According to Olmstead, Patch referred to Harper at the time as "some guy who is marrying a former BYU women's soccer player."
That would be Kayla Varner, whom Harper married in the San Diego LDS Temple last December.
Coincidentally, Varner transferred from BYU to Ohio State, site of this year's championships and where BYU will take on Long Beach State on Thursday in a national semifinal match (4 p.m MDT). Varner graduated from OSU with a degree in strategic communications.
"So he has rubbed shoulders with guys like that," Olmstead said. "He's pretty good at what he does, that's for sure."
He's not bad at volleyball, either.
Hey coach, what are you chewing?
Along with guiding BYU's women team to the 2014 national championship match and the men's team to the national championship match last year at Penn State, Olmstead is known for always having gum in his mouth to reduce stress on the sidelines.
He was asked his favorite flavor on Wednesday.
"I've been on a Hubba Bubba craze lately, a bubble gum kick the last couple of months," he said. "It changes, kinda like Ben's hair. It changes with my emotional state. It kinda just goes that way."
Speaking of Patch's hair, he was asked why he went from a healthy, hair product-enabled coif last year to a short, bleach-blonde look this year.
"I am just a funky person, so I just wanted to mix it up," he said. "I wish I was a blonde, I guess. Last year I looked like I had taxidermy on my head, so we are moving in the right direction."
Asked later what he can do this year to make sure BYU doesn't lose in the NCAA finals, Patch quipped: "Have better hair."
Patch, who had five service aces in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Barton College, served his shortened LDS Church mission in Columbus, and was in the same area for seven months.