Shawn Matthews enters his second season as an assistant coach at UAB for both the indoor and sand volleyball teams.
Matthews comes to Birmingham via his home, the Lone Star State, and in 2011 finished his fifth season at Spain Park HS (Hoover, AL ) as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach under Paula Dill.
During his time with the Jaguars, his primary duties which included attack, block, and setter training, helped the program reach the 2008 substate playoffs and a 25 match-winning record. In the high school off-season, he was active in the local club volleyball scene training athletes of all ages, while guiding his teams to top ten regional finishes each year.
Matthews began his coaching career in Odessa, Texas at the local youth league, private school/club levels, and it culminated at the University of Texas-Permian Basin with a position as the volunteer assistant in 1999. Under the mentorship of Steve Aicinena, Matthews was given both team offensive/defensive responsibilities, including serving, attacking, and blocking, as well as statistical reporting duties. During that same year the UTPB Lady Falcons earned a 23-12 season record and achieved its
first-ever Red River Athletic Conference championship in the program's school history of NAIA division competition.
In 2001, while attending college in Abilene, Texas, Matthews began his official competitive volleyball career playing for Dyess Air Force Base as a middle blocker.
He has won and participated in both indoor/outdoor competitions all over the U.S. from New York to California and overseas including Italy, France, and England, and most recently has been a 2012 adult national indoors team finalist.
Shawn credits his passion for coaching to his 10 years of working/volunteering in nonprofit, specializing in youth development through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and various YMCAs. When he's not coaching or working a volleyball camp you will find him on the tennis court working on his serve.
A native of Odessa, Texas, Matthews earned his B.B.A in Financial Management from ACU in 2004.