University of South Dakota's volleyball program is one of 130 Division I teams that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 season.
VERMILLION, S.D. - Former Sioux City Bishop Heelan teammates Katelynn Poss and Megan McCarthy will be teammates again next year as both have joined the South Dakota volleyball team according to head coach Matt Houk. Both will start play in the fall as freshmen.
VERMILLION, S.D. - South Dakota head volleyball coach Matt Houk has named Michael Runde as USD volleyball's graduate assistant starting this fall.
Coyotes Volleyball vs IUPUI 9/29/13
The 2013 season will be Matt Houk's sixth as the head volleyball coach at the University of South Dakota. Through five seasons, Houk has compiled a record of 78-72 and is second on the school's list of all-time coaching wins.
Houk has a winning percentage of .520 at South Dakota, the best of any coach in school history. He moved into second on USD's all-time career wins with 76 after the Coyotes swept South Dakota State in the Coyote Den on Nov. 2, 2012.
Houk led USD to a 14-14 record and an 8-8 Summit League record in 2012, including a five-game winning streak to end the season. The Coyotes swept the season series with in-state rival South Dakota State and topped North Dakota State at home. USD went 3-1 in both the Alabama State ISTAP Tournament and Central Arkansas Invitational in the non-conference season. Junior outside hitter Amber Aschoff was named to the ASU ISTAP all-tournament team after averaging 11 kills in the four matches.
Sophomore outside hitter Kendall Kritenbrink earned All-Summit League honors after leading the league in kills per set (4.3) and ranking second in points per set (4.8). In the nation, Kritenbrink was 30th kills per set. Freshman outside hitter Sydney Dimke was named to the Summit League All-Freshmen team.
In 2011, with a young roster that featured just two seniors, Houk guided the Coyotes to a 14-18 mark. South Dakota was picked to finish ninth in the Summit League -- their first year in the conference -- but recorded a solid sixth-place finish with a 7-11 mark. The conference season was highlighted by a five-set road win over Oral Roberts and a season sweep of South Dakota State. In nonconference play, South Dakota won the Montana tournament with a 3-0 mark, and Kritenbrink was named the tournament MVP. South Dakota also defeated Oregon State at the Wyoming tournament for the Coyotes' first win over a school from a BCS conference.
Kritenbrink had an outstanding freshman campaign, earning All-Summit League first-team honors along with earning a spot on the all-freshmen team. Kritenbrink finished ranked 26th in the NCAA in kills per set at 4.24.
The 2010 Coyotes faced another difficult schedule, which included facing six schools in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI. After a slow start to the season, the Coyotes found their form midway through the year and finished 12-4 over their final 16 matches, including a big road win over in-state rival South Dakota State. Senior Kristin Kritenbrink earned first-team All-Great West honors, becoming the first Coyote to earn first-team honors at the Division I level. In addition, junior Carol Logato and sophomore Kim Bulaga earned all-conference second team honors, while Logato and Natalie Walseth were named to the all-newcomer team.
The Coyotes earned six GWC Player of the Week honors in 2010 as well. South Dakota advanced to the Great West Conference Championship game for the first time ever, losing to North Dakota. Senior Kristin Kritenbrink and freshman Natalie Walseth both earned all-tournament honors. The Coyotes finished 8-4 in conference play as well.
Facing a rugged road schedule, USD finished 13-17 in 2009, including 6-6 in the Great West Conference. The Coyotes faced Wisconsin of the Big Ten, Duke of the ACC and Kansas State of the Big 12 on the road, along with facing solid Division I programs such as Ohio, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Western Michigan. USD finished 3-1 and took second at the Drake Invitational in early September, losing the title by a tiebreaker. The Coyotes recorded wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Drake and Centenary at the event. The Coyotes also battled Kansas State tough, winning a set, before falling to the Wildcats in five games.
Three Coyotes received postseason honors from the Great West Conference in 2009, including junior Kristen Kritenbrink, who was named to the All-Conference second team. Bailey Reshel was named GWC Freshman of the Year and also was named to the All-Conference second team and the All-Newcomer team. Freshman Mallory Mork also was named to the All-Newcomer team. The Coyotes also had three GWC Players of the Week in 2009. USD finished 6-6 in conference play and won its first match at the Great West Championship before falling to eventual champion North Dakota in the semifinals.
The 2008 team under his direction finished 23-4 which tied the school record for win in a season. Houk guided the 2008 team to their first Division I wins as they went 4-0 at the Hampton University Tournament on Aug. 28-29. USD defeated Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wofford College and Providence College. Houk led The U in their first year of transition to NCAA Division I.
The squad also started off the season on an 11-game win streak and finished winning eight out of their last 10-matches. During the 2008 campaign, Houk coached three players named to all-tournament teams and seven Great West Conference Players of the Week.
Houk came to South Dakota with five seasons 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.
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 Volleyball'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 bachelor's degree in English. He was four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of the baseball team. He and his wife, Angie, have three children; Jaeden, Cole and Jorie.
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