Head Coach Matt Buttermore
Omaha Athletics and Vice Chancellor, Athletics Trev Alberts announced April 1, 2019, that Matt Buttermore will be the sixth head volleyball coach in program, taking over for Rose Shires who retired after 29 seasons leading the Mavericks. Buttermore most recently served as the head coach of Hastings College for the past seven seasons.
Buttermore’s pedigree includes an NAIA National Championship at Hastings in 2016. He guided the school to three Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) crowns (2012, 2016-17), back-to-back GPAC Tournament titles (2016-17), five NAIA National Tournament appearances and an NAIA Elite Eight (2012).
Buttermore has coached 37 all-conference honorees, three GPAC Players of the Year and a two-time NAIA Libero of the Year (2016-17). He also has had 12 of his players achieve All-America status.
Among his coaching accolades, Buttermore has garnered GPAC and West-Central Region Coach of the Year recognition three times (2012, 2016-17) and earned NAIA National Tournament Coach of the Year honors for his team’s 2016 national championship run. For that season, he also was the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) NAIA National Coach of the Year.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Buttermore played collegiately at the University of Findlay in Ohio (NCAA I-II). As a middle blocker, he was a four-year letterwinner and earned academic all-conference honors. He still holds the program’s records for blocks in a single match and total blocks in a season.
Buttermore earned his bachelor of arts in English from Findlay and completed his master of arts in leadership at Bellevue where he also developed a leadership program for the college’s student-athletes. He is married to the former Laura Pilakowski who was an All-American and former volleyball student-athlete at Nebraska. The couple has two daughters: Emelyn and Lainey.