Christy Pfeffenberger (Peff-IN-berger) just wrapped up her eighth year as head coach of the Musketeers. This past season, the team went 21-12 overall and 11-7 in the Big East, finishing 3rd. They played in the postseason NIVC tournament and captured the first postseason win in Xavier Volleyball history. In her eight seasons as head coach, Pfeffenberger has helped the team compile a 111-117 overall record and 71-61 record in the Big East.
The Indianapolis, Ind., native was hired as Xavier’s associate head coach in March of 2014 following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Notre Dame. With the Fighting Irish, she helped mentor two AVCA All-Americans and three all-conference players, while recruiting the nation’s No. 16 ranked recruiting class in 2014. She was previously on the Xavier staff from 2008-10.
Associate Head Coach
Ed Tolentino was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the Fall 2017 and will be heading into his eighth season with the Musketeers. Tolentino brings 20+ years of coaching experience to the staff. His most previous stints includes one year at University of Connecticut where two players earn all-conference honors, two years at Morehead State, and three years at Georgia Tech where three players earned AVCA All-American honors. Tolentino has also coached at the club level, where he was the master trainer for Premier Volleyball Academy in Maumee, OH and M-Juniors in Ann Arbor, MI.
Coach Tolentino is currently a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and has presented several topics at the AVCA Convention. Tolentino has also been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Andre Foster was hired as an assistant volleyball coach in August of 2022. He joins the Musketeers after a one-year stint at Purdue Fort Wayne as a graduate assistant.
In 2021, Foster assisted in coaching Katie Crowe to the All-Horizon League Second Team. He also served as the head coach for Empowered Volleyball Academy in 2021.
Prior to working in Fort Wayne, Foster was a volunteer assistant coach at UC Davis from 2020-21. He also served as the head coach for OMNI Volleyball Club in 2020-21.
Foster played collegiately at the University of Charleston (2015-17), Mount Ida College (2017-18) and Nichols College (2018-20).
Camp registration coordinator
Mallory Bechtold was the Graduate Assistant for the Xavier Volleyball staff during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. This is her second year as the Camp Registration Coordinator for Xavier Volleyball Camps.
Bechtold brings experience to the Musketeers after coaching high school volleyball at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati and then, club at Tri State Elite Volleyball. She will be returning to the Ursuline Academy Volleyball staff as a Varsity Assistant in Fall 2023.