EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon volleyball has added Matt Ulmer as an assistant coach, head coach Jim Moore announced, Tuesday.
Ulmer comes to Eugene after seven seasons at Long Beach State, five of which were served as a full-time assistant. He was also the sand volleyball program's head coach at Long Beach, where he led the 49ers to a National Championship during the 2013 season. He will assist Oregon’s sand volleyball head coach, Stacy Metro, during the 2014 inaugural season.
“We are really excited to have Matt at Oregon,” said Moore. “He will add a lot to every aspect of the program, along with bringing energy and a lot of new ideas. He’s been with a school that has one of the best traditions in our sport, which will help tremendously.”
In 2012, Ulmer was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a recipient of the "Thirty Under 30" award, recognizing outstanding up-and-coming coaches in the profession throughout all levels under the age of 30. Ulmer was one of 10 coaches recognized from Division I.
Ulmer spent his playing days at Carthage College, where he was a setter under head coach LJ Marx. While at Carthage, he led the team to two National Championship appearances, and was named a first-team D-III All-American as a senior. He finished his college career as the Carthage career leader in both assists and service aces.
While at Carthage, Ulmer also worked as an assistant coach for the women's team, serving for five years from 2002-2006. He also worked as the club coach for TNT Volleyball Club from 2003-07, and has served with the Cal Juniors club team while in Southern California, helping the team earn two All-America selections on the way to a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics.
Ulmer completed his Master's degree in education in 2008 at Long Beach State. He graduated from Carthage in May 2007.