The 2017 season marks Shaun Pohlman’s 11th season as a collegiate head volleyball coach and his 7th as the Northwest College Head Coach. Upon taking over for the Trappers in 2011, the program has grown into a national powerhouse with an Elite Eight finish in 2013, back-to-back Final Four finishes in 2014 and 2015, and a Sixth-place finish last season at the NJCAA National Championships.
Prior to the team’s national success, Pohlman’s 2011 squad finished tied for 4th in conference with a 16-14 record overall then swiftly gained speed in 2012 ending the season as the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) Conference Champions (12-0 conference record) with a 22-11 overall record.
At Northwest, Pohlman has coached 20 WCCAC All-Conference players, 19 NJCAA All-Region IX-North players, 18 Region IX-North All-Tournament Team members, 6 NJCAA National Players of the Week, 5 Region IX-North Players of the Year, 5 WCCAC Players of the Year, 6 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, 7 NJCAA All-Americans, 4 NJCAA Nationals All-Tournament Team Members, 4 Northwest College Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year, 3 Northwest College Trapper Award of Excellence Student-Athletes, 2 Region IX-North Freshman of the Year, the 2016 Region IX-North Setter of the Year, and the 2012 Region IX-North Libero of the Year.
Pohlman reached the 100-win milestone in 2012 and the 200-win milestone in the 2016 season. Pohlman has been named the NJCAA Region IX-North, WCCAC, and the NJCAA District I Coach of the Year 4 times in his 6-year tenure at Northwest. In 2014 and again in 2015, the AVCA named Pohlman the West Region Coach of the Year and listed him as a nominee for the National Coach of the Year for two-year colleges.
Prior to Northwest, Pohlman was the head coach at Dodge City Community College where he finished his final season 2nd in conference (11-3) and 27-10 overall during the 2011 campaign. Pohlman started in July of 2007 at Dodge City just a couple weeks before the season started. Despite the first season ending at 4-31, his final three seasons produced a 61-44 record and he earned Co-Conference Coach of the Year in 2008. While at Dodge, Pohlman produced six All-Region VI players, one Jayhawk West Player of the Year, one NJCAA Division I National Player of the week, and an NJCAA All-American.
Pohlman’s success not only found its way on the court, but in the classroom and community as well. In the spring of 2015, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park County recognized the Trappers for their involvement with their lunch buddy program and for the past three years, a Trapper Volleyball player has earned the Trapper Student Award of Excellence - “In Recognition of the Student Athlete who demonstrates Excellence in the areas of Academics, Citizenship, Leadership and Athletic Performance.”
Pohlman’s team has won the AVCA Team Academic Award five times as well as making the list as an NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year six times. Twenty-three of Pohlman’s athletes have earned NJCAA Academic All-American status. In 2012-13, 12 of 14 of his Trappers were named to the Region IX Academic All-Region, and this past season, 15 of 18 won the award. Additionally in 2016-17, every player earned a 3.0 or better and the team combined for an NJCAA Cumulative Team GPA of 3.68.
Pohlman was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho where he attended the College of Southern Idaho. There he earned his Associates of Arts Degree in Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Pohlman completed his Bachelors of Science Degree in Educational Interpreting in Sign Language at Idaho State University.
As a player, Pohlman joined the Idaho State Men’s Volleyball Club in 2003 as a setter, starting his first year. The following year, he took the reins as the President of the ISU Men’s Volleyball Club where he led his club team to a reputable finish as the Bronze National Champions and chalked up the honor as Second Team All-Conference as a setter.
Coach Pohlman states that he lives, eats, and breathes volleyball and claims he is a student of the game and always will be. Since the start of his coaching career, he has attended numerous coaching clinics and is currently IMPACT and CAP Level I certified by USA Volleyball.
Shaun and his wife, Megan, reside in Powell with their sons Kesh (7) and Kasen (4) and their dog, Murphy. The Pohlman family will welcome their third son, Ledger, in August.