Shawn Garus
Shawn  Garus

Glendale, Calif.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
CSU San Bernardino, 1995

8th Season


Garus Announces Five Additions

These five additions bring this year's recruiting class up to eight.


Boise State Falls to Pacific in NIVC

Broncos end year with fourth-straight winning season and second straight postseason appearance.


Boise State Receives NIVC Invite

Broncos season continues with berth into 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship, they will play at Pacific on Tuesday.


Boise State Rolls in Sweep at Nevada

The Broncos close regular season on four-match win streak, all by sweeps.


Senior Night Sweep of SJSU

Broncos record their third-straight sweep in win over the Spartans on Senior Night.


New Look Bronco Gym

Video Review of Bronco Gym Renovations for 2016.


Bronco Highlight: Volleyball (Dec. 20th)

Boise State volleyball received five Mountain West Conference Awards this season. Head Coach Shawn Garus and the athletes who received the awards talk about how much that meant to the Broncos.


Bronco Weekly: Volleyball (Nov. 6th)

Coach Shawn Garus recaps the teams performance last weekend against New Mexico and Air Force, and talks about what the team needs to do in their last six games of the season.


Boise State Volleyball: Post Game Interview (Oct. 30)

Head coach Shawn Garus recaps the Broncos performance against New Mexico, and looks ahead to their match-up on Saturday against Air Force.


Bronco Weekly: Volleyball (Oct. 30)

Head coach Shawn Garus and sophomore Maddy O'Donnell recap the Broncos weekend at Colorado State and Wyoming, and look ahead to this weekend when they will host New Mexico and Air Force.


Volleyball at Pacific in NIVC

Photo gallery from the match at Pacific during the first round of the NIVC on Nov. 28, 2017


Boise State Volleyball vs San Diego State

Boise State versus San Diego State on Sept. 23, 2017 in Bronco Gym.


Women's Volleyball - Air Force | Nov. 22

Women's Volleyball - Air Force | Nov. 22


2015 Volleyball MW Postseason Honors

2015Boise State Volleyball MW Postseason Honors


Boise State Soccer Vs. Volleyball Softball Game

On August 12, 2015, the Boise State soccer and volleyball teams took a break from training and played a friendly game of softball at Dona Larsen Park. Photo by Boise State Sports Information Department.

  • Volleyball Record
At Boise State: 160-121 (.569) in nine seasons
Career: 268-240 (.528) in 17 seasons
  • Beach Volleyball Record
At Boise State: 18-30 (.375) in four seasons
Career: Same
  • Honors at Boise State
Two-Time Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
AVCA Pacific North Region Coach of the Year (2016)
Mountain West Conference Champions (2016)
NCAA Championship Second Round Participants (2016)
National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Participants (2017)

BOISE STATE TENURE (2009-present)

Shawn Garus, the two-time Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, joined the Bronco family on June 30, 2009, becoming the 10th head coach in Boise State volleyball history. He currently serves in two capacities for the Boise State Athletics Department as the head coach for both of the Broncos' volleyball programs, indoor and beach. The 2017-18 year marked Garus’ ninth season at the helm of Boise State’s volleyball (indoor) program holding a 160-121 (.569) record over his first nine seasons with the Broncos. His career record through 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach is now 268-240 (.528).

In addition, Garus helped usher in the newest sport to the Bronco family as head coach of the beach volleyball program which began in the spring of 2014. During the program's first four campaigns he has led the beach team to a 18-30 record, including 5-6 in 2017.

In 2009 Garus inherited an indoor program that was struggling and had only one winning season in the previous 10 years. Since arriving on campus, Garus has won more matches than his five predecessors’ combined between 1997 and 2008. In addition, he had the challenge of taking the program through a change of conferences moving from the Western Athletic Conference into the Broncos’ current home as a member of the Mountain West Conference starting with the 2011 campaign.

In 2016 he guided his team to the Mountain West championship going 16-2 in league and 26-7 overall, as well as the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA National Championship Tournament where the Broncos advanced to the second round following a 3-0 victory over 20th-ranked Western Kentucky before falling at eventual national champion and ninth-ranked Stanford. The conference title is only the program’s third all-time and first since 1988.

