Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Carin Avery
Head Coach
2005-06 Volleyball Coaches
PHONE: (219) 464-5323 EMAIL: Carin.Avery@valpo.edu
Carin Avery

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.

In 2012, Avery led Valpo to 21 victories, including the program's first-ever win over a Big Ten squad, as the Crusaders downed Indiana en route to claiming the Hoosier Classic crown.  Valpo would finish in second place in the Horizon League standings, going 10-4 in league play, while three players earned All-League honors, including Root, who earned a third straight Defensive Player of the Year award and was named an Honorable Mention All-American for the third time in closing her career fourth in NCAA history in digs.

The 2011 Crusaders maintained the program’s successful run, winning 20 matches while placing three players on the HL All-League squad, including a repeat Defensive Player of the year in Root.  That season came on the heels of a 2010 campaign which was one of the most successful Avery has had at Valpo, as the Crusaders finished 2010 with 27 victories, tied for the second-most wins in program history.  The Crusaders advanced to the Horizon League championship match for the second time in a four-year span, and also boasted a school-record 11-match winning streak.  Along the way, Avery coached the national statistical champion in digs/set, Taylor Root, who also was named the HL Defensive Player of the Year after setting new school and single-season records in the category.  The Crusaders ranked fourth nationally as a team in digs/set and finished with the second-most digs in a single season in program history.

The 2009 Crusader squad continued the program’s run of excellence, as Avery guided Valpo to 22 victories and a runner-up finish in the league standings while coaching the league’s Newcomer of the Year.  The 2008 season saw Avery lead the Crusaders to wins over Notre Dame, Louisville and Wake Forest, as well as Sweet 16 participant Western Michigan.  Avery guided the 2008 squad as it led the nation in both kills/set and assists/set while also coaching the Horizon League Player of the Year and two Honorable Mention All-Americans.

Avery faced a unique challenge in 2007, as the Crusaders transitioned to the more-competitive Horizon League while also facing potentially devastating injuries.  But under her tutelage, Valpo finished tied for third in its first season as a league member and advanced to the league championship match for the fifth consecutive season.  The 2006 squad looked to be a rebuilding year for the program, but Avery still led Valpo to 23 wins and new single-season records for kills and hitting percentage.

2005 was the final season for the first group of athletes who played for four full seasons under Avery as head coach, and the four seniors went out with a bang, closing their four-year careers with a 103-31 mark as Avery led them to their third straight Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships, as well as their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.  Along the way, the team ran their Mid-Con winning streak to 21 matches, while Avery etched out a spot for herself in the Crusader record books, becoming the program’s winningest coach with her 93rd win at Valpo on October 21.

Avery guided the 2004 version of the Crusaders to undoubtedly the most successful season in school history.  The 2004 squad went 29-5, including a perfect 14-0 mark in Mid-Con action.  Among the victories was an early-season win at rival Notre Dame, the first-such win in 24 years, and a school-record 14-match winning streak during the middle of the campaign.  Avery earned her second straight Mid-Con Coach of the Year accolade as Valpo won the conference regular season and tournament titles en route to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Avery led the 2003 Valpo team to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years, cementing itself as a program to be reckoned with at the mid-major level.  The 2003 Crusaders went 13-1 in conference play and 27-8 overall, including a thrilling five-set win at the ARC over Oral Roberts to claim the conference tournament title.  For her efforts, Avery was recognized as the Mid-Con Coach of the Year.  In 2002, Avery helped set the foundation for the success to come by guiding the Crusaders to 20 victories in her rookie season and a second-place finish in the Mid-Con standings.

Avery arrived at Valpo in 1999, joining then-head coach Becky Madden’s staff that faced the challenge of restoring a program that had followed up three straight 24-plus win seasons with back-to-back losing years in 1997 and 1998.  In her three years as an assistant coach prior to ascending to head coach, Avery worked with Madden to rebuild the program and to recruit players to get the Crusaders back to the next level.

Before arriving at Valpo, Avery sharpened her coaching teeth in the NAIA ranks, serving as an assistant at Bethel (Ind.) College from 1995-96 before taking over as head coach in 1997.  After going 43-10 and leading the Pilots to the NAIA Great Lakes Region Championship Game that season, Avery was named NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year.  In 1998, Avery moved out west, leading Southern California College (now Vangard University) to four wins over NAIA Top-20 opponents with four freshmen starters, and finishing the year 12-14.

Before her coaching career began, Avery was a standout player, honing her skills at Mishawaka High School where she was twice named a High School All-American by USA Today and earned the Mental Attitude Award for the state of Indiana in 1990.  One of the top athletes in the school’s history, Avery was inducted into the Mishawaka High School Hall of Fame in 2002.

Avery began her collegiate playing career at the University of Kentucky, playing on an NCAA Tournament “Sweet Sixteen” team in 1992.  Following that season, Avery transferred to Ball State University and led the Cardinals to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.  During her time at Ball State, Avery earned All-Mid East Regional, First Team All-Conference and was named Most Valuable Player of the MAC Tournament.  In 1995, Avery recorded 408 digs (3.61/ game) for the Cardinals, then the second highest total and average in school history.  Today, Avery ranks among the career leaders in 11 different statistical categories.

A 1996 graduate of Ball State with a degree in Special Education, Avery has played professionally on the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association Beach Tour since 1995, twice being named the tour’s Most Valuable Player (2000 and 2002).

Avery and her husband, Valpo men’s soccer head coach Mike, reside in Valparaiso with their two sons, Alex and Kasongo (K.J.).

2005-06 Volleyball
Volleyball Coaches
Carin Avery
Head Coach
Sue Ushela
Assistant Coach
Heather Hynds
Graduate Assistant
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana