Matt McShane Selected as an Assistant Coach for USA Volleyball's National A2 Team

March 29, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - University of California assistant coach Matt McShane has been selected as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball's National A2 program, it was announced this week by USA Volleyball. McShane will join co-head coaches Jim Stone (Ohio State head women's volleyball coach) and Paula Weishoff (head coach at Concordia University (Calif.), plus fellow assistant Robyn Romansky (Texas A&M), in directing the U.S. Women's National A2 Teams that will compete at the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships held at Austin, Texas, between May 26 and June 2.

'We are very excited about the 2007 Women's A2 Staff,' said USA Volleyball Managing Director of High Performance Tom Pingel. 'Not only do these four coaches have a wealth of knowledge and come from various backgrounds, all four have significant experience in working with the USA Women's National Team or affiliated Pipeline Programs.'

A total of 20 collegiate athletes, including Cal junior standout Angie Pressey, were selected for the A2 program. Under the guidance of the A2 coaching staff, the players will train in Austin the week leading up to the Adult Open. Based on training evaluations, the coaching staff will form two 10-member squads to compete in the event.

McShane, along with head coach Rich Feller and assistant coach Chris Bigelow, helped the 2006 Cal squad advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for only the second time in school history, while finishing 22-10 overall and 13th in the final AVCA national poll. The Bears defeated LSU and Cal Poly, 3-1, in the NCAA first and second rounds, before falling to Stanford, 3-0, in the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas.

McShane joined the Cal coaching staff on Feb. 2, 2005, and immediately helped the Golden Bears achieve a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance in 2005. McShane came to Berkeley after spending the prior four years as assistant women's volleyball 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 Mountain West Conference title.

Before joining the Utah staff, McShane was an associate head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1987-2000. In 11 years in Albuquerque, he helped guide the Lobos to a 189-127 record, two conference championships and six trips to the NCAA Tournament.

During the summer of 2002, McShane served as the head coach for the USA National A2 Team, while 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 the U.S. and the other major teams in the world, and prepared scouting reports on U.S. opponents.

Additionally, McShane served as an assistant coach at Brigham Young University from 1980-1982. He is a member of the USAV Coaches Accreditation Program Cadre (CAP Level III), and each year he does numerous clinics throughout the U.S., teaching other college, high school and junior coaches the fundamentals of volleyball.

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