2013 Hall of Fame Inductee: Nina Matthies
The legendary volleyball coach has nearly 600 indoor wins and the inaugural 2012 AVCA sand title.
Oct. 7, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 20, in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Jamil Macias at 310-506-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Nina Matthies' turn:
Nearly 600 career indoor wins plus 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in 30 years, in addition to the inaugural sand national championship in 2012, have cemented Nina Matthies' place as one of the most accomplished volleyball coaches of all time.
Matthies took over as the Waves' head coach in the fall of 1983. The 2013 season is her 31st as Pepperdine's coach, and she entered the year with a career record of 575-332 (.634).
Pepperdine has reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament twice in its history (2002 and 2011) while making it to a regional semifinal on five other occasions under Matthies. She's led the Waves to a season-ending top-25 AVCA ranking 14 times, with highs of sixth in 2002, 2003 and 2011.
The West Coast Conference began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1985, two years after Matthies arrived, so it's no surprise that she is the most successful coach in league history: a remarkable conference record of 311-81 (.793), a pair of conference win streaks that went 40-plus matches, 11 league championships (nine of them undefeated) and 10 WCC Coach of the Year awards.
Over the years she has produced 46 student-athletes that have taken home a combined 112 All-WCC awards, including 64 first team accolades. Nationally, nine players have been All-Americans and 16 have earned AVCA All-Region status.
Matthies has also been a leading proponent of collegiate sand volleyball, and she saw that goal realized when schools began play during the spring of 2012 as an NCAA emerging sport. Matthies is the chair of the AVCA Sand Volleyball Coaches' Committee as the new sport swiftly makes strides toward full NCAA Championship status.
The Waves have been dominant in the sport's two-year history, as they went undefeated and captured the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., and then nearly repeated the feat in 2013 before settling for second place. Matthies earned the AVCA's National Coach of the Year award in 2013, the first time it had been given.
Pepperdine's success on the beach isn't surprising considering Matthies' history in the sport. After she excelled in the indoor game at UCLA (winning two AIAW national championships), with the U.S. National Team (1971 Pan American Games) and professionally (International Volleyball Association and Women's Professional League), Matthies became one of the all-time greats outdoors.
In 139 career starts on the beach, she won 43 titles and earned 93 podium finishes. Seven of those titles came at the Manhattan Beach Open, and she's prominently featured at the legendary Manhattan Beach Volleyball Walk of Fame. She's been inducted into the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. Volleyball Magazine named Matthies as one of the "Most Influential People in the First 100 Years of Volleyball." In 2004, she was named to the 75th Anniversary All-Era Team by USA Volleyball.
She and her husband, Dan, have two sons, Morgan and Marty. Morgan played water polo at Pepperdine before graduating in 2004. He and his wife, fellow Pepperdine graduate Meghan, have one son, Logan. Marty played water polo at California and won a national championship in 2006 before graduating in 2008.