NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (January 23, 2020) -- Johnson & Wales Director of Athletics Dave Griffore announced on Thursday the hiring of Matt Geer as next head coach of the Wildcats volleyball program.
"I am excited to add Matt to our team as the next head volleyball coach at Johnson & Wales," Griffore said. "He brings a passion and energy for college coaching that we are looking for. I am confident he will create an energizing environment for our student-athletes to excel both on and off the court."
"I would first like to thank Athletic Director Dave Griffore for bringing me on board to lead the Wildcats volleyball program," Geer said. "Johnson & Wales University has a strong mission for both academic and athletic excellence with the student-athlete experience in mind which fits perfectly with my coaching philosophy. The moment I stepped on campus, I had an overwhelming sense of family and enthusiasm. It is important to me to represent these core values while building a positive team culture. I am very excited to hit the ground running with the current team, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity and support."
Geer comes to JWU after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Barry University (NCAA Division II). During his time with the Buccaneers, Barry posted a 51-16 record, including a 29-4 mark in 2018 (No. 18 in the final AVCA Top 25) – the team's best record since 2004. The Bucs recorded back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2018 & 2019); the first such appearances since 2010. Under Geer, Barry had seven all-region selections and four AVCA All-Americans (Megi Buvinic, Audren Rose, Kristina Filimonova, and Anastasiia Samokhvalova).
Prior to joining the Barry staff, Geer coached at Algood Middle School (2014-2018) with four-consecutive winning seasons. His coaching career began in 2012 at Elite Volleyball Training (2012-2015) as well as head coaching club teams: Ethos (2014-2015) and Upper Cumberland Elite (2015-2017).
Geer graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2017 where he earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science. While at TTU, he was a member of the men's indoor club volleyball team from 2009-2012.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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