Former Western Volleyball Player’s Career Comes Full-Circle
By Mika Cummins
September 3, 2013
Former Western Volleyball player, Marian Carbin, has been named the interim head coach for the volleyball team for the 2013 Season.
Carbin was given the position not long after Cory Frederick announced his resignation from the spot in April. Frederick spent five seasons at the helm of the team, leading the Griffons to a 37-72 overall record and going 25-51 in MIAA play. He also lead the team to a 16-16 record last season, the most wins in a season since 2006. He resigned due to family reasons.
Western’s Director of Athletics Kurt McGuffin was quoted saying, “With Coach Frederick’s resignation coming so late, I felt there was no reason to look any further than her.”
Before she became a coach, Carbin was a Griffon herself. Then known as Marian Broderick, she played in 393 games and 116 matches from 2002-2005. She also accumulated 557 kills to go along with 1,009 digs, 135 set assists and 128 services aces. Carbin was also named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team and was the 2004-2005 Missouri Western Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year.
Having a full-circle career is a big deal for Carbin since she is the first-ever Western volleyball player to be named head coach of the program. She started off as the student assistant coach for the team in 2006 and returned to Western in 2009 to become the Assistant Coach.
Upon the announcement of her new job, Carbin stated, “I don’t think there is anybody better prepared for this opportunity than I am. There is no one that knows these girls better than I do and there is no one that loves Missouri Western better than I do.”
The Griffons began practicing on Saturday, August 17 and have 8 starters of 10 matches or more returning to the team. Of the returning are Honorable Mention All-MIAA selections Stephanie Hattey and Jessie Thorup. As a freshman, Thorup lead the team with 274 kills and 2.38 kills per set. Hattey followed closely behind, landing 243 kills and 2.11 kills per set as a junior. Unfortunately, Western was placed 10th out 12 teams in the 2013 MIAA Pre-Season Coaches Poll, finishing three points behind Lindenwood and just above Southwest Baptist and Missouri Southern.