BOISE, Idaho Boise State University Director of Athletics, Gene Bleymaier announced today (June 30) that Shawn Garus has been named head coach of the Bronco volleyball program. Garus, who will be the ninth head coach in Boise State’s volleyball program history, begins preparation for the 2009 season immediately.
“We are extremely excited about Shawn leading our volleyball program and feel very fortunate we were able to find a quality coach like Shawn with the season only a couple of months away,” Bleymaier commented. “We had an excellent pool of applicants for the position and Shawn continually rose to the top throughout the hiring process.”
Garus brings with him a solid coaching background, including his most recent position as head coach at the University of North Carolina Greensboro the past four seasons. There he recorded three straight winning seasons with 20 or more victories while also leading his team to the Southern Conference (SoCon) finals twice. The 2008 season was his most successful, turning in a 23-10 record while also producing a 20-15 record in 2007 and a 23-13 record in 2006. 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.
Prior to 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 the Dons went 23-8 and Garus helped lead the team to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance and acquire their first ever national ranking (No. 24).
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 from 1998 to 2002 when he directed the program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. During his time in Colorado Springs he led his team to their best school record of 22-9 in 2001 and first ever post-season appearance, as well as a regional ranking of No. 6. Not only did Garus serve as the head coach, but also 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 at the Olympic Training Center (1998-1999). He also held the Colorado Colorado Springs assistant coach position in 1998.
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.
Continuing his playing career after college, Garus played in several AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour events from 1994-2003. He was the top-ranked player in Colorado from 1999-2001 and had a career-best 13th-place finish at the 2001 AVP Michigan Open.
Garus is married to the former Cindy Bench and they have two children, Emily and Trevor.