Heather Olmstead, a former four-year starter for the Utah State women's volleyball team from 1998-2001, is entering her third season as an assistant coach for the Aggies.
While at Utah State, Olmstead finished her career second all-time in digs (981), sixth in games played (412) and eighth in matches played (116). She also set the single-season record for digs during her senior year with 340.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at my alma mater," said Olmstead when she was hired. "Knowing the program and the coaching staff as well as I do makes this an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
Olmstead became the first defensive specialist in the history of the Big West Conference to be named first-team all-league in 2001 as she guided Utah State to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a final ranking of 21st in the country. She was also named an academic all-Big West selection three times during her career and was named USU's scholar-athlete during her senior season.
After her collegiate career, Olmstead was the only libero in the country selected at the United States Professional Volleyball tryouts to compete in the 2002-03 season. In 2003 she played for one season in the Professional Volleyball league in Europe before joining the Aggies' staff.
During the summer of 2005, she coached with the Intermountain Volleyball Association High Performance that participated in the Global Challenge.
Olmstead graduated from Utah State University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science.