The 2011 season will be Heather Olmstead's sixth as a member of the Utah volleyball coaching staff, her third as first assistant. With Olmstead on the coaching staff, the Utes have compiled a 103-51 overall record with a 60-20 mark in conference matches to go with a pair of Mountain West Conference championships.
Olmstead was promoted to the first assistant coach position in February of 2009 after helping Utah to a 26-6 overall record and a 14-2 mark in MWC play. The Utes claimed their sixth MWC title and earned a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament,
During her first season at Utah in 2006, she helped lead the Utes to a 28-4 record, which included a 16-0 conference slate and a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance.
Before coming to Utah, Olmstead spent three years as an assistant at Utah State. While on the Aggie staff, she helped guide the team to a 48-43 record, including a 21-13 mark and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2005.
In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Olmstead coached the Intermountain Volleyball Association High Performance team at the 2006 Global Challenge in Maribor, Slovenia and was the head coach of the IVA HP Select Team in Florida in July of 2010.
Olmstead was a four-year starter for the Utah State women's volleyball team from 1998-2001 and finished her career second all-time in digs (981), sixth in sets played (412) and eighth in matches played (116). She also set the single-season record for digs during her senior year with 340.
She became the first defensive specialist in the history of the Big West Conference to be named first-team all-league in 2001. That season, the Aggies made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 21 in the country. She was also named an academic All-Big West selection three times and was named USU's scholar-athlete during her senior season.
After her collegiate career, Olmstead was the only libero in the country selected at the United States Professional Volleyball tryouts to compete in the 2002-03 season. In 2003, she played in the Professional Volleyball league in Europe before joining the Aggies' staff. During the summer of 2005, she coached with the IVA High Performance team that participated in the Global Challenge.
Olmstead graduated from Utah State University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science.