Pfeffenberger Named Xavier Volleyball Associate Head Coach
Feb. 26, 2014
"Christy is a home run, slam dunk hire. She possesses everything I was looking for. She is strong, trustworthy and loyal," said Johnson. "Having been here before, Christy understands the nuances of our system, has a great relationship with many of our players, and understands deeply what it means to win the Xavier Way. We are thrilled to welcome her and her family back to Cincinnati!"
Pfeffenberger spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Musketeers from the 2008-2010 seasons before being named associate head coach. She then accepted a position as assistant coach at Notre Dame, where she spent the past three seasons.
"I would like to thank Mike Johnson and the administration at Xavier for this opportunity to return," said Pfeffenberger. "I have learned a lot over the past three years and I am excited to bring that back to help the Xavier program reach its goals."
During the last three seasons at Notre Dame, Pfeffenberger mentored the outside hitters, but also spent time working with both the right sides and middle blockers. She also helped coordinate the Irish's defense.
After the 2012 season, Pfeffenberger was included on the American Volleyball Coaches Associations Thirty Under 30 list for the second time in her career. She previously garnered the honor as an assistant at Xavier in 2009.
Xavier amassed a 56-37 overall record during Pfeffenberger's previous stint at Xavier. In her only season on Johnson's staff, XU put together a 20-10 campaign with runner-up finishes in both the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament.
Pfeffenberger spent two seasons at Youngstown State prior to originally joining Xavier in 2008, and before then coached for one season at Dayton.
The former Christy Utnage graduated from Dayton in 2005 after a four-year playing career with the Flyers. She was the 2004 A-10 Player of the Year and earned AVCA All-American honors. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also earned numerous academic awards during her career.
Pfeffenberger replaces Kirsta Cobb, who accepted the head coaching position at Ohio Wesleyan. Pfeffenberger and her husband Nick have one daughter, Caroline, born in September 2012.