Heather Olmstead Staff Bio | Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

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Heather Olmstead

Contact email: heather_olmstead@byu.edu

Years at BYU

  • 2011-present


  • Assistant coach for women's volleyball


  • Helped coach the Cougars to a 24-7 (15-3 WCC) 2013 season where they advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament for a second-consecutive year
  • Coached an All-American, Alexa Gray, in 2013
  • Helped 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
  • Helped 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


  • Graduated from Utah State with a degree in family and consumer science in 2002

Prior To BYU

  • Served as assistant coach at Utah State 2003-05
  • Helped Utah State to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2005
  • Served as assistant coach at Utah 2006-10
  • Helped Utah to a Sweet-16 finish in the NCAA tournament and an MWC title in 2008
  • Helped Utah to a second-round NCAA tournament finish and 16-0 conference finish in 2006
  • Utes compiled a 103-51 record with Olmstead as assistant coach
  • Coached the Intermountain Volleyball Association High Performance team at the 2006 Global Challenge in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Served as head coach of the IVA HP Select Team in Florida July 2010

Playing Career

  • Played for Utah State 1998-2001
  • Played for the United States Professional Volleyball Team 2002-03
  • Played for the European Professional Volleyball League 2003

Career Highlights

  • Started all four years at Utah State 1998-2001
  • Helped Utah State to a second-round NCAA tournament finish and No. 21 final ranking in 2001
  • Recorded second-most career digs for Utah State with 981
  • Recorded sixth-most career sets played with 412 and eighth-most career matches played with 116
  • Set single-season record at Utah State for most digs with 340
  • Was the only libero named to the United States Professional Volleyball team for the 2002-03 season


  • Carpinteria, Calif.


  • Parents are Rick and Trudy Olmstead
  • Fourth of seven children
  • Hobbies include playing beach volleyball, snowboarding, hiking and traveling