Corey Carlin was named the fifth head coach in UNCG volleyball history February 12, 2014. Carlin owns 16 total years of collegiate volleyball coaching experience.
Carlin helped the Spartans earn their first back-to-back 20 win seasons in his firs two years at the helm of the UNCG program. UNCG improved upon a 20-11 2014 season, finishing 22-11, and 11-5 with a third place finish in the Southern Conference standings in 2015. After dropping the first three matches of the 2015 SoCon season, the Spartans rattled off a string of 10-straight victories, including sweeps of Western Carolina, Furman, Samford, Mercer and The Citadel twice. UNCG also had five players earn All-Southern Conference awards, including Katherine Santiago’s Libero of the Year honor and Allison Penner earning Freshman of the Year. It marks the second-straight season that UNCG has had a player earn the SoCon’s Freshman of the Year award. 2015’s Freshman of the Year, Ashley Muench, was the lone Spartan on the SoCon’s First Team, while Santiago and Jessica Brezwyn earned Second Team honors. Jasmine Jones earned recognition on the All-Freshman Team, alongside Penner. Carlin, priding his teams on ball control, ranked second in the SoCon with 17.41 digs per set, and ranking 16th in the nation in that category. The Spartans ranked in the top 50 nationally in Team Digs (40th | 2,002), Team Attacks per Set (19th | 38.04), and Opponent Hitting Percentage (28th | 0.169). Muench nabbed UNCG’s lone Player of the Week honor, earning the Offensive honor (Sept. 14). The Spartans finished the 2015 season ranked 116 in the RPI.
In his first season with the Spartan program, Carlin led UNCG to its first 20 win season since 2010 as well as an appearance in the Southern Conference tournament semifinals. The Blue and Gold finished in a tie for second place in the league standings – the team’s highest non-divisional standing since joining the SoCon. UNCG won 11 conference matches during the campaign marking the most victories in a 16-match Southern Conference format. Additionally, the Spartans were 6-2 in league road matches while completing series sweeps of four SoCon opponents in Chattanooga, Wofford, Mercer and The Citadel. Carlin guided a trio of UNCG players to all-conference recognition in 2014 as seniors Vicky Harley and Kelsey Sidney earned first and second team honors respectively while Ashley Muench was tabbed the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year – the first such accolade for the program since 1998. Stressing the desire to build a team based on ball control, Carlin delivered right away as UNCG finished atop the league rankings in digs per set and in the top 50 nationally. The team also ended up in the top four among SoCon squads in six of seven major statistical categories. Spartan players were recognized throughout the season for their consistent play as the squad garnered a total of six Southern Conference Player of the Week honors while Harley was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Month for September. Muench nabbed the Freshman of the Week accolade a SoCon-best three times (Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27). In terms of national RPI rating, UNCG checked in at a league third-best 156 representing the team’s best finish since 2010, when they were ranked 80.
Prior to his arrival in Greensboro, Carlin spent four years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater Ball State. Over his four seasons, Carlin helped the Cardinals return to championship form with one league title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Carlin helped guide the Cardinals to an 87-38 (.696) overall record, including a 45-19 (.703) mark in Mid-American Conference play. He also helped mentor Ball State’s student-athletes to 11 All-MAC First Team awards, four All-MAC Second Team accolades, two Academic All-MAC honors and one MAC All-Freshman selection during his tenure. In his first season on the Ball State bench in 2010, Carlin helped guide the Cardinals to the program’s eighth MAC Regular Season Championship and a 24-5 (14-2 MAC) record. 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 coach 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. Ball State also received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches poll for the first time since the 1995 season. Carlin helped coach a school-record four student-athletes to All-MAC First Team accolades during the 2011 season with Brandl, Jennifer Boyd, Kara Bates and Catie Fred-rich 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 after playing as both a setter and as an emergence outside as injuries decimated the Ball State attacking corp. The 2013 campaign saw the Cardinals post a 24-8 overall record and earn a share of the MAC West Division title with a 12-4 league mark. Ball State had a league-high five student-athletes earn All-MAC honors with Mindy Marx, Hayley Benson and Alex Fuelling garnering first team honors, plus Fredrich and Jacqui Seidel picking up second team accolades. Benson would also pick up Academic All-MAC accolades.
