Christy Pfeffenberger is entering her fourth season at Xavier University in 2011 and her first as associate head coach. She has served as assistant coach for the previous three seasons. Pfeffenberger is no stranger to the Atlantic 10 Conference. Pfeffenberger played collegiate volleyball for four years at the University of Dayton. In February of 2009, she was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 which showcased the up-and-coming professionals in volleyball.
Pfeffenberger came to Xavier after spending two seasons as an assistant under Joe Bonner at Youngstown State University. She worked with all aspects of the team including managing the outside attackers, breaking down film, recruiting, academics, travel plans and several other aspects as well.
Before her time at Youngstown State, Pfeffenberger served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Dayton, under former head coach Tim Horsman. She was a part of the UD staff for the 2005 season and helped with recruiting, scouting, academics and practice plans in addition to assisting during UD's summer camps.
Pfeffenberger has also served in several other capacities within the volleyball community including as a summer and winter volleyball camp coach, an individual instructor, as a certified junior national volleyball referee and as a Junior Olympic volleyball coach.
During her collegiate career at Dayton, Pfeffenberger garnered several Atlantic 10 and national accolades in addition to participating on two NCAA Tournament teams. She was named the A-10 Player of the Year in 2004 and earned AVCA All-American honors that year as well. Pfeffenberger was named to the CoSIDA District IV All-American Third Team and also garnered A-10 Academic All-Conference accolades in 2004 as well. She is a 2005 graduate from UD with a bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in physical education and allied health.
Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., the former Christy Utnage was married to Nick Pfeffenberger during the summer of 2010 and the couple now resides in Deer Park, a suburb of Cincinnati.