Angie Oxley Behrens | Assistant Coach
A former national champion and four-year starter at the University of Nebraska, Angie Oxley Behrens returns for her 14th season as an assistant coach at Creighton. An original member of Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s staff, she is the longest-tenured assistant coach in program history.
Behrens works closely with Creighton’s outside hitters, while also assisting with scouting and recruiting. Behrens also helps organize Creighton’s volleyball camps.
The Bluejays have spent parts of each of the last four seasons ranked in the Top 25, continuing an upward trend. CU’s 2015 team finished the fall ranked No. 19 nationally, the best mark in program history. The last 13 years have seen the Creighton team compile its top 10 single-season kill totals all-time, as well as the top six individual single-season marks that were set by Jaali Winters, Leah Ratzlaff (3x), Alicia Runge and Kelly Goc.
Behrens has trained six outside hitters to all-conference honors, including Leah Ratzlaff (2004, 2005), Amanda Cvejdlik (2008), Melanie Jereb (2012), Leah McNary (2013), Jess Bird (2014, 2015) and Jaali Winters (2015). Winters was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA Third Team All-American and Creighton’s Female Athlete of the Year after a school-record 546 kills in 2015.
Behrens has seen Creighton go 262-146 in her 13 seasons on the bench, including NCAA Tournament wins in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
While at NU, Behrens won three Big 12 titles, was named 1997 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was chosen as the University’s female student-athlete of the year in 2001 after leading the Cornhuskers to a 34-0 mark and national title in the fall of 2000 as a senior.
She closed her career as the NU’s all-time digs leader with 1,086.
In the classroom, Behrens was a Chancellor’s Scholar and four-time Highest Honors Distinction Medal honoree. She also was a four-year academic All-Big 12 selection, a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and one of 10 finalists for the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year. She was also a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Golden Key, 2000 Homecoming Royalty Court and the Dean’s List.
Behrens and her husband, Matt, were married in 2006. The couple resides in Lincoln with their two kids, Logan (6) and Hattie (3).
Ryan Meek | Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Ryan Meek is in his first year at Creighton as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after spending the last five seasons as head coach at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he helped the Warriors to a 110-64 record.
The Warriors went 29-9 overall in 2015 as Meek was named the National Coach of the Year at the Division III level by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, after helping Hendrix to the national semifinals. He also earned Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row after winning back-to-back regular season and conference tournament titles. His 2015 squad finished with a No. 8 ranking in the AVCA Top 25 Division III poll. Hendrix finished second in the nation in attacks, third in digs, fifth in assists, sixth in kills and 12th in total blocks.
In 2014, the Warriors set a program record with a 31-6 record and won their first SAA regular season and tournament titles. Meek’s squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with 43 votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll. He earned SAA Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. The 2014 Hendrix team finished 10th in the nation in kills, 14th in hitting percentage, 16th in blocks and 17th in assists per set.
In 2013, Meek guided the Warriors to their first winning season with a school-best 20-12 record. Hendrix also finished tied for third place in conference and advanced to the SAA Tournament finals.
In his time at Hendrix, Meek coached one AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, two SAA Newcomers of the Year, nine all-conference first team selections, six second teamers and four honorable mention women.
Prior to joining the Warrior staff, Meek spent two seasons at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. He was the top assistant for the Lions and was named interim head coach in February 2011. While at MSSU, Meek helped the Lions to their first regional ranking since 2006 and he coached four All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association players.
Meek served as a volunteer assistant for the University of Arkansas from January 2007-July 2008 where he coached one All-Southeastern Conference selection and an All-SEC Freshman Team performer.
From 2004-06, Meek was the head girls varsity coach and assistant boys coach for Simi Valley High School in California. He led the SVHS girls to three consecutive top five regional rankings and the state playoffs for the first time in school history. The boy’s squad received a national ranking and Meek coached 10 future collegiate players.
Meek was the starting setter for Quincy University in 2003, where he led the Hawks in assists and finished third in the league in assists per set. In 2002, Meek led Moorpark College and the state of California in assists, setting Moorpark’s single-season assists record.
Meek was a three-year letterman at opposite and outside hitter at Simi Valley High School. He led the team in kills and digs for two seasons and helped SVHS to a top 10 national ranking as a senior in 2000.
Meek received his B.A. in Public Administration from Arkansas in 2008.