University of Oklahoma volleyball head coach Santiago Restrepo announced the hiring of Kristin Carpenter as the program’s newest assistant coach on February 2, 2016. A two-time national champion as a collegiate player joins the Sooners’ staff following a season as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Virginia.
“Kristin brings a tremendous pedigree, as far as volleyball is concerned, and she is definitely an up-and-coming commodity in the profession,” began Restrepo. “We were extremely lucky to add her to our staff. She is extremely gifted and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”
“I am honored and so excited to be a part of this program and this family,” stated Carpenter. “My goals and morals align with that of Oklahoma volleyball and its staff. Everything about this university is what I stand for and I can’t wait to get started.”
In her one season with the Cavaliers, Carpenter was tasked with working closely with the team’s setters, while also focusing on breaking down film. She was also heavily involved in many of the team’s strength and conditioning drills as well as serving as a practice player against the first team unit.
“I’ve been surrounded by some really great people as a player and a coach,” said Carpenter. “That’s what I’m getting here at OU as well, which is so great. Being surrounded by strong mentors has been a priority of mine and helped get me here.”
Prior to beginning her collegiate coaching career, Carpenter spent the better part of two years overseas playing professionally in Sweden and Greece. In her first season, she was named MVP of the Elite Series and Best Server for the Grand Prix champion Svedala Volleyboll Klubb. From there, Carpenter moved on to A.O. Markopoulo in Greece and served as the team’s setter and captain.
As a collegiate player, Carpenter played for perennial powerhouse Penn State and was a part of two national championship squads in 2009 and 2010. She started her career as a setter before moving into a utility role. Carpenter served as a captain of the Nittany Lions during her senior season in 2012. She lettered in all four seasons and picked up four All-Tournament Team honors along the way, including 2010 Final Four All-Tournament recognition.
“The hiring of Kristin to the OU staff brings a passionate young coach to a veteran staff and I know that great things will happen in Norman,” claimed Carpenter’s collegiate coach, Russ Rose. “Carp was a terrific player that directed us to a national title, but more importantly she brought a unique energy to the gym and to every one she encountered along the way.”
During her playing career, Carpenter gained valuable coaching experience at the club and high school level. She started with the Atlee (Va.) High School volleyball camp in 2010 and worked there for each of the last six summers to go with a three-year stint with Volleyball Express (Pa.) from 2010-12. Carpenter spent part of additional summers as a coach at the Richmond (Va.) Volleyball Club camps from 2011-2015.
“I am extremely excited to get started with our individual workouts and have Kristin be a part of our spring season,” closed Restrepo.
A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Carpenter graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology in December 2012.