Matthews Named Volleyball Assistant Coach
Jan. 29, 2015
"I have been anxiously awaiting Sara's arrival on campus. She did such a great job as our recruiting coordinator at West Virginia, so I knew immediately that she is who I wanted to hire," Kramer said. "When she got married and went on her honeymoon in early January, it gave me some time in the transition to realize how much I rely on her in the gym and in the recruiting process. Sara joining our program gives us continuity in recruiting and in the gym since we already `speak the same language' and she knows me so well.
"We will recruit the best and brightest student-athletes in the country at TCU. Sara's knowledge of the Big 12 Conference as both a student-athlete and a coach, as well as her strong recruiting ties throughout the country will certainly be an asset to the TCU volleyball program.
Matthews comes to Fort Worth after spending the past three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Kramer at West Virginia.
"I am extremely excited and blessed to be joining the TCU family," Matthews said. "I would like to thank Jill, Chris Del Conte, and Chancellor (Victor) Boschini for the opportunity to be a part of one of the premier academic and athletic institutions in the country. TCU is really a recruiting coordinator's dream because we offer a tremendous location, top-notch academics and the chance for student athletes to play in one of the top conferences in the country.
"Fort Worth has the amenities of a bigger city but a small town college feel where everyone bleeds purple. The education that student athletes receive is on par with the best universities out there. And finally, it is a really special time to be a part of TCU athletics. Chris has done an exceptional job of building a culture of excellence and success within the department and I know Jill shares his vision for the volleyball program. I am excited to be a part of Horned Frog Nation and building TCU volleyball to one of the top teams in the Big 12 conference and contend on a national level."
In her three seasons in Morgantown, Matthews was a part of a staff that helped the Mountaineers reach new program heights. She brought in recruiting classes that were all named Prepvolleyball.com Honorable Mention. WVU recently finished one of its most successful seasons in 2014 with a program-high RPI of 70 and also garnering its first All-Americans in program history when Jordan Anderson and Nikki Attea earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors. Anderson also became the first player in the history of the program to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
In 2013, Matthews helped mentor the team to its best start in program history (10-0), its first Big 12 Conference victory and its first 20-win season in more than two decades. She also saw her squad finish No. 74 in the RPI - 118 spots higher than 2012 - the eighth-best improvement in the country and the largest among major conference schools.
Matthews joined the Mountaineers from Coast Volleyball Club in San Diego, Calif., where she coached from 2010-12.
Before joining the Coast staff, Matthews was the director of operations for the USC women's volleyball program from 2008-10. In her time with the Trojans, the team posted a 68-17 record, qualified for the NCAA Championships all three years and made it to the Final Four in 2010. Her duties included overseeing the program's budget, organizing team travel, arranging recruiting visits, organizing coach Mick Haley's annual volleyball camps and assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program.
Prior to USC, Matthews worked as a consultant for the Austin (Texas) Sports Center. As an events director and programs coordinator, she planned and organized tournaments throughout the state.
While in Austin, Matthews coached at the Austin Juniors Volleyball Club. She also served as an assistant coach for the Austin Juniors Europe Global Challenge team, in addition to Texas Advantage Volleyball. Matthews led four different teams to the USAV Junior Olympics with three of those teams qualifying in the open division and her 17-1's Austin Juniors team capturing gold in 2008.
Matthews, formerly Sara Kidd, is a native of San Diego, Calif., and played four years at the collegiate level. Her first two seasons were at James Madison (1997-98), where she was an all-conference standout and conference player of the week selection. Matthews transferred to Kansas for her final two seasons (1999-2000), where she was a member of the Dean's List and team captain for the Jayhawks in her senior season.
Matthews earned Big 12 All-Academic First Team honors in 2000 and earned Jayhawk Scholar honors in 1999.
She earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from Kansas in 2002 and a master's degree in communications management from USC in 2010. She is married to Marcel Matthews and has a stepdaughter Layla (6).
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