She turned that into an opportunity to play for the University of Nevada, and for the past five seasons, she has assisted with the Bishop Manogue volleyball program.
When the fall season opens next school year, Matthews will be the new Miners head coach of the varsity team.
Long-time coach Jason Sterrett, who has been with the volleyball program at Manogue since 1995 and helped lead the Miners to a state championship in 2008, will be stepping down after this season. He expects Matthews to do a good job taking over the successful program.
“KatiJo has been my right hand man for more than five years now, and she has worked very hard in that capacity,” Sterrett said in a statement. “I have no doubt that she will do a great job continuing the success of the program.”
Matthews received a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Spanish in December of 2010 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently is in her second year teaching Spanish at BMHS.
“My favorite part about being at Manogue is the family-like atmosphere,” she said. “It’s such a great community of people, and I’m very blessed to work with the people I work with on a daily basis.”
Coaching volleyball pretty much monopolizes her free time. She also coaches club volleyball for the Northern Nevada Juniors.
However, Matthews is excited about this new opportunity, taking over a varsity program that is perennially a Northern Nevada power.
“I’m really excited to have been given such a great opportunity. I feel very blessed to have been mentored by such an awesome coach,” Matthews said. “It’s been a really exciting run this year. It’s a very disciplined program, so I’m excited to step into something and to be able to continue that tradition.”
Bishop Manogue is the No. 1 seed from the Sierra League after recording a 15-1 mark. Ironically, its only loss of the season came against Matthews’ former school, Reed. The Miners also earned the top seed last fall, but were upset by Spanish Springs in the regional semifinals.