Jan. 27, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo has announced the hiring of Dallas, Texas, native, Kris Zeiter as assistant coach. Zeiter comes to Oklahoma after six seasons as the head coach at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.
“We are very excited to have Kris join our volleyball staff,” Restrepo said. “He’s going to make an immediate impact here. He’s a great coach and well-respected within the volleyball community. He has incredible experience as a head coach which adds value to our program.”
Zeiter put his name in the Seton Hall record books in his first season, guiding the Pirates to a 16-14 record, the most wins for a first-year head coach in school history. The Pirates posted a 16-12 mark in 2007, the best season for the program since 2003. The 2006 and 2007 seasons were also the first back-to-back winning seasons for Seton Hall in a decade.
Seton Hall made its first BIG EAST Championship appearance in 2009, the program’s first since 1994, and in 2010, tied a school record with seven conference wins and advanced to yet another BIG EAST Championship. The 2011 team made it three straight BIG EAST Championship appearances and eclipsed the 2010 mark of seven conference wins with eight.
In six seasons at the Hall, Zeiter coached five All-BIG EAST performers, including two-time honoree Megan Matusiak. Matusiak and 2010 selection Sarah Osmun rank as the top two in kills all-time for the Pirates. Allie Matters, a 2008 honoree, is the school’s all-time digs leader. Shelbey Manthorpe earned all-conference honors in 2011.
Zeiter was the head coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., from 2004-06. He led the Gaels to a 14-4 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the team’s first NCAA Championship appearance after winning the 2004 MAAC Championship. He coached four all-conference selections and four “of the Year” honorees while at Iona.
Zeiter served as head women’s coach (1999-2004), men’s assistant coach (1999-2003) and sports information director (2000-04) at his alma mater, Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y. The women’s team reached the NYCAC playoffs each of his five seasons.
A 1998 Concordia graduate, Zeiter received his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and was a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Clippers after playing at Park College in Kansas City, Mo., during the 1993-94 academic year.
“I’ve known Santiago since I was a player at Concordia, and the opportunity to work with him is exciting,” Zeiter said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a nationally-prominent program, and thankful to Santiago and his staff for welcoming me.”