Matt Houk, that offered the previous 9 periods at the College of Minnesota, consisting of the last 4 years as associate head instructor, has actually been called the 12th head instructor in Montana State volley ball background, revealed Bobcat Supervisor of Sports Leon Costello on Friday early morning.
“I am recognized to come to be the following head instructor of the Montana State volley ball program,” Houk claimed. “I was excited with the College as well as the sports division the minute I tipped on school. I want to give thanks to Leon Costello as well as his team for delegating me to lead the program right into the future. I rely on the foundation that has actually been laid as well as our capacity to advance in the direction of constantly completing for Big Skies champions. My household as well as I are delighted to call Bozeman our residence.”
Houk, that started his job with the Gophers in the springtime of 2014, played an indispensable function helping previous Minnesota head instructor Hugh McCutcheon, in assisting UMN to 3 Last Fours, 4 Elite 8’s as well as 8 Dessert 16 looks. Throughout that period, the Gophers caught the 2015 as well as 2018 Large 10 titles. Houk was likewise critical in hiring several leading 10-ranked courses, consisting of the No. 1 general course in 2020.
“I am exceptionally delighted to invite Matt to MSU as our brand-new volley ball head instructor, in addition to his other half Jenni as well as youngsters Jaeden, Cole, as well as Jorie,” Costello claimed. “Matt is a highly-regarded instructor as well as employer as well as is an excellent suitable for our program right now. He brings a variety of experiences as an NCAA Department I head instructor at South Dakota as well as latest function of associate head instructor at Minnesota -a top volley ball program- to our division. I expect the future of Bobcat Beach ball with Matt at the helm.”
With the Gophers, Houk supervised the setters as well as protective professionals. He functioned largely with Large 10 Setter of the Year as well as 4-time All-American Samantha Seliger-Swenson for four periods. On the protective side, he contributed as the Gophers boosted from 13.66 digs per embed in 2014, to 15.50 per embeded in 2015. Independently, he just recently collaborated with libero CC McGraw, that gathered various nationwide distinctions, consisting of being called a two-time AVCA All-American as well as a 2022 Academic All-America guest of honor. McGraw completed her occupation 3rd on the all-time Gophers dig graph with 1,924 conserves.
For the last 3 periods, Houk created as well as mentored present Minnesota setter Melani Shaffmaster. This loss, Shaffmaster was called AVCA All-North Area, All-Big 10 First String, as well as caught Large 10 Setter of the Week honors on 2 events.
Houk signed up with Minnesota after an effective six-year job as head instructor at the College of South Dakota. At USD, he saw the Coyotes change from NCAA Department II to Department I. In his period in Vermillion, Houk uploaded a 97-85 document as well as collected a .533 win portion, the most effective win in institution background.
In his last year at USD, Houk hired as well as trained 2013 Top Organization Gamer of the Year, Kendall Kritenbrink, as she was likewise called an AVCA All-America ethical reference. Under Houk’s advice, USD positioned 3 on the 2013 All-Summit Organization volley ball group. He likewise assisted the Coyotes transform from the Great West Meeting to the Top Organization in 2011 as well as a sixth-place coating in the standings their inaugural year. In his initial year with the Coyotes, Houk moved the 2009 version to a 23-4 mark, which connected an institution document for success in a period.
Before his time at South Dakota, Houk was an assistant instructor at the College of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2004-06. Throughout his 3 periods with the Phoenix metro, 5 gamers were called to the All-Horizon Organization group as well as 6 student-athletes made scholastic all-league honors. He started his Department I mentoring occupation at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002-03 where the Panthers incorporated for a 45-19 document with 20-win periods both years.

A previous professional athlete himself, Houk played Department I baseball for Milwaukee as a shortstop. With the Panthers, Houk held an occupation .342 batting standard as well as was called to the program’s 20th wedding anniversary group in 2011.

A citizen of Waukesha, Wis., Houk finished in 2002 from Milwaukee where he made an English level. Houk’s other half Jenni was likewise a participant of the Minnesota Golden Gophers volley ball mentoring team. He has 3 youngsters, Jaeden, Cole as well as Jorie.
What they’re claiming concerning Matt Houk:
Hugh McCutcheon – Aide AD/Sport Growth Train
College of Minnesota
Head Train at Minnesota 2012-22; 2018 AVCA Train of the Year; 2012 U.S.A. Female’s Olympic Train (Silver-London)
“This is a fantastic hire. Matt is an extraordinary instructor as well as instructor – as well as he understands exactly how to construct a society of lasting success. It’s an interesting time for Bobcat Beach ball!”
Jen Flynn Oldenburg – Head Volley Ball Train
Ohio State College
“Congrats to Montana State with the hiring of Matt Houk! Matt brings a riches of understanding as well as affordable spirit that will certainly convert well right into the Large Skies Meeting. I have actually learnt more about Matt as a train throughout the internet in addition to an associate throughout among our Large 10 Variety Mentoring programs. There is no doubt that he will certainly place the well-being of the student-athletes primarily while training as well as completing at a high degree. I want him as well as his household the outright finest with this brand-new venture.”
Katie Schumacher-Cawley – Head Volley Ball Train
Penn State College
“I am delighted for Matt, Jen, as well as their household as they tackle this brand-new obstacle. I have actually understood Matt considering that the start of my mentoring occupation as we both trained in the Perspective Organization. Matt has actually constantly made a favorable influence on the sporting activity as well as individuals around him. I am positive that Matt will certainly be outstanding at Montana State.”
Rob Neilson – Head Volley Ball Train
Utah State College
“Matt is a train I have actually substantially appreciated over the last years, as we satisfied at the start of his time on the Minnesota team with Hugh McCutcheon (among my advisors as well as mentoring heroes). Matt has actually been an indispensable component of their success these previous 9 periods. His understanding of the video game as well as knowledge make him a fantastic instructor, his honesty as well as consideration make him a fantastic advisor, as well as his concern, vision as well as humbleness make him a fantastic leader. The student-athletes at Montana State as well as the area of Bozeman will certainly like the Houks!”
Leanne Williamson – Head Volley Ball Train
College of South Dakota
“I am so fired up for Matt. Matt is fantastic at creating connections while aiding establish student-athletes in each location of their lives.  I am positive that Montana State will certainly grow under his management, as well as the trainee professional athletes will certainly have a fantastic experience!” 

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