Hometown: Monroe, Mich. Alma Mater: University of Toledo
Scott Mattera completed his fifth season as Concordia University head volleyball coach in 2016. After four seasons at the helm of the program, Mattera holds an overall record of 88-75 (.540).
The native of Monroe, Mich., guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national tournament appearance during a 2015 campaign that included a 26-9 overall mark (fifth-most wins in program history), a GPAC championship match appearance and six wins over ranked opponents. Concordia hosted conference quarterfinal and semifinal contests in which it defeated Northwestern and College of Saint Mary. The Bulldogs were led by first team all-conference selections in Annie Friesen, Jocelyn Garcia and Alayna Kavanaugh.
Concordia has improved its records each of the first four seasons under Mattera's direction. The 2015 class of seniors were part of a 2012 squad that went 10-21 overall. The next three seasons resulted in above .500 records: 26-9 in 2015, 20-12 in 2014 and 17-14 in 2013. The 2015 team broke a program record for GPAC wins in a season (12) and featured five attackers with 240 or more kills.
The breakthrough 2014 campaign was highlighted by a fourth-place GPAC placement, marking Concordia's first top-four league finish since 2001. The 2014 Bulldogs also defeated three ranked opponents, advanced to the GPAC tournament semifinals and topped conference rivals Hastings and Doane for the first time since 2007.
In Mattera's first season, he helped then senior Amanda Kisker develop into a first team all-conference selection. Kisker was the first Bulldog to be named to the first team since 2007. The 2014 season produced two more first team all-conference choices in Kavanaugh and Claire White - both named to the AVCA's All-West Central Region team. White also garnered NAIA honorable mention All-America accolades. A second team All-GPAC pick in 2016, outside hitter Paige Getz completed her career with 1,331 kills (third most in program history).
Mattera came to Concordia after serving as the top assistant coach at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. Mattera helped guide the Cavaliers to a 25-14 record in 2011 and a berth in the NAIA national tournament. In addition to coaching at Montreat, Mattera assisted with game management and taught in the sport management department.
Prior to Montreat, Mattera was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Toledo during the 2010 season. During his one season with the Lady Rockets, Toledo upset the University of Michigan as well as the Creighton Blue Jays. Mattera also helped guide the Lady Rockers to a straight-sets victory over the top-seeded Ball State Cardinals in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Mattera's administrative background includes being the owner and general manager of Synergy Sports and Fitness of Toledo, a 60,000 square foot volleyball and fitness facility, from 2004-06.
Mattera holds a decorated coaching history in the Ohio high school ranks. He began his career in 2002 as the JV coach of St. Ursula Academy. In two years, he compiled a record of 44-3, winning back-to-back city championships. After taking a year off to open Synergy Sports and Fitness, Mattera returned to high school coaching as the head coach at Notre Dame Academy from 2005-10. In just his second year with the Notre Dame Academy, the Eagles knocked off St. Ursula, ending their 139-match winning streak.
Notre Dame Academy went on to win back-to-back city championships in 2007 and 2008 and won the district in 2007, the first in school history. Mattera was awarded the City League and District Coach of the Year in 2006 & 2007, and his teams were consistently ranked both in state and national polls. During his time at Notre Dame Academy, the Eagles produced five Division-1 college athletes, in addition to numerous D2, D3, NAIA, and NJCAA recruits.
Mattera earned his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Toledo in 2001, graduating with honors while also playing for the men's club volleyball team. He is currently working towards a master's degree at University of Toledo, focusing on sports sociology.
Hometown: Powell, Wyo. Alma Mater: St. Gregory's University
Abby Pollart was officially announced as full-time assistant volleyball coach on Scott Mattera's staff on April 5, 2017. She will also serve a game management role within the athletic department. Her official start date is set for July 5, 2017.
Pollart will arrive in Seward after having spent the previous season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Since December, she has served as interim head coach for the Hardrockers.
Originally from Powell, Wyo., Pollart felt at home on her visit to Concordia as part of the interview process. A St. Gregory’s University (Okla.) alum, Pollart spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division II University of Arkansas at Monticello. Prior to her graduate assistantship, she volunteered as a coach at Cameron University (Okla.), another NCAA Division II institution.
A 2012 graduate of St. Gregory’s, Pollart earned her bachelor of science in social science. As a member of the volleyball team, she twice collected NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades. Pollart carried a 4.0 GPA as both an undergrad and graduate student. She went on to pick up her master of education in physical education and coaching from Arkansas at Monticello.
Additionally, Pollart has been active in church work. She served as youth and young adult director/coordinator for Holy Family Catholic Church in Lawton, Okla., for two years.
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa Alma Mater: Wingate University (N.C.)
Saehler is in her first season as graduate assistant coach on Scott Mattera’s Concordia volleyball staff. Saehler graduated from Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., in May 2017 with a bachelor of science in human services.
As a member of the NCAA Division II Bulldogs, Saehler twice earned All-America honors from the AVCA. Additionally, she collected three Southeast All-Region honors and was named South Atlantic all-conference all four years.
Abby is the daughter of Bill and Donna Saehler. The native of Iowa City, Iowa, is pursuing her master’s degree from Concordia.
Hometown: Clarinda, Iowa Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Rachel Miller returned to the Concordia University volleyball staff after a one-year absence (2012). Miller, the Bulldog head coach from 2005-2011, completed her third season as the program's director of operations in 2016.
During Miller's seven-year tenure as head coach, she led Concordia to a record of 107-125. She guided the Bulldogs to 20-plus victories for three-consecutive seasons from 2005-2007.
She is a 2003 Concordia graduate and member of the school's athletic hall of fame. As a player at Concordia, Miller amassed 1,343 career kills and 760 blocks while receiving first team all-conference honors three times. In 2001 she earned NAIA third team all-America accolades. She also picked up all-conference recognition on the basketball court.