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Head Coach Tim Nollan

Tim Nollan was named the seventh head coach in GCU women’s volleyball program history on Jan. 9, 2016, and enters his fourth season at the helm in 2019.

In his first three seasons, the Lopes have had 24 players land on the WAC All-Academic squad and three WAC All-Freshmen Team award winners.  GCU defeated its first Power 5 opponent in 2017, besting Syracuse at the Syracuse Tournament and posted a winning record in three tournaments in 2018.

Nollan joined the Lopes after nine seasons with the women’s volleyball program at USC, where he served as the associate head coach for five years (2011-15) and assistant coach for four seasons (2007-10). In addition to coaching duties, Nollan served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and assisted with day-to-day training, setter training, team offense and the development of game-day strategy.

Nollan’s 2010 USC recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the nation by and his 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes were tabbed No. 2. USC’s 2011 class was ranked 10th.

In his nine years at USC, Nollan helped the program advance to three NCAA national semifinal matches and six appearances in NCAA regional title matches. The Trojans won two Pac-12 titles (2011 and 2015) and produced 17 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America selections, including the 2011 and 2015 national Players of the Year.

Prior to arriving at USC, Nollan spent four seasons as an assistant coach (2004-07) at Pepperdine, where the Waves registered a 63-50 record and made three trips to the NCAA tournament.

Nollan assisted Pepperdine in landing back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes with the No. 10 class in 2005, according to Volleyball Magazine, and the No. 7 class in 2006, according to He also had a hand in recruiting Pepperdine’s 2008 class, which was ranked No. 8 by Volleyball Magazine.

In 2003, Nollan served as a volunteer assistant coach for USC during the second of the program's back-to-back national championship seasons.

At the club level, Nollan guided his Club Troy 16's to a bronze medal at the 2012 Junior Olympics. Previously, Nollan took his Sports Shack 16-1 team to the 2007 Reno Festival title. In 2008, his team finished second at the Reno Festival while his 2009 16-1 team finished in the regional top 10 and qualified for the Junior Olympics. He previously served as head coach in the Sports Shack 18-1 team for four years (1999-2003). His 2005 14-1 squad posted a seventh-place finish at the Reno Festival.

Nollan was the head coach for the boys varsity volleyball team at Campbell Hall High in North Hollywood, where he graduated in 1996. He began working with the volleyball teams there in 1998, when he was hired as the girls volleyball varsity assistant coach. That season, he helped lead the team to the California Southern Section semifinals.

In 1999, he also became the boys junior varsity head coach. Nollan was promoted to head coach of the girls and boys varsity teams in 1999. He guided the 1999 girls squad and the 2002 boys squad to the Southern Section quarterfinals and led his boy squad to the 1999 Delphic League championship.

Nollan graduated from USC in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in international relations and a minor in psychology. He earned his master's degree from Pepperdine in 2007 in educational technology.

Nollan and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Avery and Emma, and a son, Deacon, with their dog, Poppy.