Angie Oxley Behrens | Assistant Coach
A former national champion and four-year starter at the University of Nebraska, Angie Oxley Behrens returns for her 15th 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 assisting with scouting and recruiting. Behrens also helps organize Creighton’s volleyball camps.
The Bluejays have spent parts of each of the last five seasons ranked in the Top 25, including last year’s season-ending No. 9 ranking. The last 14 years have seen the Creighton team compile its top 10 single-season kill totals all-time, as well as the top seven individual single-season marks that were set by Jaali Winters (2x), Leah Ratzlaff (3x), Alicia Runge and Kelly Goc.
Behrens has trained seven outside hitters to all-conference honors, including Leah Ratzlaff (2004, 2005), Amanda Cvejdlik (2008), Melanie Jereb (2012), Leah McNary (2013), Jess Bird (2014, 2015), Jaali Winters (2015, 2016) and Taryn Kloth (2016). 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. Both Winters and Kloth earned PrepVolleyball.com All-America acclaim in 2016.
Behrens has seen Creighton go 291-153 in her 14 seasons on the bench, including NCAA Tournament wins in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 (2) and 2016 (3).
While at Nebraska, 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 (7) and Hattie (4).
Craig Dyer | Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Craig Dyer has been named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Creighton Volleyball program, head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth announced on February 16, 2018. Dyer comes to Creighton after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State.
"My family and I are very excited about this opportunity," said Dyer. "Throughout this process, it has been clear to me that Creighton Athletics is committed to Kirsten and the volleyball program. I am looking forward to joining the staff and helping the team to continue their perennial success in the BIG EAST conference as well as on the national stage."
Dyer served as an assistant coach the past two seasons at Penn State, during which time the Nittany Lions went 57-12 and shared a Big Ten title in 2017. PSU reached the National Semifinals in 2017 after being Regional Semifinalists in 2016. Dyer assisted with all recruiting activities in addition to video analysis and scouting report preparation of all opponents.
Dyer served as the program's defensive coordinator in 2016 and worked primarily with PSU's outside hitters in 2017. He trained a pair of All-Americans on the outside in 2017, including Big Ten Player of the Year Simone Lee.
"I think this is a home-run hire," said Booth. "Craig has been part of building two programs at Marquette and Pittsburgh, and then one of the perennial powers in the country at Penn State. Everyone that I talked to that he's worked with just rave about him as a coach, as a recruiter and most importantly as a person. We're excited not only for Craig to arrive, but also his two little boys and his wife Jen who is a former volleyball player. This is a family that loves volleyball and we're excited to have them in Omaha at Creighton."
While at Pitt from 2013-16, Dyer served as the Panthers' assistant and associate head coach, as well as recruiting coordinator, while also working primarily with the setters and the offense. Dyer was voted among the Top 10 Women's Assistant Coaches in the collegiate game in a 2015 VolleyballMag.com poll while he was at Pitt.
Prior to Pitt, he was an assistant coach at Marquette University from 2009-12. During his tenure with the Golden Eagles, he helped Marquette to a 92-39 record, increasing single-season records for program wins from 2010-12. Dyer also guided Marquette to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011-12, mentoring a trio of AVCA All-Americans along the way.
During Dyer's first tenure at Penn State from 2006-09, he helped lead the Nittany Lion men's team to an NCAA national championship title in 2008, as well as consecutive EIVA conference titles in each year. The Nittany Lions posted a 66-10 record during Dyer's time at Penn State, with seven Nittany Lions garnering AVCA All-America distinction.
Dyer also made stops as an assistant coach at Seton Hall (2002-04) and Rutgers (2002-04) after serving as a head coach at with the men's program at Susquehanna University (2000-02). Dyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Susquehanna University in 1995.
Outside of the collegiate game, Dyer spent time as an assistant coach for the 2008 Men's Junior National Team. The 2008 squad earned a bronze medal at the NORCECA World Championship Qualifier to earn a spot in the 2009 Junior World Championships. He also served as a training coach from 2006-07 and served as head coach of the Boys A2 Training Camp in 2007.
Dyer joins Angie Oxley Behrens on Booth's staff at Creighton. He replaces Ryan Meek, who last month was named head coach at High Point University. The Bluejays have advanced to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments and have won four straight BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.