BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Geoff Carlston- Ohio State
Carolyn Condit- Miami of Ohio
Christy Pfeffenberger- Xavier
Evelyn Carus- Wittenberg
With the 2018 season in the books, Geoff Carlston wrapped up his 11th year as Ohio State’s head coach. He took the reins of the women’s volleyball program on Feb. 5, 2008 and is the fifth head coach of the Buckeyes in the 47-year history of the program.
Carlston concluded the 2018 campaign with a career winning percentage of .656 in 16 years as a Division-I head coach, racking up 364 victories compared to just 174 defeats. His squads have averaged over 23 wins per season and he owns 12 years of 20 or more victories. Carlston started his head coaching career at Division-II Concordia University, St. Paul in Minnesota, where he accumulated 49 victories in three seasons.
The native Minnesotan has made his mark in the state of Ohio, guiding the Bobcats of Ohio University and the Buckeyes to a combined 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. Carlston has directed Ohio State to the NCAA `Sweet 16′ five times since 2010, one of just 11 schools in the country to accomplish that feat. The Buckeyes rattled off three consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals from 2014-16.
Miami of Ohio
Having led the RedHawks to back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships, Carolyn Condit enters the 2018 season, her 35th at Miami, as the ninth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I volleyball and the 25th winningest coach of all-time.
Also owning more victories than any coach in the history of the Miami Athletic Department, Condit holds a 610-458 record over 34 seasons in charge of the Red and White. She became the first RedHawk to earn her 600th victory as a Miami coach with a 3-1 victory over Central Michigan on Oct. 13, 2017. Including her four seasons in charge of Xavier, Condit has over 700 wins, holding a career record of 709-536. She earned her 700th career victory on Oct. 14, 2017 with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Michigan. Condit is the only volleyball coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference to win over 300 league matches, holding a conference mark of 330-203.
Under Condit’s leadership, Miami has won eight MAC Championships, including each of the past two seasons. Last year the RedHawks were 23-9 and were co-MAC Regular Season champions. They went on to win the MAC Tournament title for the first since 2007, defeating Western Michigan in the championship match. In 2016, Miami finished 24-7 and was co-MAC Regular Season champions with a 15-1 league record. After reaching the MAC Tournament Championship match, Miami earned its fourth-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it took a set off of Pac-12 member Oregon before dropping a 1-3 decision.
Last season was the fourth straight 20-plus win season for Miami under Coach Condit. In 2015, the RedHawks finished 21-10 overall and were third in the MAC with a 12-4 record, advancing to the MAC Tournament Semifinals. That included a 3-0 victory over then 19th-ranked Michigan State. In 2014, Miami also was 21-10 overall and 12-4 in the MAC. It advanced all the way to the MAC Tournament Championship before dropping a heartbreaking fifth set by the score of 13-15.
The RedHawks have boasted amazing success under Condit’s direction. She credits excellent assistant coaches, solid recruiting and a consistent effort towards scheduling high RPI opponents for the steady upgrade of the program. To go with her eight league championships, the five-time MAC Coach-of-the-Year has nine NCAA Tournament appearances and five MAC Player-of-the-Year awards to her credit. That includes Olivia Rusek just last season in 2017.
As one of the most prolific coaches in the MAC, Condit and her staff continue their quest to keep Miami among the elite programs in the conference and region both athletically and in the classroom. Under Condit, 37 athletes have earned a total of 79 All-MAC awards for their play on the court, while 39 athletes have earned a combined 62 All-MAC academic honors (now called Distinguished Scholar Athletes) for their performance in the classroom. Seven of her student-athletes have been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and seven of her players (out of eight volleyball players all-time) have earned induction into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame.
Xavier University Athletic Director Greg Christopher announced the hiring of Christy Pfeffenberger (Peff-IN-berger) as head volleyball coach in January of 2015.
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.
All told, Pfeffenberger has 12 years of Division I coaching experience as either an assistant coach, associate head coach or head coach. She also had coaching stints at Dayton (2005) and Youngstown State (2006-07).
In seven of her 10 years as an assistant/associate head coach, she helped her teams capture winning seasons – including trips to the NCAA Tournament in both 2005 and 2012. Pfeffenberger also helped teams win 20 or more matches in a season on five occasions.
Pfeffenberger played collegiately at Dayton from 2000-04, where she participated in two NCAA Tournaments and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2004. She was also tabbed an AVCA All-American in 2004 and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team.
Evelyn Carus joined the coaching staff for Wittenberg women’s volleyball in in March 2016 after spending a year as an assistant coach at Alma College.
Alma College (2015-2016)
Wittenberg University (2016-present)
- In her first season as Head Coach of the women’s volleyball team, the team recorded an impressive 25-3 record (8-0 in NCAC-play) en route to being crowned 2018 NCAC Champions.
- Named NCAC Coach of the Year in 2018.
- 2018 featured four players given All-American honors. Bringing in second-team recognition was Aubrey Cox and Karen Wildemann, as well as Kennedey Schmidt and Taylor Yontz being awarded honorable mention.
- Under Carus’ tutelage five members would go on to earn All-NCAC honors, including two first-team honorees (Aubrey Cox, Karen Wildemann). Making the All-NCAC second-team list for Wittenberg was Kennedey Schmidt, and honorable mention recognition was given to Taylor Yontz and Haley Horner.
- Additionally, Wittenberg’s libero, Taylor Yontz, was given NCAC Libero of the Year honors.
- While consistently maintaining a national ranking within the top-5, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Regional before falling in a tough fought five-set match to Calvin College.
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