Matt McShane joined the Cal volleyball staff on Feb. 2, 2005, and made an immediate impact as he helped the Golden 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.
The veteran coach 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.
"I am very pleased to have Matt McShane as part of our staff," said Rich Feller. "Matt is known around the country as one of the top training coaches in college volleyball. He has years of experience in high-level volleyball; collegiate and international. Matt and I have known each other for years and spent 15 months together working as assistant coaches for USA National team in 1997 and 1998."
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.