On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Matt Geer became the second head coach in the history of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) volleyball.
"I am excited to add Matt to our team as the next head volleyball coach at Johnson & Wales,” JWU Director of Athletics Dave 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.