Heather Olmstead Staff Bio | Women's Volleyball Head Coach

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Heather Olmstead
Department
Women's Volleyball

Contact email: heather_olmstead@byu.edu

Years at BYU

  • 2015-present: head coach
  • 2014: assoicate head coach
  • 2011-13: assistant coach

Responsibilities

  • Head coach for women's volleyball

At BYU

  • Helped coach the Cougars to a 30-5 (16-2 WCC) season where they won an outright conference title and advanced to the championship match of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history
  • Coached three AVCA All-Americans in 2014: Jennifer Hamson, Alexa Gray and Amy Boswell
  • 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

Education

  • 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

Hometown

  • Carpinteria, Calif.

Personal/Family

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


Heather Olmstead was named the BYU women's volleyball head coach in 2015.

In January of 2014, Olmstead was named the associate head coach of BYU women’s volleyball. During the year, she helped coach the Cougars to perhaps their most successful season to-date. BYU went 30-5 on the season, winning an out-right West Coast Conference title, before advancing to the national championship match of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. It was also the first time an unseeded team had reached the title match in its history. Three Cougars were named AVCA All-Americans in 2014: Jennifer Hamson, Alexa Gray and Amy Boswell. 

In 2013, she helped coach the Cougars to a 24-7 (15-3 WCC) season where they advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament for a second-consecutive year. During that season she coached an All-American, Alexa Gray.

In 2012, Olmstead helped coach 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 that same year she coached four All-Americans, including AVCA first teamer Jennifer Hamson.

Olmstead helped coach the Cougars to 21-9 (10-6 WCC) season in 2011. She helped the team to a third-place finish in BYU’s first season in the West Coast Conference. In 2011, she coached players with three all-conference honors, three academic all-conference honors, one all-region accolade and one AVCA All-America citation.