which won a championship and advanced into the regional category. He has worked with both the men’s and women’s Division II Italian Professional teams and went to the 2008 Olympic Games with the Men’s Italian Senior National Team.
Here in the United States, Vinci has worked with the BYU men’s and women’s volleyball teams, as well as USA Volleyball. He was an assistant coach with the Men’s Junior National Team at the 2009 FIBA World Championships in India.
Education: A native of Milan, Italy, Vinci is double-majoring in business and Italian while also earning a minor in music.
Personal: He is the son of Francesca and has sisters Deborach, Alessia, Angelica and Ombretta.