Liberty Volleyball Head Coach Shane Pinder has announced the addition of former Washington standout Kindra Carlson to his coaching staff as an assistant coach.
"We are excited to have Kindra join our volleyball family," Pinder said. "I believe her experience in the United States and overseas combined with her life experience will add great value to our program. She will have an immediate impact on our day-to-day training as well as player development. This fall she will assist in all areas of the program, focusing on our pin attackers as well as our blocking systems and serve-receive passing. It is without a doubt she is a great fit for the mission and vision of Liberty volleyball."
Carlson spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Southland Conference program Nicholls in Thibodaux, La., where she earned her first collegiate coaching experience. She served as an assistant coach under fourth-year head coach Tommy Harold.
Hailing from Eaton, Colo., Carlson was named to the AVCA All-America second team in both 2009 and 2010. A right-side attacker, she also earned back-to-back All-Pac 10 and All-Pacific Region honors as both a junior and senior. She led the Huskies with 471 kills during her senior campaign, helping Washington reach the Elite Eight while finishing the season ranked No. 6 in the nation. As a sophomore in 2008, her team made it to the Elite Eight and was ranked No. 5 nationally at the end of the year.
She left her mark on Washington's career record book, as she currently ranks fourth in career points (1,470), seventh in career points per set (4.22) and ninth in both career kills (1,251) and kills per set (3.59).
Following her days at Washington, Carlson played five years of professional volleyball, playing in Puerto Rico, France, Greece and Germany. While in Germany, she was the fourth overall scorer during the 2014-15 German season and voted MVP in several matches.
She trained with the U.S. National Team in 2011 and 2013, also serving as head coach of the T-Street Volleyball Club during that time. Coaching in Southern California, Carlson led a 16U team to a bronze division first-place finish in 2011 and guided a 15U team to a bronze division third-place finish in 2013.
Carlson graduated from Washington in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in comparative history of ideas.
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