Zachary Shaver – Head Volleyball Coach
Zach Shaver is entering his first season as head coach at Yavapai College, taking over the
Roughrider program on April 1st, 2013.
Prior to Yavapai, Shaver spent the past 7 years as head coach at NCAA DII Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There he guided the Crimson Hawks to 20-win seasons in 2 of the last three years.
His best season at IUP came in 2010, when the Crimson Hawks finished with a record of 21-11 and a trip to the NCAA tournament for the second time during his time there.
Under his guidance, six different players were selected to All PSAC Team honors. His team also excelled in academics earning the AVCA Team Academic Award for five consecutive years with the team GPA never below 3.40.
While in Pennsylvania, Shaver was selected by the Keystone Region Volleyball Association to be the head coach of the region’s High Performance Girls’ Select Team in the summer of 2009. The team traveled to Fort Lauderdale, FL, and earned a silver medal at the USAV High Performance Championships. Shaver’s team completed the five-day tournament with their only loss coming in the championship match to Southern California. Shaver and assistant Shay Moreno were then chosen to lead the KRVA High Performance Girls’ Select Team in the 2010 championships in Wisconsin Dells where they earned a bronze medal.
Prior to IUP, Shaver spent 4 years at Texas State, where he served as an assistant coach under the guidance of head coach Karen Chisum (the 6th winningest active head coach in NCAA DI). He was part of a coaching staff that turned around the fortunes of the Texas State volleyball program. After going 10-21 in 2002, the Bobcats had a record of 67-29 from 2003-05, won the Southland Conference title and played in the NCAA Division I tournament in 2004 and 2005.
Before heading to Texas State, Shaver was an assistant coach at California State University-Chico, from January to December 2000. He was interim head coach at Chico State from December 2000 to the following April.
Shaver was also the men’s club team head coach at Chico State from 1998-01 and the women’s club team head coach in 2002. He led his squads to ninth place finishes at the NIRSA national championship tournament in 3 consecutive years, including the men’s team in 2000 and 2001 and the women’s squad in 2002.
Shaver has also coached and directed club teams and served as an instructor at several volleyball camps.
Shaver earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chico State in 2002 and received his master’s degree in sport and recreation management from Texas State in 2006.
Shaver was a three-year setter on the men’s club volleyball team during his time at Chico State.
Zach Shaver and his wife, Sandra, are the proud parents of Nicole, Matthew and Brandon.
Mandy Mellencamp – Assistant Coach
Mandy Mellencamp is entering her second season as assistant coach for the volleyball team in 2013.
Mandy helped lead the 2012 Roughrider squad to a 28-7 record missing out on post season play only because of a four way tie breaker.
Mellencamp graduated from Prescott High School in 2008 and continued her academic and athletic career at Mississippi State University. At PHS, Mandy was named to All-Region teams her sophomore, junior and senior years and was named to the All-State Team her senior season. She was also named as the 2007-08 Prescott High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
At Mississippi State, Mellencamp was the only freshman to start in all 31 matches finishing third on the team in kills and second in blocks. Unfortunately a season ending injury cut her sophomore season short. As a junior, she bounced back to play in 25 of MSU’s 31 matches. For all four years Mellencamp was named to the SEC (Southeastern Conference) Academic Honor Roll.
Mandy is the daughter of Ross and Ann Mellencamp of Prescott and is a third cousin to pop star John Mellencamp.