Assistant coach helped CSU to back-to-back conference championships
Four seniors looking for big things in 2012
New coach fresh off Swedish Elite Series championship
No. 9 CSU dropped the first two sets but came back to beat Utah State to earn a program-record 21-0 start. [Photos by Nic Hallisey]
Photos from CSU's come-from-behind victory at San Diego State. The No. 12 Rams improved to 17-0. [Photos by Nic Hallisey]
CSU volleyball vs. No. 22 Purdue in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, played in Tallahassee, Fla.
CSU volleyball's sweep of Air Force on Nov. 15, 2012.
CSU's 3-0 road win at Wyoming in the Border War on Nov. 2, 2012.
Matthew Botsford was hired by Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert on April 26, 2012, and spent two seasons with the Rams volleyball program before accepting the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 10, 2014.
In two seasons with the Rams (2012-13), Botsford helped CSU to back-to-back Mountain West championships, working with the team's blockers and middle attackers, in addition to being the program's scouting coordinator.
He directly mentored four all-conference middle blockers, including three who earned AVCA All-America consideration. Calling blocking schemes for the Rams, CSU ranked in the top 15 nationally in blocks per set both seasons.
In 2013, an historic season in which the Rams went 28-2 and set numerous program and conference records, CSU ranked 13th in the NCAA in blocks per set, averaging 2.84. Samantha Peters, the 2013 Mountain West Player of the Year, ranked among the top 25 players nationally in both blocking and hitting percentage.
CSU went 49-10 with Botsford on the bench, advancing to the NCAA tournament both seasons and ranking as high as No. 9 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll.
Prior to his time in Fort Collins, Botsford spent 11 years as a Division I assistant coach, not to mention several stints internationally, both as a player and coach. He spent the 2011 season as the head coach for the Swedish club team, Lindesberg Volley.
In his only season with Lindesberg, Botsford led the team to its first-ever appearance in the finals of Sweden's top league. There, Lindesberg knocked off the defending champions in the semifinals, before sweeping the championship match to win the Swedish Elite Series. With the title, Lindesberg qualified for the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup.
Botsford coached players from all over the world, including athletes from Poland, America, Ukraine and Sweden.
In the college ranks, he has coached at Indianapolis, IUPUI, Miami and Notre Dame.
From 2008-10, Botsford mentored three Fighting Irish All-Americans - Jamel Nicholas, Christina Kaelin and Serinity Phillipsf - and worked with the development of the outside hitters and middle blockers, and the coordination of off-campus recruiting and scouting. During his stint, he also was the lead recruiter for a pair of top-15 recruiting classes. Notre Dame won the Big East regular-season title in 2009, advancing to the NCAA tournament.
In four years (2004-07) as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Miami, Botsford tutored a trio of All-Americans in Val Tipiana, Frannie Savage and Karla Johnson. He also helped recruit Arielle Cook, Miami's first-ever Fab 50 recruit. In 2004, the Hurricanes finished second in the ACC standings, and following his departure, many of his recruits helped lead the Hurricanes to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to 2004, he was an assistant for three seasons (2001-03) at IUPUI, helping lead a number of players to success on the court, including two-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year Rebekah Pallikan.
Botsford was also the interim head coach at his alma mater, Tri-State, for both the men's and women's teams in 1998 at the age of 21, followed by a one-year stint with Indianapolis (1999).
Aside from the college game, Botsford has spent time as a coach with NORCO and Circle City Volleyball Club, and at Prairie Heights High School (Ind.). From 2009-11, he owned and operated a youth club program in South Bend, Ind., called Mizuno Gold Volleyball, training two of the nation's top volleyball recruits. He also served on the coaching staff of the USA Volleyball Girls Select A1 Team for the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earning a bronze medal. He returned to help lead the program, which trains elite volleyball players in preparation for the U.S. National Team, in 2008 and 2009, as well.
Botsford played collegiately at Tri-State University (now Trine) from 1995-98, and led the Thunder to its first NAIA/MIVA championship. He was a four-time all-conference and academic all-conference selection, and finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in kills, blocks and digs. In 2006, he was inducted into the Tri-State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
His playing career continued overseas, as he spent offseasons from 1998-03 on the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association (MPVA) beach volleyball tour. In 2000, he was named the Extreme Volleyball Professionals Rookie of the Year, and a year later was named to the MPVA Dream Team, which consisted of the top six players on the tour.
Botsford won a bronze medal at the 2002 USA Volleyball Open Championships in Dallas, Texas, and was selected to the all-tournament team while competing for Surf City Volleyball Club. In 2003, he played for Vingaker Volleyball Club in Sweden, and was one of the team's most prolific players, leading the squad in blocks and hitting percentage throughout the playoffs. He guided Vingaker to the finals of the Swedish Elite Series and a berth in the European CEV Cup for the first time in the club's 30-year history.
He graduated from Tri-State in 1998 with a degree in social studies education. He received his master's degree in business administration from Indianapolis in 2004.
|1998||Tri-State||Interim Head Coach (men & women)|
|2008-10||Notre Dame||Assistant Coach|
|2011||Lindesberg Volley||Head Coach|
|2012-13||Colorado State||Assistant Coach|
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
Time remains to RSVP for the 2016 CSU...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Fans are invited to join the Colorado State volleyball team on Thursday,...
Oleksak named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colorado State freshman setter Katie Oleksak has been named an Honorable...
Oleksak, Hillyer earn AVCA All-Region recognition
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Colorado State freshman setter Katie Oleksak was named to the AVCA All-Pac...
Recap: Rams fall in four sets to Kentucky in...
SEATTLE – The Colorado State Rams won the first set, but the No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats took ...
Preview: CSU ready for matchup with Kentucky in...
The Colorado State Rams will embark on their 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament with a match...
Five Rams receive All-Mountain West honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five Colorado State Rams volleyball players received all-conferen...
THE STREAK CONTINUES: Rams receive at-large bid...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams will be making their 22nd consecutive...
Recap: Recap: Rams win instant classic in five ...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams played an epic five-set match against the...