PROVO — Brigham Young University announced Wednesday the hiring of Shay Goulding as the Cougars' new women's volleyball coach.

Goulding, who spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Salt Lake Community College, is the fifth head coach in the program's history.

"Shay Goulding is the perfect fit to lead the BYU women's volleyball team into the future," said athletic director Tom Holmoe. "Her passion for volleyball, her drive for success and her ability to bring student-athletes together should make Cougar fans excited for the future of BYU women's volleyball."

Goulding replaces Jason Watson, who left BYU to take the head coaching job at Arizona State.

Goulding has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience where she built the Bruins into one of the elite junior college programs in the country. A four-time NJCAA District I Coach of the Year and two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year, Goulding guided her SLCC teams to four NJCAA Tournament berths, placing as high as second. Her teams have earned a Top-10 NJCAA ranking in each of the last four seasons.

Goulding takes over a BYU program that is No. 4 all-time in NCAA Division I total victories. The Cougars have competed in 34 of the sport's 39 national postseason tournaments, including 24 of 27 NCAA Championships. The program boasts 24 conference titles and 64 All-America citations.

"I'm obviously very excited for this opportunity," said Goulding. "BYU is a fantastic institution with a great winning tradition. To be a part of that tradition and to work with these student-athletes is an honor."

Goulding's 2007 team earned a 44-2 record while finishing third at the NJCAA National Tournament, with both losses coming against eventual national champion Western Nebraska. Goulding was honored with her second AVCA West Region Coach of the Year award and her fourth District I honor and graduated her fifth All-American.

In 2006, the Bruins made their third consecutive national tournament appearance, while Goulding garnered her third District Coach of the Year accolade and graduated her third NJCAA All-American. In 2005 she led the Bruins to region and district championships and received her second District Coach of the Year award. In 2004, she guided the Bruins to a second-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament, producing her first two All-Americans in just her second season as head coach. As a result, she was named the District I and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year.