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 helped tutor Dodi Szymsha to OVC All-Newcomer Team accolades. In his first season as the program’s head coach, his team established top 10 statistical marks in seven categories in the Austin Peay record books, including top five efforts in total blocks and blocks per game. As Austin Peay’s assistant coach for the 2002-04 seasons, Carlin helped Sarah Schranmka become just the eighth First Team All-OVC selection in program history, when she earned the award in 2004. He also helped Amy Walk earn both Second Team All-OVC and All-OVC Honorable Mention accolades in 2003 and 2002, respectively.
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.
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
CJ Allard was named an assistant coach for the UNCG volleyball program in May of 2015. Allard arrives in Greensboro having graduated from Ball State University where he worked alongside Carlin. With the Spartans, Allard works primarily with the defensive unit, as well as the outside hitters and recently took over the in-game serving strategy. Allard also assists with camp coordination, manages all video analysis and exchange and assists in the day-to-day operations of the volleyball program.
In just one season, Allard helped three Spartans earn All Southern Conference honors. Under Allard’s tutelage, Katherine Santiago earned the SoCon’s Libero of the Year award, as well as helping Ashley Muench earn First Team honors and Jessica Brezwyn picking up Second Team honors.
He served as the Ball State women’s volleyball team’s manager for four seasons and was in charge of the daily setup of team practices as well as initiating drills. Allard also worked extensively with the DataVolley program in order to break down film. “We are very excited to have CJ join our volleyball staff at UNCG,” Carlin said. “Having worked directly with him in the past, our familiarity with each other and his knowledge of how we approach skill development will allow him to hit the ground running from day one. He understands and has personal experience using the same training techniques we use so he’ll be ready to contribute in the gym right away. “There are several ways that CJ will enhance our staff. He brings a great enthusiasm along with a professional demeanor and he also has experience with the video editing and statistical software we use, which is a huge plus. I am confident that CJ will be a major asset in helping this program reach our goal of winning the SoCon championship.” Allard recently finished a stint as an assistant with the Roncalli High School (Ind.) boy’s volleyball team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state, finishing with a 29-5 record, falling in a five-set match in the state championship. He was also the head coach of the boy’s 18-2 Munciana club team in 2013-14. In addition to his on court experience, Allard has put in extensive time as a volleyball broadcaster.
His award-winning career has included a position as the Ball State men’s volleyball play-by-play announcer and host of a weekly talk show with head coach Joel Walton, former coach Dr. Don Shondell and various players throughout the season. Allard was named the National Collegiate Reporter of the Year in 2013 and was tabbed the play-by-play broadcaster of the year by Off the Block – a website specializing in coverage of men’s collegiate volleyball. He was part of the same publication’s broadcasting team of the year both in 2012 and 2013 as well as Ball State radio station WCRD’s Freshman of the Year. “I want to thank Corey Carlin, Morgan Salow, Stacy Kosciak and Kim Record for bringing me into the UNCG volleyball fold,” Allard said. “While many would hesitate to hire a young male straight out of college, I appreciate that the hierarchy at UNCG is dedicated to keeping a strong tradition of great volleyball and seeing me as a part of their vision. I have a great working relationship with Coach Carlin from our days at Ball State and Coach Salow is a young, energetic coach like me who will work tirelessly to strive for our student athletes to succeed in the classroom, community and on the court. Through the interview process, I saw from the team, coaches and athletic staff that success is a must and failure is not an option. This is a vision and mindset that works perfectly with my desire to win in life and on the court. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the UNCG volleyball tradition. Go Spartans!”