Matt Linebarger assumed the role of Club Director in 2011. Linebarger has over two decades of successful coaching experience at the collegiate and club ranks.
Under Linebarger the club has grown from 11 teams that competed regionally to 26 teams with many traveling and competing nationally. Those teams have seen success at the national level with numerous top ten finishes. In addition to the teams success players have garnered individual attention from USA Volleyball’s High Performance Program which is the pipeline to the women’s national team (look under the history tab to see both the team and individual recognition by year). Linebarger has also played a key role in assisting over 40 athletes to continue their playing careers at the college level.
Prior to becoming the Club Director, Linebarger served as an assistant coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While at SCAD, Linebarger coached a number of talented student-athletes. SCAD players collected eight all-conference titles to go along with a pair of All-Region selections.
Linebarger came to SCAD after serving as the head coach at Millsaps College, a NCAA Division III program located in Jackson, Mississippi.
During his coaching tenure, Linebarger has worked for some of the top coaches in the game. He got his start as an undergraduate assistant at Florida State University under Dr. Cecile Reynaud, who ranks 25th all-time in NCAA history with 635 victories. Also on staff was Sue Woodstra who has coached with the USA National Team as well as Arizona State University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Linebarger received his bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Florida State University in 2002 and his master's degree in Exercise Science from University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2005.
Beth and her husband Matt assumed the roles of Co-directors of Club Savannah in 2011. While Matt handled the volleyball side of the club Beth handled all operations watching the club grow from 11 teams in 2011 to 26 teams, over 250 athletes, and 30 coaches in 2019.
With the expansion of the club Beth also played a pivotal role in bringing the club into the modern era with the implementation of a new club management system that streamlines all processes for both the parents and management.
In 2015 Beth was able to bring adidas in as the official sponsor of Club Savannah outfitting all teams with shoes, uniforms, and all things volleyball. Since then adidas has become the official sponsor of USA volleyball.
In 2017, Beth formed Savannah Sports Productions which hosts the Savannah Showdown at the Savannah Convention Center. In three years Beth has aided in growing the tournament from 90 teams to an expected 140 teams in the 2020 edition of the tournament.
Beth is a two time graduate of Louisiana Tech University (go bulldogs!) earning both her Bachelors in Family and Child Studies and Masters degrees in Family and Child Development.
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Hoffman first joined Club Savannah in 2015 from Richmond, Va where he coached at the high school and club level. Since then he has moved into a more permanent role as the assistant director and recruiting coordinator with the club.
Since joining Club Savannah Hoffman has also added college coaching to his resume first in the Spring of 2017 as a volunteer assistant with Armstrong State’s program. Hoffman assisted in the running of drills and training after the merger between Armstrong State and Georgia Southern took place. For the 2018-2019 season Hoffman assisted at the College of Coastal Georgia where the team improved from 11-14 the year prior to 22-12 winning the conference tournament and advancing to the NAIA national tournament.
Hoffman’s teams with Club Savannah have seen success at the national level with his 2018 17 Adidas team finishing 9th at AAU Nationals in Orlando. His 2019 17’s team earned a bid to USAV Nationals in Indianapolis, IN winning the silver division finishing in 17th place nationally.
Since taking over as recruiting coordinator for the 2017-2018 season Hoffman has assisted in placing 17 athletes at the NCAA DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA levels respectively.
As a player Hoffman attended Nazareth College where he was part of a conference championship and a trip to the Final Four in 2010. After college Hoffman joined the Air Force where he served for six years.