Carin Avery took over the Crusader volleyball program in July 2002, and immediately began a run of unprecedented success on the court. The Brown and Gold are one of just 10 programs nationwide to have won at least 20 matches in each of the last 12 years, during which time Avery has led the Crusaders to three conference regular season and tournament championships, as well as advancing to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions. Avery enters 2014, her 15th season overall as a head coach, with 342 career victories.
Avery’s winning percentage of .709 in her 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach ranks among the top-30 active Division I coaches, while she also is among the nation’s youngest Division I coaches with at least 300 career victories. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has guided 40 All-League selections in her 11 years at Valpo, including six Honorable Mention All-Americans. In addition, Avery’s squads have excelled in the classroom, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award nine times. For her efforts putting together a stellar program on the court and in the classroom, Avery was rewarded with a contract extension in the summer of 2012.
2013 was another successful season for Avery and the Crusaders. The program matched the best-ever start in team history, winning each of its first eight matches, including tournament wins at the UCF Invitational and the Popcorn Classic, capping the latter tournament with a win over Big Ten foe Iowa. Valpo would end the season with 25 wins, finishing in second place in the Horizon League standings and earning a berth in the league title match. Along the way, three Crusaders earned All-League honors and two others were named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.