Story Courtesy of UNCG Athletics Communications
GREENSBORO, N.C. –Corey Carlin has been named the head coach of the UNCG volleyball Director of Athletics Kim Record announced Wednesday. Carlin, who owns 15 total years of collegiate volleyball coaching experience, including two seasons as the head coach at Austin Peay, is the fifth head coach in program history.
“We are excited to welcome Corey Carlin to the UNCG family,” Record said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge as a collegiate coach for 15 years. His winning experiences at strong mid-major programs will be an asset to our volleyball program at UNCG. He has a passion for volleyball and his enthusiasm will pay dividends for our program.”
Carlin has spent the previous four years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater Ball State. During the 2013 season, Carlin helped lead Ball State to a 24-8 overall record which included a five-set win over eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Ohio on the road. The Cardinals finished the season ranked 64th in the RPI and placed a league-high five players on the All-Mid-American Conference Teams – including three on the First Team.
“First, I would like to thank Kim Record, Stacy Kosciak and all of those involved in the hiring process for this terrific opportunity,” Carlin said. “From my first interaction, the passion for this program to reach new heights was evident from everyone I spoke to. I feel blessed to come into a program that has a good tradition. They have won more than they’ve lost over the past 10 years so the challenge isn’t rebuilding as much as elevating the program to a higher level, which is competing for SoCon championships. With the recent movement of teams within the conference, the league is wide open. That provides us with a tremendous opportunity to establish a new level of how we compete and what we are about.”
In his first season on the Ball State bench, Carlin helped guide the Cardinals to the program's eighth Mid-American Conference regular season championship and a 24-5 (14-2 MAC) record in 2010. BSU's .828 winning percentage was the third-best in program history and ranked 17th in the nation among the 328 NCAA Division I Programs.
He helped guide four players to All-MAC accolades in 2010, with Alyssa Rio and Kelsey Brandl earning All-MAC First Team and Brittany McGinnis and Whitney Heeres garnering All-MAC Second Team honors.
In 2011, Carlin helped coach the Cardinals back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2002 season as Ball State earned the program's second-ever at-large bid into the 64-team event. BSU finished the season with a 25-8 (12-4 MAC) record and ranked 36th in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings among the 327 NCAA Division I programs. Ball State also received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches poll for the first time since the 1995 season.
“Working with some great coaches in the past, I’ve learned invaluable lessons on running a competitive Division I program the right way,” Carlin said. “Most recently, the opportunity working with arguably the best technical trainer in the country in Steve Shondell has taught me the importance of ball control. The focus and detail spent on developing high level and consistent ball control was the main reason Ball State has had so much success in recent years. That proven model of training will be our goal at UNCG. Being the best ball control team in the SoCon is what we want to be known for.”
Carlin also assisted in mentoring a school-record four student-athletes to All-MAC First Team accolades during the 2011 season, with Brandl, Jennifer Boyd, Kara Bates and Catie Fredrich all picking up the honor. Boyd would go on to earn Academic All-MAC honors, while Bates was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team marking BSU's first all-tournament selection since the 2005 season.
In 2012, Carlin helped Bates pick up her second consecutive All-MAC First Team honor, while senior transfer Lisa Scott also earned a spot on the league’s top squad. In addition, freshman Jenna Spadafora earned recognition on the MAC All-Freshman Team.
Prior to joining the Ball State staff, Carlin spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University where he was involved with all duties of daily operations for the program, including serving as the primary recruiter and overseeing academic progress. In 2009, Carlin helped coach Lauren Snyder and Abby O'Connor to Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, with Snyder also earning OVC All-Newcomer Team accolades. The program also finished the 2009-10 academic year with a 3.37 grade-point average, which was the second-highest average among all EKU athletic teams.
Prior to joining the Eastern Kentucky staff for the 2008 season, Carlin spent five years at Austin Peay, including serving as the program's head coach for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As the Governors' head coach, Carlin helped the program achieve a perfect NCAA Academic Progress Rate for the 2005-06 season, while administering all aspects of the program.
In his final season as head coach, Carlin tutored Dodi Szymsha to OVC All-Newcomer Team accolades. His team established top 10 statistical marks in seven categories in the Austin Peay record books his first season, including top five efforts in total blocks and blocks per game.
Carlin's first collegiate coaching break came in 1998, when he was named the first assistant at Tarleton State University. After two seasons with the TexAnns, Carlin was named the top assistant coach at Evansville, where he spent 2000 and 2001. Carlin also served as the director of the MidSouth Volleyball Academy from 2004-2008 after co-founding the club.
From 1996-1998, Carlin was the head coach of the Ball State University men's club team, where he helped guide the program to a 22-10 record in his final season, including a second-place finish at the prestigious Michigan State Men's Club Volleyball Spring Tournament.
Carlin earned his bachelor's degree in general studies with an emphasis in sports administration from Ball State in May of 1998. He earned his master's degree in physical education in May of 2000 from Tarleton State.
“There will be challenges, as with any position, but with the expectations, resources and support we have at UNCG those challenges can be met and overcome,” Carlin added. “I am excited about working with these young ladies and getting started. “