A three-time All-Conference Carolinas selection as a player at Belmont Abbey, Nolan Albrecht was named head coach of the Crusaders’ men’s volleyball program on April 25, 2017. He had previously served as the assistant coach of the women’s program, while helping out with the men’s team for the second half of the 2017 season. In his first full year, The Abbey posted an 11-16 overall record, advancing to the Conference Carolinas semifinals as the No. 4 seed. It finished 8-8 in league play.
During his inaugural season, Albrecht helped Liam Maxwell earn Honorable Mention All-American from VolleyMob after he led the NCAA with 471 kills and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on March 27. He also mentored Gavin Schaffer, who was named Student of the Year by Belmont Abbey College for his outstanding work in the college community as president of Student Government, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Pop Martin Award winner. The men's team also won the Conference Carolinas' Individual Messick Award for sportmanship.
Albrecht returned to his alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s team in mid-season and was promoted to full time in December 2016. He continues to serve as an assistant coach for the program, now entering his third year. Both teams were recognized for their academic success (team GPA of 3.3 or higher) by receiving AVCA All-Academic Team honors.
During his short tenure as recruiting coordinator and interim assistant coach of the men’s team, Albrecht coached alongside Elyea, guiding the Crusaders to a 6-4 conference record (6-8 overall) which included five straight wins at the end of the regular season, the second-longest run in school history. The Abbey climbed to fifth in the final standings before a quarterfinal match at Limestone. Albrecht was responsible for practice planning and much of the match strategy during the season, leading to substantial statistical improvements in hitting percentage, kills per set, assists per set, digs per set, and aces per set.
His coaching resume also includes serving as the assistant director of player development and head of social media at Carolina Union Volleyball Club in Charlotte, where the 15 Premier club team garnered national attention after multiple tournament wins. Albrecht represents USA Volleyball as a coach in their men's and women's High Performance training pipeline, including earning a silver medal at the Boys' Select A2 volleyball camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July.
During his three seasons of active play at The Abbey, Nolan amassed two first-team All-Conference Carolinas selections, one second-team all-conference selection, and multiple Player of the Week awards. His career statistics include 1,157 kills, 594 digs, 142 total blocks, and 70 aces. After sitting out for his entire sophomore season due to injury, he was named “Conference Carolinas' Comeback Player of the Year” after returning to the top 10 in several statistical categories.
Albrecht graduated with honors from Belmont Abbey College with two degrees: Sports Management and Theology. During his time at the Abbey, he performed in three musical productions with the Abbey Players including a lead role as “John the Baptist/Judas” in Godspell and a supporting role as “Reuben” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. An active participant with the Abbey Volunteers, Albrecht was a two-time recipient of the Father "Pop" Martin Award, which is presented to the overall student-athlete who demonstrates the true spirit and heart of Belmont Abbey College.
Nolan has six siblings and eight nieces and nephews. One of his sisters, Annika, was a two-time national champion as an outside hitter at Nebraska.