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Why BYU Women's Volleyball?

Winning Tradition 

  • Recorded 38 seasons of 20-plus wins in the past 45 years and have only had two losing seasons in the program's recorded history
  • Won 26 conference titles
  • Appeared in 36 of 41 national championship tournaments, including 27 of 31 NCAA tournaments
  • BYU has finished in the top five of the AIAW national championships four times, made the round of eight at the NCAA tournament nine times, the NCAA Final Four twice and the NCAA National Championship match once
  • Individually, 28 Cougars have received 67 All-America awards, including 11 AVCA/CVCA First Team and six Volleyball Magazine First Team
  • Five student-athletes have earned eight Academic All-America awards, including four first-team selections
  • Fourteen players have played for national or Olympic teams

Read the 2013 BYU women's volleyball season review.

Coaching Staff

  • In 2014, led the Cougars to their first-ever National Championship match in the NCAA tournament, a WCC title and a 30-5 overall record
  • In 2013, coached the Cougars to a second-consecutive round of 16 in the NCAA tournament
  • In 2012, led the Cougars to their first conference title since 2005
  • In 2012 had BYU's best record since 1998 at 28-4
  • Coached three All-Americans in 2014, including AVCA first teamer Jennifer Hamson
  • Coached four All-Americans, including AVCA first teamer Jennifer Hamson, in 2012
  • Head coach Shawn Olsmtead was named 2012 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2012 Pacific Region Coach of the Year
  •  Players received four all-region honors, WCC Player of the Year, WCC Freshman of the Year, WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, four All-WCC honors and two WCC All-Freshman honors in 2012
  • Coached the Cougars to four regular season tournament titles

Read head coach Heather Olmstead's bio.


  • Outstanding academic reputation
  • Unique and diverse opportunities
  • Commitment to athletics
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Nation's largest private university

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  • Fielded four volleyball teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament
  • Had as many as four volleyball teams in the AP Top 25 Poll during the 2014 season
  • Has most conference volleyball matchups streamed live online
  • Conference opponents include Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara
  • Four conference members finished in the top 100 in NCAA Division I volleyball in 2013
  • Has produced 26 total NCAA Division I individual or team champions

Read more about the WCC.


  • Student Athlete Academic Center
  • Full-time Academic Advisement staff and tutors
  • Commitment to graduation
  • The only program in the NCAA to receive Public Recognition Award for High Academic Achievement from the NCAA and an NCAA Tournament bid in each of the last five seasons
  • Member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program

Visit the Student Athlete Academic Center’s page.


  • In 2014, 11 home matches were broadcast on BYUtv
  • All future matches not broadcast on television will be available to stream live on TheW.tv
  • The Cougars appeared on ESPNU during two matches in 2014 and on ESPN2 in two matches of 2014
  • BYU appeared on ESPN3 twice in 2014
  • BYUtv is available in more than 20 million homes nationwide via Dish Network and DirecTV and on cable in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Wyoming
  • Network is expanding throughout the world, gaining viewers in the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America.

Visit the BYUtv sports page.

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  • Seats 5,000
  • Volleyball court named after legendary BYU women’s volleyball coach Elaine Michaelis
  • Also includes an athletic training facility, locker rooms for BYU's intercollegiate athletes and a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center.

Read more about the Smith Fieldhouse and view a slideshow of the volleyball facilities.

Athletic Training 

  • State-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the nation's best
  • Features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes 
  • Staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists
  • Staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest 

Visit the BYU sports medicine page for more information on athletic training.

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