Houk named USD's volleyball head coach Joel Nielsen, director of athletics at The University of South Dakota, has announced that Matt Houk has been named head coach of the Coyote volleyball team. Houk replaces Brian Lamppa who resigned after being named associate head coach at Washington State University. â�?�?I would like to thank the USD administration and hiring committee for this opportunity,â�? said Houk. â�?�?I feel this is a great opportunity to be involved in the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. I am truly excited for the direction that USD is heading. My family and I are excited to make Vermillion our home.â�? Houk comes to South Dakota with five season of NCAA Division I coaching experience. From 2004-06 he was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. During his three seasons with the Phoenix, five players were named to the All-Horizon League team and six players earned academic all-league honors. â�?�?First I would like to welcome Matt and his family to the University and our community,â�? said Nielsen. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m very pleased we are able to bring in a coach with Mattâ�?�?s volleyball background. His years as a Division I coach will be a great asset to our department and his experience in volleyball will be a great tool for our student-athletes. â�?�?We were impressed with Mattâ�?�?s experience outside of college volleyball in his involvement with USA Volleyball High Performance and his coaching at the high club level in Wisconsin.â�? Prior to his stint at Green Bay, Houk was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002-03. In those two seasons the team combined to go 45-19 with 20-win seasons both years. In his first season with the Panthers, they went 20-14 overall and were 11-3 in the Horizon League. They earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament after winning the conference tournament. Then in 2003 the Panthers went 25-5 and 13-1 in conference play. In two seasons at Milwaukee, Houk coached one All-American, three all-region players, five all-conference players and back-to-back Horizon League Player of the Year award winners. In addition to his experience at the college level, Houk has also been involved in a number of other elite volleyball programs. In 2007 he began working with the Wisconsin Volleyball Academy and Badger Region High Performance. He was the club director and coach for the Wisconsin Volleyball Academy, working with 12 teams and managing the entire coaching staff. For Badger Region High Performance he was head coach and the program director for USA Volleyballâ�?�?s Youth and National Development Program. In 2006 he created his own company, JAM Sports, which helped coordinate and organize youth volleyball camps as well as work with youth coaching staffs. During his two seasons in Milwaukee, Houk was the program coordinator for the Milwaukee Sting club team. Houk is a 2002 graduate from UW-Milwaukee where he earned his bachelorâ�?�?s degree in English. He was four-year letter winner and two-year captain of the baseball team. He and his wife, Angie, have three kids; Jaeden (4), Cole (2) and Jorie (1).
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