Centenary Athletics Announces Caroline Carlton as Head Volleyball Coach
Centenary Athletics Announces Caroline Carlton as Head Volleyball Coach
Thursday, January 19, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary College athletics and Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Bob Bunnell is pleased to announce Caroline Carlton as the new head coach of the Ladies volleyball team. Carlton spent the 2016 season as interim head coach at Wesleyan College (Georgia).

“From the moment I first spoke with Carlton, I was impressed by her energy and enthusiasm, not only for Centenary volleyball, but also for the College as a whole,” said Dr. Bunnell. “I am delighted to have her as a member of the Ladies and Gent athletic staff.”

Carlton graduated from Mercer in 2015 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. She also served as a student assistant volleyball coach with the Bears from November 2014 until May 2015.

"I am honored and extremely excited to be named the next head coach of the Centenary Ladies volleyball team,” said Carlton. “I would like to thank Dr. Bunnell and President Holoman for the amazing opportunity to coach this program. After visiting Shreveport and meeting with the team and the athletic department, I knew I wanted to be a part of this program. I have already been in contact with the members of the team, and I am thrilled about the future and success of the Ladies volleyball program."

A three-time captain for the Mercer indoor volleyball team, she played four seasons of indoor and three seasons of beach volleyball. In her time with the Bears, she amassed 962 kills in 113 matches and 399 sets played (2.41 kills per set) with a .212 hitting percentage. With 209 total blocks and 188 digs, she finished her indoor career with an average of 2.72 points per set.

In 2013 in beach volleyball, Carlton and teammate Emily Rochefort were named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team.

“There is no doubt Caroline will immediately put life into the Centenary Volleyball program,” said Mercer head coach Damian Elder, who coached Carlton in both indoor and sand volleyball. “Her two greatest assets are her energy and her intelligence, and that combination will make for a stronger, more connected team. She will also be able to bring in student-athletes that Centenary can be proud to have represent its wonderful academic tradition. I’m happy for Caroline, but I am excited for Centenary to have hired a coach who will empower the volleyball student-athletes to create an amazing college experience.”