Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Where: Kansas City Convention Center
Cost: $175 per player
Camps are open to any/all players: 14u-18u year olds
Matt Houk - Minnesota
Laura Kasey - Minnesota
Marie Zidek - DePaul
Jeff Grove - Kansas State
~ Players will receive instruction from all four coaches during the hour and 1/2 session ~
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Matt Houk is in his sixth season season with Golden Gopher volleyball and second as an associate head coach. Houk comes to Minnesota after a six-tenure as the head coach at the University of South Dakota.
Houk began his Minnesota tenure in March of 2014. Since his arrival at Minnesota, Houk assisted Gopher coach Hugh McCutcheon to the 2015 and 2018 Big Ten championship and back-to-back Final Four berths. Coaching primarily the setters and defensive specialists, Houk worked with Samantha Seliger-Swenson the past four seasons. As a rookie, Seliger-Swenson went on to become the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year, a four-time All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year. In just her sophomore season, Seliger-Swenson became the Big Ten Setter of the Year and a First Team All-American. On the defensive side, the Gophers improved from 13.66 digs per set in 2014, to 15.50 per set in 2015. He also coached CC McGraw to Freshman All-Big Ten honors and Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America accolades.
Laura Kasey is in her fourth year with the Gopher Volleyball program after joining the team in January 2015.
Kasey helped Minnesota to a 2015 Big Ten championship and back-to-back NCAA Final Four apprearances. Working primarily with the middle blockers, Kasey helped Hannah Tapp and Paige Tapp to All-America honors, while Hannah was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2015.
Under Kasey's guidance, Minnesota had three middle blockers who garnered awards in 2016. Hannah Tapp was named an All-Big Ten selection and a Second Team AVCA All-American.
Marie Zidek was named head coach of the Blue Demon volleyball program at the end of last year. She was an assistant coach at the University of San Diego for the last four seasons where she helped the program to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Zidek was named a 30 Under 30 Award winner by the AVCA and has served as a conference representative and publications director for assistant coaches in each of her previous stops in the BIG EAST, Mid-American Conference and West Coast Conference.
Jeff Grove has been an assistant coach at K-State for 21 of the last 23 years, with the 2019 season being his 18th consecutive season with the Wildcats since rejoining the program under Suzie Fritz in 2002. From helping orchestrate the rise of the program in the late `90s to maintaining its success with Fritz for the last 17 years, Grove has played a big role in K-State being one of the nation's top programs.
In his 20 years as an assistant, a stretch that includes 15 winning seasons, Grove has helped lead K-State to 371 wins, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and a Big 12 Conference title in 2003. As the defensive coordinator for the team, he has also coached a number of great defensive players, including two-time Big 12 Liberos of the Year Laura Downey-Wallace and Angie Lastra, First Team All-Big 12 and AVCA All-American Lauren Goehring, and Volleyball Magazine All-American and three-time First Team All-Big 12 Kaitlynn Pelger.