Briar Cliff University Director of Athletics Steve Gast has announced that Trevor Schirman has been hired as the institution's next volleyball coach. Schirman, a former member of the United States National Team, is currently an assistant coach at the University of California – San Diego and a head coach within the Epic Volleyball Club in the San Diego area.
"We are extremely excited to introduce Trevor as our next volleyball coach," said Gast. "He possesses that rare combination of having the tremendous athletic talent to have competed at the very top levels of US volleyball while still having the amazing demonstration and communication skills needed to be an incredible teacher to students at any development level. He also represents another outstanding talent that, like many of our new coaches and faculty, have become amazed by the extensive new initiatives taking place at BCU and eagerly chose to become part of this institution's great future."
Schirman was born and raised in Hawaii. He graduated from Punahou High School, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1986 and was the No. 1 high school volleyball recruit in the nation. Schirman, who was taught by legendary coach Chris McLachlin at Punahou, went on to play collegiately for Hall of Fame coach Al Scates at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was the national freshman of the year. The three-time first team all-American was named the national player of the year in 1989. He helped the top-ranked Bruins to two national championships and still holds several UCLA and NCAA records. Schirman graduated from UCLA in 1990 and went on to compete as a member of the USA volleyball team from 1990-1993. He then played within the Italian and Greek Professional Indoor Leagues from 1993 until 1995 and also played on the 4-man Bud Light Sand Volleyball Tour. Along the way, he played for coaching legends such as Fred Sturm, Rudy Suwara and John Cook. From 1990-95, as his playing and travel schedule allowed, Schirman served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's volleyball programs at UCLA.
Schirman then returned to Hawaii to serve as assistant athletic director at Punahou School in 1995 before returning to UCLA as an assistant coach in 1997. Schirman has also had coaching stops at the University of Cincinnati (2003-05) as an assistant, at Grossmont High School (2005-08) as co-head coach, at Great Oak High School (2008-10) as co-head coach and at Steele Canyon High School (2010-11) as head boys' coach and assistant girls' coach. Aside from Epic, he has also been involved with the Bridge and Temecula Volleyball Clubs- top clubs in southern California. In all, he has spent nine years coaching at the high school level, eight years coaching USAV junior national club volleyball and six years at the collegiate level.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Briar Cliff," said Schirman. "I hope to build on the solid foundation that already exists. There is a significant amount of young talent in the gym, along with a strong core of seasoned players. The future of Briar Cliff volleyball looks to be very exciting. Eventually, I want our team to compete for the NAIA championship."
The Chargers' new coach inherits a program which went 20-15 last season, including a 7-9 mark in conference play. In 2010, the Chargers made their first-ever appearance at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship, which was held in Sioux City.
Schirman is a member of the Nissan Hawaii State Hall of Fame, the Punahou Athletics Hall of Fame and was also an honorable mention selection to the USA All-Century team. Through the years, he has continually given back to the community. He has been active with the DARE program and has regularly directed camps and clinics. He also served as head coach for the Starlings, a non-profit volleyball club and has volunteered his services to both the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA.
Schirman and his wife Ann have two children, son Peyton (17) and daughter Jordan (10), and currently reside in Alpine, California. Ann was also an all-American volleyball standout at UCLA and continues to be active in the sport as well.