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 11 programs nationwide to have won at least 20 matches in each of the last 11 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 2013, her 14th season overall as a head coach, with 317 career victories.

Avery’s winning percentage of .706 in her 13 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 37 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 eight 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.

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