Rick Olmstead, 2022

He played football, basketball and baseball at Carpinteria HS in early 1960s before graduating college at BYU-Hawaii as a 1971 NAIA National champion in both volleyball (outside hitter) and basketball. He returned as a teacher at Carpinteria in 1973 until retiring in 2009, and also served as Athletic Director. He became the Santa Barbara HS boys’ volleyball coach in 1976 and won the 1978 CIF title with SCIVBHOFer Karch Kiraly as his key player. He also coached both the men and women at Santa Barbara CC and won 347 matches, including the 1983 California State Men’s Junior College title and was 1990 State runner-up. He turned to officiating in 1975 and has been an indoor (worked four NCAA men’s volleyball fours) and beach referee for almost 50 years, working over 2,000 lifetime matches. He was the head NCAA referee in 2001 when his son Shawn won the NCAA title playing for BYU as all four coaches wanted him as the ‘Up’ Official. He is in the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame (part of first family with three generations selected with his father and his daughter Heather) along with the California State JC HOF. He and his wife Trudy have eight children, including Shawn and Heather, the BYU men’s and women’s head coaches.