Carter Cassell returns for his third season as Denison's head volleyball coach in 2019.
In two seasons with the Big Red, Denison has won 26 games and has advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in both seasons. In 2017, Denison finished with a 15-14 record and advanced to the NCAC Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by top-seeded Wittenberg. Kristin Thewes and Leah Reinfranck received All-NCAC accolades, with Thewes receiving the Libero of the Year award from the NCAC. In 2018 the Big Red finished 11-15 but ended the campaign in strong fashion, winning four of its last six matches. First-year Peyton McElfresh was named the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year and was also a second-team All-NCAC selection in addition to being named to the NCAC All-Tournament team.
Cassell came to Denison after three seasons an assistant coach at Kenyon College. Cassell joined the coaching staff at Kenyon in 2014 along with new head coaching hire, Amanda Krampf. The new staff was charged with rebuilding the Kenyon program and Cassell was heavily involved in all aspects of planning practices, organizing the team’s strength and conditioning to scouting and recruiting. In year’s two and three, Kenyon posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1989-90. In 2016, Kenyon finished 18-12 placing third in the North Coast Athletic Conference regular season standings. Outside hitter Delaney Swanson was named to the All-NCAC first-team and two players earned honorable mention.
In addition to his assistant coaching duties at Kenyon, he also served in various game management roles and was a building manager for the Kenyon Athletic Center.
Cassell is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a B.S. in education while majoring in sports industry and minoring in business. In the summer of 2018, Cassell completed his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine.
After a standout prep career which saw him be named the 2010 Ohio Boys Volleyball Player of the Year and a second-team American Volleyball Coaches Association High School All-American. In 2011, Cassell attended Lewis University where he was a member of their NCAA Division I men’s volleyball team. He transferred to Ohio State the following year and was a member of the Buckeyes’ nationally-ranked club volleyball team. In 2013, he was named the Big Ten Men’s Volleyball Association Player of the Year.
Cassell is the seventh head volleyball coach in Denison history.