Matt McShane Named Air Force Volleyball Head Coach
Jan. 26, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Matt McShane has agreed to become the head volleyball coach at the Air Force Academy, athletic department officials announced this afternoon (Jan. 26). McShane, recently selected as one of Volleyball Magazine's 10 Best Assistant Coaches, joins the Falcon program after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Cal. Details of the contract are still being worked and are going through the Academy process.
McShane joins the Academy after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of California. During his tenure, the Bears posted a 114-47 overall record, produced seven AVCA All-Americans and finished every season ranked in the nation's top 20, including a No. 4 ranking in 2007.
Cal earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament every year McShane was on the bench. In 2009, his last season in Berkeley, the Bears (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10) advanced to the regional championship match for the third consecutive year, before falling to defending national champion Penn State.
McShane is no stranger to the Mountain West Conference.
Prior to his stint at Berkeley, McShane spent four years as an assistant coach at the University of Utah. In 2004, the Utes went 24-7 overall and 13-1 in league action and captured a share of their first-ever MWC title. Before joining the Utah staff, McShane was an associate head coach at the University of New Mexico (1987-00). In 13 years in Albuquerque, he helped guide the Lobos to a 189-127 record, two conference championships and six trips to the NCAA tournament. Additionally, McShane served as an assistant coach at Brigham Young University from 1980-82.
The Falcons' new coach also has a tremendous amount of experience at the national and international coaching level.
In the summer of 2007, McShane was an assistant coach for USA Volleyball's National A2 team. During the summer of 2002, he also served as the head coach for the USA National A2 Team. In the summer of 2001, he was the head coach for the Intermountain Volleyball Association (IVA) High Performance Team that toured Europe.
In 1996, McShane was named an assistant coach of the USA Women's National team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. While with the U.S. National team, McShane designed and ran practice sessions, did video analysis of Team USA and other major teams in the world, and prepared scouting reports on U.S. opponents.
McShane's coaching background also includes assisting former USA Women's National Indoor Volleyball team coach "Jenny" Lang Ping with the Yaohan International Volleyball Team in 1996. The team was comprised of the best American and Russian players who competed against the Chinese and Cuban National teams in cities throughout China.
He is a member of the USAV Coaches Accreditation Program Cadre (CAP Level III), and each year, he runs numerous clinics throughout the U.S., teaching other college, high school and junior coaches the fundamentals of volleyball.
As an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara, McShane played on the only intercollegiate team to win the USAV Open National Championship. The UCSB teams finished second in the NCAA Championships in 1974 and1975, and finished third in the NCAA Regional Championships in 1976. He was an All-American for the Gauchos in 1974.
McShane earned his bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1977 and his master's degree from BYU in 1982. While at BYU, he played on the men's club team that finished third at the USAV Open National Championship in 1981.