NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – After serving as the interim head volleyball coach this past season, Ivan Matos will be returning full-time as the head volleyball coach, Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset announced on Wednesday January 2.
During Matos' interim campaign, he had a helping hand in developing three all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selections. Senior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind. / Central Noble), junior libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind. / Roncalli), and senior defensive specialist Morgan Oliver (Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria-Monroe) represented Manchester University's volleyball team on the 2018 all-HCAC teams, released Nov. 7.
Duncan was named first-team all-HCAC for the second time in her career. She ended the 2018 season by registering her third successive 200-or-more kills effort with 297, and had a strong .225 attack percentage. The senior added 77 digs, and 27 blocks defensively for the season. Duncan was also third in the league with kills per set (3.49).
Lawrie was named honorable mention all-HCAC for the first time in her career. The libero registered 375 digs in 2018, for her third consecutive 300-or-more digs effort. The junior tallied 20-or-more digs in seven matches this season. Lawrie averaged 4.41 digs per set, while also recording 27 aces and 62 assists.
Oliver was noted on the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team for her leadership.
Matos has served as a head coach of Fort Wayne's Empowered Volleyball Academy 18s Elite Red squad since 2017 and had been a graduate assistant for the former Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne men's program from January-April 2016. He has a wealth of playing experience too, being a member of United States' volleyball's Double-A and Open Division runner-ups; playing professionally in Puerto Rico; and being a student-athlete for the Mastodons where he was named all-conference on the court and academically.
Matos earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Services Administration from IPFW in May 2012 and a Masters degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Health Services Administration from IPFW in May 2016.