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Darin VanHorn
Assistant Coach, Director of Camp Operations

Darin Van Horn just completed his fourth year with the Mocs as an assistant coach. Van Horn comes to Chattanooga after serving one year as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Prior to his time in Charlottesville, The Pittsburgh, PA native was a student manager for 5 seasons at his alma mater, Penn State. During his time in State College, he worked with both the men’s and women’s programs, and was on the bench in 2013 when the Penn State women’s team won the National Championship. In addition to his time with the varsity programs, Van Horn competed for the Penn State men’s club volleyball program as a middle blocker and made numerous appearances at the Division I Men’s Club National Tourna-ment.

Abby Gilleland
Assistant Coach, Director of Camp Operations

Abby Gilleland enters her third year with the Mocs as an assistant coach, as she was added to the staff in February 2017. Gilleland arrived to the Scenic City after one season on staff at William & Mary and a highly decorated student-athlete career at Ohio University. The Bull Valley, IL native was a 4-year starter as setter for the Bobcats, led Ohio to 4 conference championships, was a 2-time All-American, and 2-time Player & Setter of the Year in the competitive MidAmerican Conference, and was nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award after her college career.

Kristen Michaelis
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Kristen joined the Chattanooga volleyball program as a volunteer assistant in June 2016. She most recently served as the head coach at St. Clair Community College in her native state of Michigan, and became available when her family moved to the Chattanooga area.

She joins the Mocs volleyball program carrying an impressive playing resume as a libero for Fresno State and Team USA during her career. Her defensive expertise will give UTC an impact this upcoming season.

During her time at Fresno State (2001-2004), she was a four-year letter winner and finished among the program’s top players. As a junior in 2003, she averaged five kills per game and tied the national record for kills in a match with 41 against Cal State Northridge. In her Fresno State career, she accumulated 1,353 kills, which ranks third most in Fresno State history. Her 3.96 kills per game average stands second best All-time. Kristen was a 2003 honorable mention All-American, two-time All-WAC (2002, 2003) and AVCA All-West Region (2002, 2003).

After her time at Fresno State, Michaelis played for Team USA as a libero, helping the team to a bronze medal finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following her Team USA stint, she became the head coach at her high school alma mater in Marysville, Michigan, before taking the same role at St. Clair Community College.

Scott Carter

Scott Carter just finished his first year with the Mocs. A fixture in amateur volleyball across all levels including recruiting, training and developing, Carter comes to the Scenic City after an impressive four-year head coaching stint at NCAA DIII Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) from 2015-2018. During his time at BW, Carter coached the Yellow Jackets to three of the school’s top five winningest seasons including a program-best 27-5 (.844) record in 2018. Prior to his head coaching stint at BW and Hiram, Carter started his own recruiting service business in 2007 and was tabbed one of the ‘Top Independent Talent Scouts in the US’ after being hired by over 160 NCAA DI volleyball programs to personally identify, rank, evaluate and consult the top HS volleyball prospects in the country. Before the start up of his business, he handled Recruiting/Offensive Coordinator responsibilities at MAC-member Kent State from 2001-2003, Carter then joined SEC-power Kentucky from 2003-2005 as the program’s Recruiting/Defensive Coordinator.