The 2017 campaign saw the Broncos go 17-14 overall and 10-8 in conference play tying for third place in the league standings. Boise State advance to postseason play receiving an at-large bid into the newly re-constituted National Invitational Volleyball Championship (volleyball's version of the NIT in basketball) where the Broncos lost at the University of the Pacific in the first round. It was the third berth in the NIVC all-time for the Broncos.  

After producing an 8-22 record in his first season, Garus has since guided Boise State to seven winning seasons in nine years, including three with 20-plus victories. His 2010 squad went 21-12 overall, followed by a 23-7 record in 2015 and 26-7 mark in 2016. The three 20-win seasons are three of 10 all-time in program history and the first since the 1990 campaign. The 26 wins in 2016 are the most since the 1990 team went 23-12.

The Broncos' Mountain West Conference records of 11-7 in 2014, 15-3 in 2015 and 16-2 are the best three-year stretch in league play since 1988 through 1990 campaigns. The 16 conference wins in 2016 are the most in program history. The Broncos also placed second in the MW during 2015 at 15-3, making it the first time since 1988-89 that the program recorded back-to-back top-two league finishes.


Garus' highlights at Boise State are numerous and include: three-consecutive winning seasons from 2010-12, four-consecutive winning seasons from 2014 through 2017, seven winning seasons in nine years, three 20-plus win seasons, 2016 MW championship (the first title in 28 years), 24 all-conference honors, one MW Player of the Year (program’s first-ever in 2016), one MW Freshman of the Year, one MW Newcomer of the Year, six honorable-mention AVCA All-Americans, five AVCA All-Pacific North Region and two honorable-mention honorees, four CoSIDA Academic All-District Team award winners, one conference all-freshmen team member, 48 academic all-conference honors and 12 MW Scholar Athletes.


Prior to Boise State Garus was the head coach at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro for four seasons (2005-08). There he recorded two-straight winning seasons with 20 or more victories while also leading his team to the Southern Conference (SoCon) finals twice. The 2006 season was his most successful, turning in a 23-13 record while also producing a 20-15 record in 2007. He turned UNCG from a team which was 0-16 in conference play in 2004 to a team that was 14-4 in 2008. He also produced five SoCon All-Conference players and 13 SoCon All-Academic honorees in his four-year tenure.

Before UNCG, Garus served as the top assistant coach at the University of San Francisco during the 2003 and 2004 seasons helping the team to a 35-27 record. In 2003 Garus helped lead the Dons to a 23-8 record,  their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and acquired their first national ranking (No. 24) in program history.

Garus also spent time with the Texas Tech University coaching staff in 2002 as an assistant helping the Red Raiders to a 14-14 record.

His first collegiate head coaching experience came in 1998 when he was promoted from the assistant’s position to the head job at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he remained from 1998 to 2001. During his time in Colorado Springs the Mountain Lions turned in their best record in school history with a 22-9 mark in 2001, and first-ever postseason appearance, as well as a regional ranking of No. 6. Not only was Garus the head volleyball coach, he also served as the university’s compliance coordinator and transportation coordinator for 14 sports programs.

During his time in Colorado Garus held a handful of club and volunteer assistant coaching positions including the head coach of Pikes Peak Volleyball Club (1999-2000) and a two-time volunteer assistant for the women’s national team at the Olympic Training Center (1998-1999).


In 17 seasons as a collegiate coach (head and assistant) Garus has produced: 38 all-conference honorees, six honorable mention all-conference, one conference player of the year, one conference freshman of the year, one conference newcomer of the year, six AVCA honorable-mention All-Americans, six AVCA All-Region, two honorable-mention AVCA All-Region, six conference all-tournament team members and one conference all-freshman team honoree. Academically his student-athletes have earned one CoSIDA Academic All-American accolade, seven CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and 60 academic all-conference awards.


The Glendale, Calif., native is a 1995 graduate of California State University San Bernardino where he played four years on the Coyotes’ men’s club volleyball team (1991-94). He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing specialization. Garus is married to the former Cindy Bench and they have two children, Emily (15) and Trevor (11).

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