BYU’s Shawn Olmstead named MPSF men’s volleyball coach of the year

(Photo courtesy BYU) BYU Head Coach Shawn Olmstead answers questions during the press conference. The BYU Men's Volleyball defeated Long Beach State 3-1 in the Semi-Final Match of the NCAA Volleyball Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

BYU’s Shawn Olmstead has been named the 2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s volleyball coach of the year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Olmstead, in his third season with the Cougars was previously named the conference’s coach of the year in 2016, his first season at the helm.

He is just the fourth coach at BYU to earn league coach of the year honors, following previous head coach Chris McGown in 2013, his father Carl McGown in 1999 and 2001 and Tom Peterson in 2003.

Backed by a 22-6 overall record and an MPSF regular-season and tournament championship, the Cougars are returning to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in six years. This is first time BYU has ever been to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.

The Cougars began the season with a 5-4 record, then proceeded to win 17 of their next 19 matches through the MPSF Championship.