SCOTT MATTERA is entering his third season as volleyball head coach at Our Lady of the Lake University.
During his first year at the helm, Mattera led the Saints to a 19-7 overall record and 8-4 mark in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. OLLU advanced to the finals of the RRAC Tournament and lost to Huston-Tillotson University in a thrilling five-set match to conclude the 2019 season.
In his second season, Mattera led his team to a conference regular season and tournament title, and the team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament First Round. They completed the overall season with an 11-4 record and a 6-0 conference record.
Both of his teams earned NAIA Scholar Team awards.
Mattera comes to OLLU from an assistant coach position at Bellevue University following a successful career as both a head coach and assistant coach in the NAIA, as well as in the high school and club ranks. He has also spent time as a volunteer assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Mattera spent six seasons as the head coach at Concordia University-Nebraska from 2012-2017, helping the Bulldogs advance to the program's first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2015 while earning Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. Below are Mattera's coaching highlights at Concordia.
His achievements at Concordia include: a record of 97-94; Inherited program coming off four straight seasons of 11 wins or less and steadily built it to national prominence; Reached national tournament for first time in school history in 2015; Named Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2015; Achieved top 25 national ranking in 2015 and the start of 2016; Mentored three honorable mention All-Americans and numerous all-conference performers; 44 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in six seasons, team GPA above 3.5 each year, AVCA Team Academic Award all six seasons
Mattera came to Concordia after serving as the top assistant coach at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. He helped guide the Cavaliers to a 25-14 record in 2011 and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. In addition to coaching at Montreat, Mattera assisted with game management and taught in the sport management department.
Prior to Montreat, Mattera was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Toledo during the 2010 season. During his one season with the Lady Rockets, Toledo upset the University of Michigan as well as Creighton. Mattera also helped guide the Lady Rockers to a straight-set upset over top-seeded Ball State in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Mattera's administrative background includes being the owner and general manager of Synergy Sports and Fitness of Toledo, a 60,000 square foot volleyball and fitness facility, from 2004-06.
Mattera holds a decorated coaching history in the Ohio high school ranks. He began his career in 2002 as the JV coach of St. Ursula Academy. In two years, he compiled a record of 44-3, winning back-to-back city championships. After taking a year off to open Synergy Sports and Fitness, Mattera returned to high school coaching as the head coach at Notre Dame Academy from 2005-10. In just his second year with the Notre Dame Academy, the Eagles knocked off St. Ursula, ending their 139-match winning streak.
Notre Dame Academy went on to win back-to-back city championships in 2007 and 2008 and won the district in 2007, the first in school history. Mattera was awarded the City League and District Coach of the Year in 2006 & 2007, and his teams were consistently ranked both in state and national polls. During his time at Notre Dame Academy, the Eagles produced five Division-1 college athletes, in addition to numerous D2, D3, NAIA, and NJCAA recruits.
Mattera earned his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Toledo in 2001, graduating with honors while also playing for the men's club volleyball team. He earned a master's degree in liberal studies with a focus on the sociology of sport, also from Toledo.
He currently owns and operates Innovation Volleyball, a training and consulting company.
KRYSTAL PUENTE joined the Saints coaching staff in August of 2019. While at Incarnate Word High School, she was a four-year varsity player and received All-State, All-District and All-Area honors, as well as High Honor Roll recognition.
At Arkansas State, Puente studied biology and business administration from 2014-2015. She was the team's setter.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University - Kingsville.
Currently, she is a licensed realtor at Texas Elite Real Estate. She is a certified referee and club director at San Antonio Elite Volleyball.
Raul Bernal returned to the Saints volleyball coaching staff in the fall of 2021. He was an assistant coach for the Saints in the 2008-2009 season.
Bernal is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Brackenridge High School. He is pursuing a graduate degree in exercise science.
He currently works as a Special Education teacher for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio. He has been a USA Volleyball Coach for the last 24 years. In addition, Bernal has been a USA CAP II Coach, a USA Volleyball Certified Regional Official and a USA High-Performance Coach for six years.
He cites his favorite quote as "Faith is to believe what you cannot see; the reward of that faith is to see what you believe." Bernal's athletic role model is Jon Wooden.
Jesse Esparza is entering his third season with the Saints.
In his first season, the Saints finished with a 19-7 overall record and an appearance in the Red River Athletic Conference championship match.
In Esparza’s second season, he helped guide the Saints to an 11-4 overall record and an undefeated regular season in conference play. They finished the season as Red River Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions on their way to an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
Esparza earned his bachelor’s degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and disease control from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018. He also earned both a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2020.
Analisa Fernandez is a sophomore majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is entering her second year as manager. A native of San Antonio, Fernandez is a graduate of William J. Brennan High School. Other bio information is as follows:
Birthday: May 21
Athletic Honors Received at Previous School: First-Team Academic All-District Volleyball (2016-2020)
Academic and Athletic Honors received at OLLU: Presidential Excellence Scholarship, Volleyball Athletic Scholarship, Outstanding Future Teacher Award, Raise Your Hand Texas Charles Butt Teaching Scholarship
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, going to the river and singing
Favorite Motto: "Everything happens for a reason."
Athletic Role Model: Simone Biles