Carol Price-Torok → Head Coach
Carol Price-Torok was named the ninth head coach in Bradley Volleyball history in February 2016, taking over the head coaching duties at Bradley after spending the previous eight seasons at Arkansas, where she was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator the last four seasons. During her time in Fayetteville, AR, she helped the Razorbacks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to her arrival at Arkansas for the 2008 season, the Razorbacks were ranked 140 in the RPI, but climbed to 36 by her fifth season (2012) with the program and earned their first NCAA Tournament spot since 2006 to cap a 22-10 season. After a 7-23 first season in Fayetteville, AR, Price-Torok helped Arkansas improve its record in each of the next four seasons, culminating with a 13-7 SEC record and second-place West Division finish in 2012.
The Razorbacks were .500 or better in SEC play in four of her last five seasons and posted a combined 88-66 overall mark over the past five campaigns.
Individually, Arkansas produced four All-Americans, five all-region picks and eight All-SEC selections during her tenure. Price-Torok helped lure the 16th-best recruiting class in the country to Fayetteville, AR, in 2013 after the 2012 recruiting class was 26th nationally.
A 2005 graduate of Texas A&M, Price-Torok was an assistant coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Texas-San Antonio before moving to Arkansas. While with the Roadrunners, she helped guide UTSA to a 19-13 overall record during the 2006 season and mentored a pair of First-Team All-Southland Conference selections.
Price-Torok ventured into coaching upon wrapping up her collegiate career at Texas A&M, serving as an assistant coach at Southwestern University during the 2005 season. In her one season in Georgetown, TX, she helped the Pirates to the NCAA Division III Tournament and coached an all-region performer in addition to two individuals who garnered all-conference honors.
During her collegiate career, she was part of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at Texas A&M and started her final two years at outside hitter after playing middle blocker as a freshman and sophomore for the Aggies. The team’s 2003 offensive MVP, Price-Torok was selected as Big XII Player of the Week twice during her senior year and was a Second-Team Big XII Scholar-Athlete that same season. She helped the Aggies to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001 along with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003.
Off the court, she served as a student-athlete advisory committee representative at Texas A&M and also lettered for the Aggies women’s basketball team during the 2003-04 season.
Originally from Fenton, MI, Price-Torok and her husband Matt have two children: Jaxen and Kaden.
Matt Sprague → Assistant Coach
Matt Sprague is in his first season as Assistant Volleyball Coach after arriving at Bradley in July 2018 and the 2018 season will mark his fifth year of coaching at the collegiate level.
Sprague comes to The Hilltop after spending the previous year as a Recruiting Specialist at Next College Student Athlete on the heels of a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois. While in DeKalb, Ill., he helped the Huskies to a 65-27 (.707) overall record and even more impressive 43-5 (.896) mark in Mid-American Conference action.
A Ballwin, Mo., native, Sprague helped mentor an honorable mention All-American, a total of four AVCA All-Midwest Region honorees, a pair of MAC Player of the Year honorees and nine First-Team All-MAC selections during his three years at NIU.
During Sprague’s time with the Huskies, Northern Illinois won three consecutive MAC Division titles in addition to the 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament to culminate what was a 25-6 season with the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons.
Sprague ventured into the collegiate coaching realm as a volunteer assistant at Saint Louis in 2013. In his lone season with the Billikens he helped mentor SLU to a three-game overall improvement from 2012, which included a five-game improvement in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Saint Louis earned the #4 seed in the 2013 A10 Tournament after failing to make the league tournament the previous fall.
Prior to his time at Saint Louis, Sprague served as head coach of the High Performance STL Volleyball Club’s Boys 15-2 team. He led his squad to a national qualifier win in addition to assisting with the club’s Girls 18-1 squad as an assistant coach.
An outside hitter at Ball State, Sprague was a two-time team captain for the Cardinals and concluded his collegiate career with 454 kills and 339 digs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2010. Sprague and his wife Rachel have a one-year old daughter Mya.
Jon Wong → Assistant Coach
No stranger to the Midwest, Florida native Jon Wong joined the Bradley Volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach in August 2016.
A 2012 graduate of Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., Wong comes to The Hilltop after spending the 2015-16 school year as the Director of Operations at Tennessee, where he helped the Volunteers to a 21-12 record last fall. In addition to handling team travel, Wong served as Tennessee’s video coordinator and camp director.
Wong was a four-year letterwinner at Lindenwood and the setter/defensive specialist/libero was part of the Lions’ 2009 NAIA National Championship in addition to a pair of conference championship squads. He earned degrees in athletic training and exercise science from Lindenwood, before going on to earn a master’s in Sport & Fitness Studies from Florida International in 2014.
While a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Florida International, Wong worked primarily with the football, track and field and volleyball programs. Following his work at Florida International, he relocated to Tampa, Fla., for the 2014-15 school year, where he was a volunteer assistant coach at South Florida.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Wong has coached at multiple volleyball clubs and academies throughout his career. Most recently, he worked with USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team as a technical coordinator during the team’s tour of China.
Wong, who served as assistant coach with the Florida Wave of the Premier Volleyball League, also coached at the K2 Volleyball Club in Knoxville, Tenn., last year and numerous club teams in his home state of Florida including Tampa Bay One Volleyball Club in Tampa, Fla., and the Rita Crockett Volleyball Academy in Miami. In addition he coached Team Florida High Performance in the international youth division, with his squad earning a silver in 2015 and winning gold in the 2016 event.
Niatha Cullen → Assistant Coach/Beach Coordinator
A native of Chana, Illinois, Niatha Cullen was most recently the assistant beach volleyball coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham, after spending three years as a graduate assistant for indoor and beach volleyball at Stetson University in Deland, FLA.
In Cullen's first year as the assistant coach, she helped UAB reach new heights as the Blazers won their first match over a nationally-ranked team in school history and earned votes in the AVCA Top 20 for the first time ever.
During her three years in Deland, Fla., Stetson emerged as one of the nation’s top beach programs and was selected as one of eight participants in the first ever NCAA National Championship Tournament in 2016.
The Hatters won the Atlantic Sun Conference all three years that Cullen was on staff and played to an overall record of 70-28 under her watch. Her accolades include helping Stetson’s No. 1 team play to an overall record of 32-3 in 2016 and earn All-America recognition.
Cullen earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Jacksonville University, where she played both indoor and beach volleyball. From 2010-12 she played indoor and beach, but focused solely on beach for her final two years at JU.
Camp coaches will include former and current Braves, as well as college and club coaches from around the country.