Arlington, Va. – Marymount University has named Shawn Patchell as the first head coach of the new men’s volleyball program, as announced by director of athletics Debbie Warren on Wednesday. The Saints will field a team to compete beginning with the 2014 season.
“We are extremely excited to have a coach of Shawn’s caliber to start our men’s volleyball program,” Warren said. “He brings a wealth of experience and success to the Saints and is the perfect fit to help Marymount and the NCAA develop Division III men’s volleyball.”
Bringing nearly 20 years of coaching experience to the Saints, Patchell spent eight years coaching the collegiate game at his alma mater, Brigham Young University, including four seasons as the head coach from 2006-10. Prior to taking the helm at BYU, he spent four years as an assistant coach with the Cougars including a run with the 2004 NCAA National Championship team.
Patchell recently completed a season as head coach of Lausanne University Club, a professional men’s team in Switzerland. Staying active with USA Volleyball, he has served as an assistant coach with the men’s national team and the head coach of the boy’s junior national squad. He also recently led squad of young men’s national team members, many expected to be on the U.S. Olympic team in 2016, to a gold medal in the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic on July 14.
A member of BYU’s first NCAA men’s volleyball team, Patchell was a starter all four years during his tenure in Provo. He went on to play professionally in Spain on the indoor and sand volleyball circuits before returning to the states and beginning his coaching career.
Patchell earned his B.A. in English with a minor in business management from BYU in 1993. He went on to earn his master’s in English literature from the University of California at Irvine in 2000.