Shawn Garus
Shawn Garus

Head Coach

Fifth Year

Alma Mater:
CSU San Bernardino, 1995


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Boise State Volleyball vs UNLV, 9-22-2012

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Boise State photo gallery for the Fresno State match on Sept. 20, 2012 in Bronco Gym.

Career Record: 177-184 (.490) in 12 seasons
Record at School: 62-64 (.492) in four seasons

BOISE STATE TENURE (2009-present)
Shawn Garus is in his fifth season at the helm of the Boise State volleyball program holding a 62-64 (.492) record over his first four seasons with the Broncos. Garus inherited a 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 any of his five predecessors. After producing an 8-22 record in his first season, Garus has guided Boise State to three consecutive winning seasons, a first since the 1992 season.

Over the last three seasons Garus has led the program through a series of challenges including a move from the Western Athletic Conference into the Mountain West Conference in 2011. In 2010, the last season in the WAC, Garus coached Boise State to one of the best seasons in the past two decades as the team went 21-12, the most wins in a season since 1990 (21). His team also earned an 8-8 Western Athletic Conference record, the Broncos best-ever mark in 10 years of membership and best conference record since 1998. In addition, his team won 11 matches that ended in a 3-0 sweep, the most in a season since 1992.

In 2011 he lead the Broncos into their first campaign as members of the Mountain West Conference going 16-15 overall and 6-8 in league action to tie for fifth-place. Along the way the Broncos nearly upset No. 22 Oklahoma on the road and recorded three sweeps in conference action over Wyoming, Air Force and UNLV.

The 2012 campaign marked the second season in the MW and saw the Broncos battle hard throughout, including a four-set upset of eventual conference co-champion San Diego State in Boise. The blue and orange finished the year 17-15 to record the program's third straight winning season, while going 8-8 in league play to tie for fifth. The Broncos were dominating at home going 10-3 in Bronco Gym with two of the losses coming in five-sets. The team set a new school record for assists in a season with 1,565 and tallied the sixth-most kills (1,652) in program history. The campaign was capped off when senior outside hitter Liz Harden was named honorable-mention All-American.

Since Garus joined the Bronco family on June 30, 2009, he has turned the program around. His Boise State coaching highlights are numerous and include: three-consecutive winning seasons (2010-12), eight all-conference honors (three first team, five second team), one AVCA All-West Region and honorable-mention All-American honoree, one ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team award winner, one conference all-freshman team member and 24 academic all-conference honors.

Garus holds a strong coaching background. Prior to Boise State he was the head coach at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro for four seasons (2005-08). 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.

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 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 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 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).

In 12 seasons as a collegiate coach (head and assistant) Garus' coaching honors include: 22 all-conference (10 first team and 12 second team) honorees, six honorable mention all-conference, two AVCA All-Region, one AVCA honorable-mention All-American, six conference all-tournament team members and one conference all-freshman team honoree. Academically his student-athletes have earned one ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American, four ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and 38 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 has been married to the former Cindy Bench for 16 years and they have two children Emily (11) and Trevor (7).