About Tri-State Elite

Tri-State Elite Volleyball, the premier Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky volleyball club, provides top athletes with elite training to excel and compete at the highest level. Tri-State Elite will work with each athlete to prepare for college-level play.

Our goals are simple:

  • Offer elite training by some of the top trainers in the area
  • Develop close-knit teams and a volleyball community that our members will be proud to call home now and in the future

Practice Facility: All training and practices will take place at the Schmidt Fieldhouse at Xavier University, centrally located for many families.

Club Administration: Tri-State Elite is run by Matt Long and Kelly Crowley (please see their bios here).  Teresa Schreiver will also be instrumental in the clubs administration and communications. Our philosophy is to provide open, ongoing and consistent communication with all of our families. We will provide a clear focus and an organized and well-planned experience for your player.

Club Directors:

Matt Long

Matt has been leading volleyball athletes and teams for 15 plus years.  He has been a successful coach at each and every level along the way.  Matt has led successful varsity high school teams as well as nationally ranked club teams.  His experience includes Head Varsity coach at Beechwood High School before moving to Notre Dame Academy and assisting that program to national recognition.  Matt’s experience ranges from teaching beginning level fundamentals to the new volleyball player to managing elite level athletes training and advanced technique.  He has personally developed and trained many players that have gone on to play in college and built a wealth of networks and contacts along the way.  His hard work has led to accomplishments that include top 20 national rankings these past two seasons according to PrepVolleyball. Matt and his wife reside in Erlanger and have 3 children.

Kelly Crowley

Kelly has 12 years of training and coaching experience at the high school and elite club level.  Most recently, he was the head coach of the nationally-ranked 17 Orange team at Team Z Volleyball Club.  His accomplishments include medaling in 2004 at USAV Nationals and qualifying in 15 Open with his 2005 15 Navy (2nd team) team that finished top 20 nationally. In 2006, his 15 Orange team finished 3rd at the JVDA National Championships. The past 4 seasons, he has coached teams to top 20 finishes at AAU Nationals in the 16 and 17 Open levels.  He and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of two daughters.

Together, Matt and Kelly have coached 40+ athletes that have played, are currently playing or are preparing to compete in Division 1 college volleyball. The list of programs include Penn State, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Kentucky, LSU, Xavier, Cincinnati, Morehead State, Saint Louis, Evansville, Western Kentucky, DePaul, Cleveland State, Rutgers, Wright State, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and others.

Coaching Director

Kevin Lucas - Kevin has 14 years of coaching experience at elite high schools and clubs.  Currently the head coach at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, the Bulldogs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the state.  He spent 10 years as an assistant coach at St. Ursula, during this time won two state championships in 2001 and 2003 and the 2003 Prepvolleyball.com National Championship.  He was also an assistant coach at St. Xavier High School from 2002-2005, going to three final fours and winning one state championship in 2003.  Kevin led Miami University Women’s Club team to a #1 national ranking and named NIRSA and Miami University Club Sports Coach of the Year in 2005. His experience also includes Ohio Valley Region USAV High Performance team coaching in 2008. From 2005-2013, he coached at the 18 Open level for both Cincinnati Attack and Cincy Classics, leading two teams to top 3 finishes at USA Nationals and two others to top 10 finishes.