Shaun Pohlman enters his 10th season as collegiate volleyball coach and his 6th as the Northwest College Head Coach. Upon taking over the program in 2011, the program has seen increasing success each year including back to back Final 4 Finishes at the NJCAA National Championships in 2014 and 2015.
The 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.
In 2013, Pohlman and the Trappers finished in the Elite 8 at the NJCAA National Championships by way of an exciting NJCAA Region IX-North Tournament. The 2013 squad lost in the 2nd round of the tournament and inched their way back through the loser’s bracket and knocked out 4 teams including a back to back upset sweep of the regular season conference champions and the #5 nationally ranked team.
At Northwest, Pohlman has coached 15 NJCAA All-Region IX-North players, 15 WCCAC All-Conference players, 14 Region IX-North All-Tournament Team members, 5 NJCAA National Players of the Week, 4 Region IX-North Players of the Year, 4 WCCAC Players of the Year, 5 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, 5 NJCAA All-Americans, 3 NJCAA Nationals All-Tournament Team Members, 3 Northwest College Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year, 2 Northwest College Trapper Award of Excellence Student-Athletes, 2 Region IX-North Freshman of the Year, and the 2012 Region IX-North Libero of the Year.
Pohlman reached the 100-win milestone in 2012 and is 7 wins away from the 200-win milestone going into the 2016 season. Pohlman has been named the NJCAA Region IX-North, WCCAC, and the NJCAA District I Coach of the Year 3 times in his 5 year tenure at Northwest.
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.
As a head coach, Pohlman’s success not only found its way on the court, but in the classroom as well. His team has won the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award four times as well as making the list as an NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year five times. Ten of his athletes have earned NJCAA Academic All-American status and in 2012-13, 12 of 14 athletes were named to the Region IX Academic All-Region Team.
Additionally while at Dodge City, Pohlman helped develop volleyball through club as a director and coach. He coached three teams during his time with the club. While competing in tournaments throughout the HOA Region, he amassed five 1st place finishes and three 2nd place finishes. Pohlman is no stranger to club volleyball; prior to Dodge City, he founded and directed Southern Idaho Volleyball Club from which continues to operate.
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.