Matt McShane Accepts Top Job at Air Force Academy
Jan. 26, 2010
BERKELEY - California volleyball assistant coach Matt McShane has been named head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, head coach Rich Feller announced Tuesday, Jan. 26. After helping guide the Golden Bears to the most successful five-year run in program history, McShane will succeed 14-year Falcon head coach Penny Lucas-White as Air Force's ninth head coach. Cal was 114-47 overall and 55-35 in Pac-10 matches and produced seven AVCA All-America selections with McShane on the bench. He was most recently selected as one of Volleyball Magazine's 10 Best Assistant Coaches.
'Being a part of the Cal athletic family has been a highlight of my career,' said McShane. 'Director of athletics Sandy Barbour has assembled a truly remarkable staff and continually pushes all of us in the pursuit of excellence. I am very grateful to Rich Feller for bringing me to Cal as I grew in great strides thanks to everyone I met during my time here. It is because of that growth that I feel more than prepared to take the next step in my career as a head coach. The Air Force Academy has many similarities to Cal athletics and I am confident that we will be able to succeed there.'
'Matt has been an integral part of our team for five, very successful years,' said Feller. 'He has helped bring Cal to greatness in the collegiate volleyball world. With him, we participated in four sweet sixteen's, three elite eight's and made one final four appearance. However, his contributions go beyond the court and in practices. Matt is a complete professional and a very good friend. We will miss him a great deal but wish him the best of luck at Air Force. The Falcons have hired a great new head coach for their volleyball team and I know that Matt will do wonderfully as he guides Air Force to great successes.'
McShane joined the Cal volleyball staff on Feb. 2, 2005, and made an immediate impact as he helped the Bears achieve a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. McShane and his fellow Bear coaches then took it a step further in 2006 as Cal advanced to an NCAA regional for only the second time in school history. His offensive and defensive schemes have combined to give Cal the edge over some of college volleyball's most long-standing power programs.
In 2009, the Bears earned their eighth consecutive NCAA bid and advanced to the regional championship match for the third consecutive year. Only three other teams have also made appearances in the last three regional championship rounds: three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State, Texas and Nebraska. Cal (21-11, 11-7 Pac-10) finished fourth in the conference and advanced to the NCAA Gainesville Regional final where it fell in three sets to Penn State. Cal's fourth straight appearance in the regional semifinal was also a new school record.
McShane arrived in Berkeley after spending 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 Mountain West Conference title. Before joining the Utah staff, McShane was an associate head coach at the University of New Mexico from 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.
In the summer of 2007, McShane was an assistant coach for USA Volleyball's National A2 team, coaching former Cal standout Angie Pressey. 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 current 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.
Additionally, McShane served as an assistant coach at Brigham Young University from 1980-82. 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 and '75, 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.