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.
Boise State volleyball versus Nevada on Oct. 9, 2014.
Indoor Volleyball Record At Boise State: 94-92 (.505) in six seasons Career: 209-212 (.496) in 14 seasons
Sand Volleyball Record At Boise State: 8-18 (.308) in two season Career: Same
The 2015 year marks Shawn Garus' seventh season at the helm of Boise State's indoor volleyball program holding a 94-92 (.505) record over his first six seasons with the Broncos. In addition, Garus helped usher in the newest sport to the Bronco family as head coach of the sand volleyball program which began in the spring of 2014. During the program's first campaign Garus led them to a 4-7 record surpassing most expectations for the first year program.
BOISE STATE INDOOR TENURE (2009-present) 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 between 1997 and 2008. After producing an 8-22 record in his first season, Garus guided Boise State to three consecutive winning seasons from 2010-12, a first since the 1992 season. The Broncos went 18-12 during 2014 giving him four winning seasons in six years at Boise State.
Since Garus' arrival in Boise, he 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 its best seasons in the past two decades as the team went 21-12, the most wins in a season since 1990 (21 years). 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.
2013 saw the Broncos go 14-16 overall and 8-12 in conference play to place eighth out of 11 teams in the newly expanded league. Boise State recorded sweeps over conference members San Jose State and Nevada. The team recorded the eighth most assists all-time with 1,415. During the rally scoring era the Broncos set a new school record for hitting percentage at 23.4 percent, which ranked second in the MW on the year, and recorded the fifth most kills with 1,495.
The 2014 campaign saw the Broncos bounce back recording their fourth winning season in six years under coach Garus. Boise State went 18-12 overall and 11-7 in league to tie for fourth place. They won the Islanders Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, by sweeping all three matches by 3-0 scores. The Broncos recorded conference sweeps over Nevada, San Jose State and Fresno State, as well as won the only meetings with San Diego State and UNLV. Boise State set a new school record for season hitting percentage at .263, which ranked third in the MW and 24th nationally. The team earned five post season honors - the most since the 1981 season with six - with Sarah Baugh, Maddy O’Donnell and Sierra Nobley making the All-Mountain West Team. In addition, Nobley also earned MW Freshman of the Year, while Kaitlyn Oliver was named MW Newcomer of the Year. Nobley garnered honorable-mention AVCA All-Region recognition as well.
BOISE STATE HIGHLIGHTS 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), four winning seasons in six years, 11 all-conference honors, one MW Freshman of the Year, one MW Newcomer of the Year, one AVCA All-West Region, one honorable-mention AVCA All-West Region, one honorable-mention All-American, one ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team award winner, one conference all-freshman team member and 33 academic all-conference honors.
BOISE STATE SAND TENURE (2013-present) Garus helped usher in a new era as Boise State added sand volleyball for the spring 2014 season. During the Bronco's inaugural campaign Garus' team surpassed many of the expectations for the first-year program going 4-7 overall, including 3-2 wins over Pacific-12 Conference members Oregon and Washington in Portland, Ore. The program's first-ever victory did not take long to get as the Broncos defeated Cal Poly 3-2 in its second match overall on April 4, 2014 at the Sacramento State Invitational. The second victory came two days later over Sacramento State also by a 3-2 score.
The second season saw the Broncos go 4-11 overall and host their first ever home matches. Boise State recorded two victories over Pac-12 members California and Oregon. In addition, they earned victories over San Francisco and San Jose State. The Broncos defeated Oregon 4-1 on April 24, 2015 in the first home match in program history.
Though Garus has played as a professional beach volleyball player, 2014 marked his first season as the head coach of a collegiate sand volleyball program. Garus has a solid background in the sand (beach) game as a member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and competing off and on for 12 years (1995-2007) in the association's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in tournaments such as the Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach Opens, to name a few.
Shawn (Garus) is an amazing player and will be a huge asset to growing the beach game in Idaho," said Jake Gibb a two-time U.S.A. Olympic beach volleyball player and member of the 2012 No. 1 ranked FIVB tour team. "What a great opportunity for all involved. Exciting times!!"
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE 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 the Mountain Lions to 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).
COACHING HIGHLIGHTS In 14 seasons as a collegiate coach (head and assistant) Garus has produced: 25 all-conference honorees, six honorable mention all-conference, one conference freshman of the year, one conference newcomer of the year, two AVCA All-Region, one honorable-mention 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 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, four Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and 47 academic all-conference awards.
PERSONAL 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 18 years and they have two children Emily (13) and Trevor (9).