Bard names new volleyball coach

Bard College has a new head coach for mens and womens volleyball.

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The college’s Department of Athletics & Recreation named Stefanie Carrington, from Dominican College, as the new coach and assistant athletic director.

Carrington was the head women’s volleyball coach for the last five years at. Dominican, an NCAA Div. II school in Orangeburg, N.Y. She was also the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012, and in 2012 and 2013 was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30, which recognizes the top coaches in the country under 30 years of age.

According to a Bard Sports news release, Carrington took over a struggling Dominican program in 2008, and the Chargers went 2-25. In the years since, Dominican has gone 22-10, 16-17, 18-14, and in 26-8 in 2012, including 19-0 in the CACC. The Chargers went to the NCAA Tournament last fall for the first time in school history.

“I’m excited to be working with both the men’s and women’s programs at Bard,” Carrington said in the Bard news release. “From everybody I’ve met, and in the time I’ve spent on campus, I’ve sensed a lot of good energy and I see great potential in both programs.”

In 2011, Bard moved into the prestigious and tough Liberty League in women’s volleyball, and to the powerful United Volleyball Conference in men’s volleyball. Six UVC teams finished in the AVCA’s Top 15 in the final coaches’ poll this past spring.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” Carrington added. “As a coach, you want to be playing against the best competition, and both conferences offer great competition. I want to help Bard establish itself among those top teams.”

In her role as assistant athletic director, Carrington will help oversee a new program called ACE (Academic Co-Curricular Excellence), which offers support to Bard student-athletes in a variety of ways, including time management, tutoring and life skills.

Carrington graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marist College with a degree in economics and a minor in music in 2007. Before going to Dominican, she was the junior varsity girls head coach and varsity assistant at Haldane High School in Cold Spring, N.Y. The girls’ varsity team went 18-1 and won the New York State Class D championship that year.

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