Heather Olmstead joins the Utah volleyball staff as an assistant coach.
March 23, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah volleyball head coach Beth Launiere has rounded out her 2006 coaching staff with the addition of Heather Olmstead as an assistant coach. Olmstead comes from Utah State where she spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach under Burt Fuller.
While on the Aggie staff, she helped guide the team to a 48-43 record, including a 21-13 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2005.
"Heather is one of the up-and-coming coaches in our profession," remarked Launiere. "I loved her competitiveness as a player and am excited to have her on the Utah volleyball staff."
She joins Launiere and assistant Fuller on the Utah staff. Fuller, the former Utah State head coach, came to Utah to be an assistant coach earlier this month.
Olmstead was a four-year starter for the Utah State women's volleyball team from 1998-2001 and finished her career second all-time in digs (981), sixth in games played (412) and eighth in matches played (116). She also set the single-season record for digs during her senior year with 340.
She became the first defensive specialist in the history of the Big West Conference to be named first-team all-league in 2001. That season, the Aggies made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 21 in the country. She was also named an academic all-Big West selection three times during her career and was named USU's scholar-athlete during her senior season.
After her collegiate career, Olmstead was the only libero in the country selected at the United States Professional Volleyball tryouts to compete in the 2002-03 season. In 2003 she played for one season in the Professional Volleyball league in Europe before joining the Aggies' staff.
During the summer of 2005, she coached with the Intermountain Volleyball Association High Performance that participated in the Global Challenge.
Olmstead graduated from Utah State University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science.