Jennifer Carey Joins Cal Volleyball as Director of Operations
June 5, 2009
BERKELEY - The California volleyball program has hired Jennifer Carey as its new Director of Volleyball Operations. Carey, a former award-winning standout setter at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa was brought on board on Feb. 5, 2009, and will be responsible for planning team travel and maintaining the program's budget while serving as the liaison between with the academic, financial aid, and business offices.
'Jenn Carey was a great hire for our program,' said head coach Rich Feller. 'She brings a great deal of experience as a player, a coach, and as a director of volleyball operations.'
Prior to arriving at Cal, Carey was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Working primarily as the offensive coordinator, she helped guide the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back 20-win seasons with a 21-10 record in 2008. Carey was responsible for developing scouting reports and game-day offensive play sets as well as the technical development of outside hitters and middle blockers.
In addition to her coaching duties at Georgia Tech, Carey provided direction as a recruiter, travel coordinator and as an assistant camp director. During her tenure, her efforts helped the Yellow Jacket program raise over $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a part of Dig for the Cure.
Carey arrived at Georgia Tech by way of Texas A&M, where she was the director of volleyball operations from 2005-06. During her time in College Station, Texas, she also worked as the tournament director for the 2005 NCAA College Station Regional and other home tournaments for the Aggies.
While living in College Station, Carey served as the head coach of the Brazos Valley Volleyball Club from 2005-06 and led her squad to a 27-2 record over two seasons. Her coaching experience extends further as she held a post as head coach for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club in Lake Forest, Calif. where she guided the team to a 32-3 record from 2004-05.
In 1999, Carey was the starting setter for the Rainbow Wahine as a freshman where she earned All-Western Athletic Conference second-team honors. She helped lead Hawai'i to a 29-2 record, an NCAA regional semifinal appearance and a No. 8 AVCA final ranking in her first season. In her four-year career, Carey took the Rainbow Wahine to two NCAA national semifinal appearances, two No. 3 rankings, and a 123-12 record. She earned All-WAC second team honors three times and finished her career ranked fourth all-time for Hawai'i with 3,540 assists. Carey was also selected to the WAC All-Academic team in each of her four years with the Rainbow Wahine.
Carey's first collegiate match was a 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-5) win against Cal on Sept. 1, 1999, at the Recreational Sports Facility in Berkeley, Calif. She had 33 assists to go along with 12 digs and three kills on five attacks. The match was also the first at Cal for head coach Rich Feller and assistant coach Chris Bigelow.
Carey graduated from Hawai'i with a degree in business administration in marketing in 2003. She then worked as a sales and marketing executive for KHNL and K5 Television in Honolulu before leaving the islands to play professionally in the fall of 2004 with Brandenburg VCO in Berlin, Germany. Carey currently resides in Oakland, Calif.
'I'm very excited to have the opportunity to not only work with a Pac-10 conference school, but with a national top-10 program,' said Carey. 'I feel that my experience working in collegiate athletics provides me with a good base to help the Cal volleyball program reach new heights.'
The Golden Bears received the No. 6 ranking in the final Bison/AVCA poll, after completing the 2008 season with the best record in school history at 26-7 (.788). Cal also recorded a program-best 13 victories in conference play (defeating every team at least once for the first time in school history) and finished third in the Pac-10 (13-5).
The Bears advanced to the NCAA regional final for the second consecutive year where they fell to eventual NCAA champion, top-seeded Penn State in the University Park region. Cal set school records with new marks for winning streaks by claiming 29 consecutive sets without a loss and winning 16 straight home matches.