DonateTicketsEnewsMobile AppsYoutubeTwitterFacebookLive StatsLive Video
Volleyball Twitter
Volleyball Instagram
Share |

Head Coach • Virginia, 1983
7th Season at Stetson • 14th Career Season

Cheryl Carlson is set to begin her seventh year as Head Volleyball Coach at Stetson University and 14th season as a head coach overall.

Despite a difficult 2009 campaign fraught with illness and injury to the roster, the foundation for the future of Stetson Volleyball was laid as rookie setter Kelli Carneal earned Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team status, joining Sarah Sears (2006) as Carlson recruits to be so honored.

Although 2008 marked a rebuilding year for Stetson, in 2007, she led the Hatters to an 11-15 overall record and 4-7 in Atlantic Sun conference play, the team's best record since 2002.  Stetson won its final four matches of the season, making Carlson the only coach in program history to win 10 matches three times in four years since the NCAA reduced schedule length in 1992.  Stetson's season-ending win over Flagler College on November 6 marked her 125th career victory.  

In her first season at Stetson, Carlson helped guide the Hatters to 10 wins, including triumphs over South Alabama, Lehigh and UCF. In fact, Stetson’s 3-0 win over UCF on Oct. 30 was the Hatters’ first victory over the Knights since 1987. Stetson surged late in the season with a 7-4 record over its final 11 matches.

Carlson arrived at Stetson following a 12-year stint at Virginia Commonwealth University, which included seven years as head coach and five years as an assistant.

From 1995-2001, Carlson’s teams combined for a 86-133 record, including an 18-12 mark in 2000. For three years Carlson also worked as an administrator in the VCU athletic department, serving as Director of Community Outreach, Life Skills Coordinator and Assistant Compliance Director.

Carlson has also coached the Richmond Volleyball Club Junior program, leading her team to a regional championship in five out of six years and to a national tournament appearance for six straight years.

A former USA Volleyball player and coach, Carlson was the USAV Old Dominion Region Vice President and Eligibility Chair from 2002-04. She was responsible for the Coaching Development program as well as writing the region’s Mission, Vision and Values Statement.

Prior to her seven-year head-coaching stint, Carlson served as the VCU assistant coach for five seasons. She helped coordinate all facets of the program, including scheduling, recruiting, fundraising and conditioning.

From 1983-88, Carlson served as athletics director, coach and teacher at Good Shepard Episcopal School, and later worked in the same capacity at Luther Memorial School (1988-90). She also served as an associate for the Governor’s Alliance for a Drug-Free Virginia Foundation from 1989-94.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia, Carlson was a member of the Cavaliers varsity volleyball team from 1980-82. She has received two Master’s Degrees from VCU: A Master of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1995 and a Master of Science in Sports Leadership in 2002. Carlson is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.







  Carlson's Head Coaching Record:





Virginia Commonwealth

7 (1995-2001)




6 (2004-Present)







Stetson Volleyball