Former Cougar All-American Chelsea Goodman and Shawn Olmstead have been named assistant women's volleyball coaches. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- BYU head women's volleyball coach Shay Goulding has announced the completion of her volleyball coaching staff, adding Shawn Olmstead and retaining former Cougar All-American Chelsea Goodman as assistant coaches for the 2008 season.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have both Shawn and Chelsea on board," said Goulding. "Without a doubt, they are great additions to our program. Both had stellar careers here and are very passionate about BYU volleyball and everything it represents. I certainly feel that as a staff we are committed to the success of this program and look forward to an exciting future."
Goodman, who was initially hired by the previous coaching staff after completing her playing career, and Olmstead are the 17th and 18th assistant coaches in the history of the program. The new coaching staff takes over a BYU program that is No. 4 all-time in total victories and has qualified for 34 of the sport's 39 national postseason tournaments, including 24 of 27 NCAA Championships. The program boasts 24 conference titles and 64 All-America citations.
Olmstead enters his first season as an assistant coach at BYU in 2008. He will serve as the recruiting, video and defensive coordinator.
Olmstead comes 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.
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 a daughter and a son.
Goodman enters her first season as an assistant coach at BYU in 2008. She will serve as the Cougars' travel coordinator as well as helping with recruiting and working with the outside hitters.
This will be Goodman's first experience as a coach at the Division I level. She has been an active member of the coaching ranks at various BYU camps during her Cougar playing career.
A two-time All-American and three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection, Goodman played for the Cougars from 2004-07 as an outside hitter. She finished her BYU career ranked seventh all-time in program history in career kills (1,493), fifth in career kills per game (3.92) and sixth in career digs (1,100). Her career kills and kpg marks are fourth in MWC history while her career dig tally is second, just nine off the league record.
A dominant presence on the outside, Goodman set the MWC career double-double record with 57, including 23 as a senior while posting double-digit kills in every match she played in in 2007. She was named an all-conference selection three times and earned All-Region honors twice. After receiving American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention as a junior, her career culminated in an AVCA All-America Third Team selection in 2007, making her the first Cougar since Nina Puikkonen in 2000 to be named to an All-America team.
In addition to her prowess on the court, Goodman exemplified extraordinary leadership and academic skills during her Cougar career. The two-time team co-captain earned Academic All-MWC accolades three times.
A graduate of Mountain View High School in Mesa, Ariz., Goodman will graduate in April with a degree in School Health.