A major component of UAA's last three playoff berths and two of the best seasons in program history, Sheldon Carvalho is back as head coach Chris Green's top assistant again in 2018, and for the second year in the role of associate head coach.
Carvalho was chosen the 2016 AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Seawolves to a program-best 34-3 record, its second straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and a spot in the 2016 NCAA Div. II National Title Match. UAA posted a then-program-best 27-3 record and produced three All-Americans In his rookie campaign of 2015, and last year he helped the Seawolves to an 19-11 record and another NCAA berth despite the loss of two starters midway through the season.
Since his arrival, UAA has produced 10 All-GNAC honorees, five All-Americans and captured the top seed for the NCAA West Regional Championships in two of three campaigns.
Behind the scenes, Carvalho spearheads UAA's world-wide recruiting efforts, with his first classes already producing the 2016 and 2017 GNAC Freshmen of the Year and 2017 GNAC Newcomer of the Year.
Carvalho came to UAA after serving two seasons as head coach of American Leadership Academy, a high school program in Spanish Fork, Utah, where his teams posted top-4 regional finishes and made the Class 2A State Tournament in 2013 and 2014. He also coached at ALA from 2008-09, leading the school to its first-ever appearance at State.
In between those stints, Carvalho was the head coach at junior college program Western Texas College from 2010-12, collecting three consecutive 20-win seasons and a 67-40 overall record. At WTC, his 2011 and 2012 squads were the NJCAA Region V champions and made appearances at the national tournament. Carvalho coached two All-Americans, four all-conference players and helped WTC to its first-ever national ranking – reaching as high as No. 11. He was honored as the District E Junior College Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.
Carvalho took his first head coaching job in 2007 at Kahuku High School in his home state of Hawaii, leading his team to an Oahu island championship and a 14-2 record.
He broke into the coaching profession at Brigham Young-Hawaii University, where he served as a student assistant on the Seasiders' 1996 and 1997 NAIA national championship clubs, and helped legendary head coach Wilfred Navalta with the 2000, 2004 and 2005 teams that played at the NCAA Div. II level.
As a player, Carvalho lettered four years at Kauai High School before spending one season on the men's club team at BYU-Hawaii. He earned a B.A. in secondary math education from Brigham Young (Utah) University in 2004 and a masters in counseling psychology from Chaminade University in 2008.
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