Concordia University, Nebraska, announced today that Scott Mattera has been named the Bulldogs' women's volleyball head coach. Mattera will also be serving in an athletic administration game management role at Concordia
“Concordia is blessed to have coach Mattera leading our program. He has coached at both NAIA and NCAA Division I institutions, so we are confident in his volleyball expertise and recruiting experience,” said Scott Seevers, vice president for enrollment, student life and athletics.
“He has a proven track record as the head coach of a high profile high school program in Ohio, which displays his leadership and program-building skills.”
Mattera comes to Concordia after serving most recently as the top assistant coach at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. Mattera helped guide the Cavaliers to a 25-14 record last season and a berth in the NAIA National Championship 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 3-0 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.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to serve our Lord and teach life lessons through the sport of volleyball at such a wonderful place,” said Mattera. “We are going to work hard, play hard, enjoy our time striving together, and take pride in representing Concordia University, Nebraska, both on and off the court.”
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.
“I’m fired up and ready to hit the ground running. Concordia has the infrastructure and the spirit to really build something special,” noted Mattera.
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.
“Scott brings a wealth of experience from the high school ranks, to NAIA, and the NCAA D1 level. His experience with re-vitalizing programs to a high level of competitiveness, both as a head coach and an assistant has been well-documented,” said Devin Smith, athletic director for Concordia. “More importantly, Scott demonstrates a strong passion for nurturing students through the opportunities created in one’s life: academically, personally, and competitively. He is going to bring a sense of enthusiasm that is contagious for all of us.”