Shawn Olmstead

BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead readies the team for a match against Santa Barbara on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Smith Fieldhouse. 


The job listing for “BYU Men’s Volleyball Assistant Coach” is up.

Cougar head coach Shawn Olmstead, who just led BYU to the Final Four, actually needs two assistant coaches. Luka Slabe arrived when Olmstead was hired in 2016 and is taking a job as an assistant coach with the USA women’s team. Jaylen Reyes has joined the Nebraska women’s program as an assistant.

Those two vacancies on the bench are substantial. Slabe brought years of European experience as a player and coach and was a valuable teacher and recruiter. Reyes finished his career as a player at BYU in 2015, supplied youthful enthusiasm and quickly built a coaching resume that duly impressed Nebraska’s John Cook, who has won four national titles.

So where does Olmstead turn?

There are several former Cougars who may take a look, but make no mistake: Coaching men’s college volleyball in Provo is a big-time opportunity. There will be plenty of applications.

So here’s a list of some former Cougars who may be interested, all part of the Carl McGown coaching tree.

This one’s a pipe dream, but former BYU standout Hugh McCutcheon is one of the country’s best coaches. He’s led both the men’s and women’s USA teams and currently directs the Minnesota women’s program. There’s a little matter of salary – doubtful BYU could match what he’s making in Minneapolis – but McCutcheon has made some unconventional moves in his career.

Rob Neilson was an assistant at BYU and head coach for a year (2014). He’s now an assistant with the USA men’s team. That’s a prominent role but a huge commitment, and if Neilson wanted to settle down a bit, he could return to Utah.

Former Cougar Jonathan Charette (2006-08) is the head coach at Long Beach City College, and recently sent outside hitter Cyrus Fa’alogo to Provo.

Carlos Moreno – the 2004 NCAA Player of the Year for BYU – is an assistant in his second year with the Arizona State women’s program. Moreno has strong ties to Europe and South America after playing 11 professionally for 11 seasons.

One of Olmstead's former BYU teammates, David Hyte, is the lead assistant for the Cougar women's program. But that might be kind of awkward because Olmstead's sister, Heather, is the women's head coach. 

A former Cougar with strong AAU ties is Chris Gorny (2000-04). He was a women’s college assistant for a number of years as well.

Jeremiah Larsen is the head women’s coach at Weber State and former Cougar assistant Grayson DuBose is the head man at Utah State.

The job listing lists the start date as “as soon as possible,” so in BYU terms that means at least a couple of months. During the spring and summer, Cougar players scatter to the four winds and play all over the map, gathering later for fall camp. But there’s plenty for coaches to do in the offseason as well, so its still time-sensitive.

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Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.