Rob Neilson Staff Bio | Men's Volleyball Associate Head Coach

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Rob Neilson

Years at BYU

2007-present

Education

  • Bachelor's of science in neuroscience from BYU in 2006
  • Working on an MBA from BYU

At BYU

  • Named associate head coach of the team in June 2014
  • Helped coach the Cougars to a 21-9 overall record in 2014, finishing in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament
  • Helped coach the Cougars to a 26-5 overall record in 2013, finishing in the championship match of the NCAA tournament
  • Assisted the Cougars to a 24-7 overall record in 2012
  • Served as interim head coach in 2011, collecting a 20-8 overall record and No. 5 final national ranking
  • Served as assistant coach to Shawn Patchell 2007-2010

Before BYU

Has coached volleyball summer camps since 2000

Playing Career

  • Starting setter at BYU in 2005 and 2006
  • Named both All-MPSF Honorable Mention and Academic All-MPSF in 2005 and 2006
  • Named AVCA Player of the Week in 2005
  • Member of BYU's 2004 national championship team
  • Played for coaches Carl McGown and Tom Peterson

Hometown

Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Mission

Croatia

Personal

  • Married to wife Sarah
  • Has three children
Rob Neilson

Rob Neilson enters his seventh season as a coach at BYU. He began his coaching career in 2007 as an assistant to former BYU head coach Shawn Patchell. Serving as the interim head coach in 2011, Neilson guided the Cougars to a 20-8 record and a No. 5 final national ranking. Neilson was an assistant to head coach Chris McGown for three years before being named associate head coach in June 2014.

Neilson has been coaching volleyball at summer camps since 2000. He played for and coached under former BYU coaches Carl McGown and Tom Peterson.
Neilson married Sarah Wheatley in September 2006 and the two have three children--Etta, Liam and Charlotte.

Education

BS degree in neuroscience from BYU in 2006. Neilson is currently working on an MBA from BYU's Marriott School of Management.

Playing Career

Neilson was the starting setter for two years with the Cougars in 2005 and 2006. As a junior in 2005, Neilson earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Honorable Mention status while also being named Academic All-MPSF.

He started every match in his junior and senior year. Neilson was named the USA Today/AVCA National Player of the Week in his junior season for his play against Hawaii.

As a senior, Neilson earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention and Academic All-MPSF honors for his second consecutive season. All totaled, Neilson played in 314 career games for BYU, which is seventh in BYU history. He was a member of BYU's 2004 National Championship team.

Hometown

Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Mission

Croatia