Shaun Pohlman — Women's Volleyball Coach
Shaun Pohlman joins Northwest College after a tremendous final season at Dodge City Community College where his squad finished up 11-3 in conference 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 fact the first season ended at 4-31; subsequently, his final three seasons produced a 61-44 record and he earned Co-Conference Coach of the Year in 2008. While at Dodge, there have been 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.
For Pohlman, success not only found its way on the court. During the ‘08-‘09 school year, his team was one of only nine two-year colleges to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. His squad repeated that feat in ‘09-‘10 as one of only eight two-year colleges to earn the award meanwhile presenting an NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American.
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 the ground-up which continues to operate in Twin Falls, ID.
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 son, Kesh. They also have two dogs, "Conq" and "Diva."
Sinjin Smith — Assistant Volleyball Coach
Sinjin Smith, originally from Paris, Texas, moved to Wyoming to pursue a coaching opportunity at NWC in the summer of 2012. Smith looks forward to bringing his knowledge and experience of playing competitive volleyball to NWC to assist the Trapper Volleyball Team in the upcoming season.
At his high school in Texas, Smith was named Academic All-State in baseball as well as All-Conference in basketball. He graduated with honors in 2010, and was a Texas Scholar.
His baseball career continued at Paris Junior College where he earned his Associates of Science in the fall of 2011.
Smith intends to obtain his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming while coaching at NWC.
Smith grew up in a family of volleyball players and began playing at a young age. He hopes his playing ability will transfer into a strong coaching career.