Leigh Ann Matesich

Leigh Ann Matesich  Head Coach, Mount Union Raiders
New Wave Volleyball club coach, 2003 season

Leigh Ann Matesich Named OAC Coach of the Year

Mount Union's first year Head Coach Leigh Ann Matesich was named the OAC Coach-of-the-Year. Head Coach Leigh Ann Matesich led the Purple and White to a 22-10 record and a 5-4 mark in the OAC, during her first year at the helm of the Raider volleyball program. The 22 wins and .688 winning percentage was the best amongst first-year volleyball head coaches in Mount Union history.

Leigh Ann Matesich, Raider Head Volleyball Coach Update
[Reproduced from the Mount Union College Raiders website]

Matesich comes to Mount Union from Miami University of Ohio, where she spent the past two seasons as a volleyball graduate assistant coach (2004) and a volleyball administrative assistant (2005). She was a volleyball assistant recruitment coordinator at DePauw University (IN) in 2003, a women’s basketball student assistant coach at DePauw in 2003-04 and a women’s basketball coaching intern at Denison University in 2002.

A 2004 graduate of DePauw with undergraduate degrees in communications and kinesiology, Matesich also earned her master’s in sports studies from Miami University in 2005.

She was a three-year volleyball letterwinner at DePauw (2001-03) and a varsity letterwinner in volleyball and basketball at Saint Mary’s College (IN) in 2000-01. Matesich is a 2000 graduate of Newark Catholic High School.

Leigh Ann Matesich Named Raider Head Volleyball Coach
February 1, 2006

Mount Union College has named Leigh Ann Matesich as the College’s head women’s volleyball coach, announced Larry Kehres, Mount Union’s director of athletics on Wednesday, February 1.

Matesich, 24, replaces Sandy Douglas, who remains on as the Purple Raider head softball coach and the College’s senior women’s athletic administrator. Douglas guided the Raider volleyball program to nine 20+ win seasons and 338 wins in her 20 years at the helm of the program (338-310 record overall).

“We are very pleased to add Leigh Ann (Matesich) to our coaching staff,” said Kehres. “She brings a good background and strong knowledge of the game to our program. We believe she will be very successful at Mount Union.”

Matesich comes to Mount Union from Miami University of Ohio, where she spent the past two seasons as a volleyball graduate assistant coach (2004) and a volleyball administrative assistant (2005). She was a volleyball assistant recruitment coordinator at DePauw University (IN) is 2003, a women’s basketball student assistant coach at DePauw in 2003-04 and a women’s basketball coaching intern at Denison University in 2002.

A 2004 graduate of DePauw with undergraduate degrees in communications and kinesiology, Matesich also earned her master’s in sports studies from Miami University in 2005.

She was a three-year volleyball letterwinner at DePauw (2001-03) and a varsity letterwinner in volleyball and basketball at Saint Mary’s College (IN) in 2000-01. Matesich is a 2000 graduate of Newark Catholic High School.

“I am extremely excited to start my collegiate head coaching career here at Mount Union College," Matesich stated. "It certainly has established itself as a Division III institution that emphasizes both both academic and athletic excellence. I look forward to continuing the winning tradition Sandy Douglas has established in volleyball while leading the program into a new era.”

[Reproduced from the Mount Union Raiders' website.]

Volleyball Mastery All in the Family; Matesich Sisters Excelled at NC, College
October 5, 2005: Kurt Snyder, Newark Advocate

NEWARK -- If Newark Catholic volleyball coach Jeri Helfer ever needs an extra setter, she will have to look beyond the Matesich family.

The Green Wave volleyball program had a wealth of setters in one house for several years. It started with Leigh Ann Matesich (1996-1999) and her sister Molly (1998-2001) during the late '90s and continued into the early part of this decade with Sarah, who graduated in 2004.

[Read the full article in the Newark Advocate]

Leigh Ann Matesich Joins Miami Volleyball Program

Joining the Miami Volleyball program this season as a graduate assistant is Leigh Ann Matesich. Matesich comes to Miami following a three-year playing career at DePauw University where she lettered all three seasons with the Tigers

During her time at DePauw, the Tigers posted a 75-30 record, and Matesich was named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll all three years. As a senior, Matesich averaged 3.97 digs per game for the Tigers. In addition to her time as a student-athlete with the DePauw volleyball program, Matesich also served as an assistant recruitment coordinator with the volleyball program in 2003.

At DePauw, Matesich was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for three years, serving as president of the organization in 2003-04. As president, she increased participation and responsibility of members by 90 percent and established a mentor reading program with local middle schools. Matesich also was a two-year member of the DePauw Independent Council, a three-year member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society and a one-year member of Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletic Honor Society.

In addition to her time with the volleyball program, Matesich was a student assistant coach with the DePauw women's basketball team in 2003-04. The team finished the year with a 26-4 record and finished the year ranked 11th in Division III. As a student assistant coach, Matesich analyzed game tame and created scouting reports, recorded game statistics for analysis and also provide feedback to players in practice. She also spent the 2002-03 season doing a coaching internship with the Denison University women's basketball program.

Prior to her time at DePauw, Matesich spent a year at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., where she lettered in volleyball and basketball.

Matesich earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in kinesiology in May of 2004. At Miami, she is pursuing a master's degree in sports studies.

[Leigh Ann's announcement is reproduced from the Miami University Redhawks' website.]