Wright State Raider Volleyball Camps
Allie Matters | Head Coach
Allie Matters was named the head volleyball coach at Wright State University on January 17, 2018 after seven seasons as the top assistant at her alma mater Seton Hall. In her first season at Wright State, the Raiders had a historic season. Wright State qualified for the Horizon League Tournament for the first time in a DECADE! The Raiders also posted their first .500 or better program record in 15 YEARS! Wright State Volleyball was ranked 8th in the preseason poll and proved themselves a serious threat among league competitors finishing tied for 5th in the conference. WSU took home the most league wins in TEN YEARS. Three Raider volleyball athletes took home league honors for the first time since 2001 and the Raiders defeated a Power 5 Opponent for the first time since 2006!
Matters helped coach Seton Hall to its most successful season in program history in 2014, culminating with the program's first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. Matters and Head Coach Allison Yaeger were also named Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. The Pirates finished with a 28-8 overall record, the second-most wins ever at Seton Hall. Seton Hall nearly doubled its record for Big East victories with 15, and finished second in the final conference standings after being predicted to place sixth.
Matters, a Buffalo, NY native, played at Seton Hall from 2006-09, racking up numerous records and leading the Pirates to its first Big East
Championship appearance in 15 years as a senior. One of the greatest players in Pirates' history, she spent her first two seasons playing outside hitter, leading the team in kills and attacks both years, before moving to her natural libero position. A two-time All-Big East Second-Team selection, Matters recorded double-digit digs in the final 68 matches of her career with the Pirates - the nation's longest active streak at the end of the 2009 season. Matters was named Seton Hall Female Athlete of the Year after the 2008 season and Seton Hall Freshman Female Athlete of the Year the 2006 season.
At Seton Hall, Matters was responsible for recruiting, scouting, organizing team practice, coordinating travel, and was director of the program's summer camps. Under Matters' tutelage, libero protégés, Alyssa Warren and Tessa Fournier combined to be named Big East Libero of the Year five times.
Prior to returning to Seton Hall as assistant coach, Matters was at Canisius for two seasons in the same role.
Dan O'Keefe | Assistant Coach
Dan O'Keefe joined the Wright State volleyball staff during the summer of 2018. He was on the staff at Dayton for 2017 campaign after graduating from Saint Xavier University.
O'Keefe coached six Atlantic 10 All-Conference players during his time at Dayton, including the Setter of the Year (Jane Emmenecker) and Player of the Year (Amber Erhahon). Senior middle blocker Amber Erhahon was also named a member of the AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Team after finishing the 2017 season ranked fourth nationally with a .422 hitting percentage and 54th nationally with 1.22 blocks per set. Her .413 career hitting percentage is a Dayton program record. The Flyers finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 23-8, with a conference record of 13-1.
O'Keefe has been an active coach in the club, high school, and local volleyball community in Chicago since 2014. During his time at Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy, he helped lead the Michio 17 National Team to a fifth-place finish at the USAV Girls Junior National Championship (17 Open) in 2015, followed by a ninth place finish at AAUs (16 Open) with the Michio 16 National Team in 2016.
O'Keefe served as the Junior Varsity Girl's Volleyball Head Coach at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School in 2016, after a successful season as the head coach of the freshman team in 2015. During his time with the Wolfpack, O'Keefe tallied a 41-17 (.707) record.
Additionally, O'Keefe has been a camp and clinic coach for Elite Volleyball Program on the south side of Chicago since 2014. He has worked dozens of camps and clinics with Elite, from fundamental camps for grade school athletes to high level high school clinics with some of the best coaches in the area.
O'Keefe, a native of Chicago, was a 2016 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team selection at Saint Xavier. He was also a two-time SXU Student-Athlete Gold Medal winner.