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Geoff  Carlston

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Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Minnesota '93

Five seasons into his tenure in Athens, Ohio head coach Geoff Carlston has become the most successful at his skill in Bobcat history. Named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year four consecutive seasons (2003-2006), Carlston has taken the Bobcat program to the next level in Division I volleyball.

Carlston has accumulated 144 career wins at the Division I level and has led the Bobcats to a 92-3 record against MAC opponents. The Bobcat coach has led the program to five MAC regular season titles and four MAC Tournament titles in his five years at Ohio. With a .968 conference winning percentage, Carlston has the highest overall and conference winning percentage of any head coach in the history of the MAC.

Under Carlston, three Bobcats garnered AVCA All-American Honorable Mention, four have been named MAC Player of the Year, two have been named MAC Freshman of the Year and 27 have been added to all-conference teams. His Bobcats have led the MAC in hitting percentage and opponent's hitting percentage for the last five seasons, ranking among the national leaders in both categories, and have been among the league's best in kills and blocks.

Carlston reached his 100th career win in 2006 and saw two of his players reach 1,000 career kills and one reach 2,000 career digs for a top-25 spot in the NCAA record book. In addition, Ohio spent the last two seasons (42 consecutive weeks) ranked as one of the nation's top 25 programs.

In his first campaign on the sidelines at Ohio, Carlston experienced a level of success never before seen in Athens at that time. The squad went 28-5 overall with a 15-1 mark in conference play, both school records at that point. The Bobcats capped off the season by winning the MAC regular season and tournament titles, and participating in the NCAA Tournament, all of which were firsts for the program.

At the end of the season, Ohio was listed 29th in the final AVCA Coaches Poll and finished tied for 11th in the nation with a .848 winning percentage. For his efforts, Carlston was recognized as the 2003 Mid-American Conference and NCAA Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

Carlston continued to build the program in his second season. The Bobcats captured the MAC regular season and tournament titles for the second-straight year and won their first-ever NCAA Tournament match with a sweep of Pittsburgh. His Bobcats became the first MAC team since 1994 to finish the conference schedule undefeated at 16-0 and the 29-3 overall record eclipsed the 28-win mark he set in his first season at Ohio for the most victories in program history. At season's end, Ohio ranked eighth in all of Division I in hitting percentage, 10th in assists and 12th in kills. For the second year in a row, Carlston was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

In 2005, Carlston maneuvered Ohio to its best season ever. The Bobcats ended the season ranked 14th in the nation, the highest ranking in program history. With a 33-3 overall record, the `Cats tied for the national lead in wins and set a MAC record for most wins in a single season. Ohio also defeated Alabama and Ohio State to make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Ohio's offense was one of the nation's elite, finishing the year ranked first in the country in kills and assists per game.

Prior to Ohio, Carlston posted a 49-42 record in three seasons at the helm of the Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.) program. He took the Golden Bears from a 0-18 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference the season before his arrival to a serious run at the league title in 2002.

CUSP finished the 2002 campaign with a 24-9 record - its best-ever in Division II competition - and earned its first-ever national ranking during the season. He recruited three straight NSIC Freshman-of-the-Year selections to play for the Golden Bears and had five players named all-conference (three first-team, two second-team) in 2002.

In the summer of 2002, Carlston served as coach of a Division II all-star team that played in a tournament in Holland. Competing against the top Dutch college and professional league teams, the group won gold and bronze medals.

Before Concordia, Carlston served two seasons as a student assistant coach at Minnesota while completing a master's degree in social work. During that year, the Gophers compiled a 27-9 record and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

Carlston began his coaching career in 1994 as head coach at Hopkins High School. In his two-year tenure, his teams went 41-17 and captured the Classic Lake Conference title both seasons. He left the high school ranks for two years of service in Belize as a Peace Corps volunteer but stayed close to the sport, serving as head coach of the Belize women's national team and as an assistant for the men's national team. He helped develop a year-round training program and the team finished fourth at the 1997 Central America championship, earning the country's first ever international victories.

Upon his return to the United States, Carlston became head coach of the 17's team of the Minnesota One Junior Olympics club, which competed in the 17 Open Division at USA Nationals three straight years under his direction.

In June 1993, Carlston earned his undergraduate degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota, where he played on the club team for the Gophers. He returned to earn a master's degree in social work from Minnesota in 1998. The Plymouth, Minn., native is married to the former Sara Tibesar of St. Paul, Minn.