Shaun Pohlman | Head Coach
Shaun Pohlman enters his second season as the head coach of the Lewis-Clark State College volleyball program. During his first season, Pohlman displayed glimpses of a new future for Warrior Volleyball following suit to his successful junior college career that spanned 11 years.
The “new” Warriors saw multiple successes in various aspects of the program. The 2018 campaign held the best start to a season since 2010, finishing 17-9 overall with all losses but one coming at the hand of national ranked programs. The team defeated 3 nationally ranked teams while also making it to the second round of the Frontier Conference Tournament. Three Warriors were named to the Frontier All-Conference Team, four earned Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors with one NAIA National Player of the Week, and one was tabbed as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West All-Region team member.
On the academic front, the 2018 Warriors had a First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American – a first for Pohlman and the first for the program since 2001. Pohlman’s holistic approach helped improve the team GPA from a sub-3.0 to a 3.24. Three Warriors made the President’s List (3.75 or higher) and five saw the Dean’s List (3.25-3.74) in the honor roll for fall of 2018.
Pohlman came to Lewis-Clark State by way of Northwest College (Powell, Wyoming), where he amassed a 168-49 (0.680) record over seven years. Upon taking over for the Trappers in 2011, the program grew 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 in 2016 at the NJCAA National Championship.
Prior to the team’s national success, Pohlman’s 2011 squad finished tied for 4th in conference with a 16-14 overall record then swiftly gained speed in 2012, ending the season as the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) Champions (12-0 conference record) with a 22-11 overall record.
At Northwest, Pohlman coached 23 Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) All-Conference players, 22 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region IX-North players, 21 Region IX-North All-Tournament Team members, six NJCAA National Players of the Week, five Region IX-North Players of the Year, five WCCAC Players of the Year, six AVCA All-Americans, seven NJCAA All-Americans, four NJCAA Nationals All-Tournament Team Members, four Northwest College Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year, three Northwest College Trapper Award of Excellence student-athletes two Region IX-North Freshman of the Year winners, 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 2016. Pohlman was named the NJCAA Region IX-North, WCCAC, and the NJCAA District I Coach of the Year four times in his seven-year tenure at Northwest. Pohlman was named the AVCA Two-Year College West Region Coach of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015, and was nominated for National Coach of the Year those same years.
Prior to Northwest, Pohlman was the head coach at Dodge City Community College where he finished his final season second in conference (11-3) and 27-10 overall during the 2010 campaign. Pohlman took over Dodge City in July of 2007, 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 Conference Co-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. The Trapper volleyball program was recognized by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park County for their involvement with their lunch buddy program (www.nwc.edu via Powell Tribune, September 25, 2014). Pohlman strives for the members of his teams to be “more than an athlete” and was recognized by the Northwest College athletic department for three consecutive years, as a Trapper Volleyball player 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 teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award five times and qualified as an NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year seven times. Thirty-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 team, and in 2017, 15 of 18 earned the recognition. Additionally, in 2016-17, every player earned a 3.0 GPA or better and the team combined for a team GPA of 3.68 followed by a 3.64 in 2017-18.
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 earned 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 Lewiston with their sons Kesh (10), Kasen (7), and Ledger (1), along with their dog, Murphy.
George Laughlin | Assistant Coach
George Laughlin enters his second year with the Lewis-Clark State College volleyball coaching staff. In just his first year as a collegiate assistant, Laughlin helped the Warriors to a 17-9 finish while reaching the second round of the Frontier Conference tournament. Laughlin’s efforts led to three Warriors being named to the Frontier All-Conference Team, four earning Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors with one NAIA National Player of the Week, and one being tabbed as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West All-Region team member.
Having prior experience as a para professional and substitute teacher, Laughlin aids in the academic structure for the program as well. In the fall of 2018, the Warriors finished with a team GPA of 3.24 with three on the President’s List (3.75 or higher) and five on the Dean’s List (3.25-3.74) while one Warrior earned First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a challenging academic award where only 7 people are named to First-Team in all of NAIA Volleyball.
Laughlin’s journey to Lewiston mirrors that of Head Coach Shaun Pohlman. Both came from Powell, WY where Pohlman was the head coach for Northwest College (NJCAA DI) while Laughlin was serving as the head coach of the freshman volleyball team and assisting the varsity at Powell High School. Both coaches worked together with summer training sessions, camps, and leagues, and upon looking for an assistant, Pohlman knew just where to find one.
“George has shown me over the past two years, and continues to show here at LC, just how devoted he is in developing strong, young adults - that is a huge priority for us,” states Pohlman, “He spent hours upon hours on his own time helping me train my players in the off-season, taking notes, asking the right questions, and he helped me grow the program at Northwest. It is so surreal to have him here contributing to the growth of LC State and in the valley in so many ways.”
Outside of assisting on and off the court for Warrior Volleyball, Laughlin’s presence in the LC Valley is evident. Laughlin ushers at home basketball games, works the NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field, assists in running the weight room in the summer, and substitutes in the Lewiston Independent School District.
Most prominently, Laughlin coaches a 16 & Under team for the Snake River Juniors Volleyball Club (SRJ). Under Laughlin’s guidance, SRJ’s 16U team competed in the Power division for the first time in club history seeing success as tournament champions in the Spring Fever tournament and Snake River Classic while picking up Runner-Up placing in the silver bracket of a Power tourney, and has received as high as a #7 ranking in the Power division.
Laughlin, a 2008 Architectural Engineering graduate of the University of Wyoming, has also held coaching positions in wrestling and baseball. During his first season as an assistant wrestling coach in 2015, Laughlin helped Rocky Mountain High School to a fourth-place finish at the state wrestling tournament, their first team placement in over 10 years. The following season the Griz finished a highest-ever second. George also served as assistant coach for the American Legion Baseball team, the Powell Pioneers in 2016. In 2017, Laughlin was promoted to head coach for one season before making the move to LCSC.