Former Purdue Star To Replace Carnae Dillard On Staff
Carrie Gurnell is in her first season as the assistant volleyball coach at North Texas. She comes to Denton from Gardner-Webb University, where she spent two years in the same role.
Gurnell starred for Purdue from 2006 to 2009, totaling more than 1,000 kills as an outside hitter for the Boilermakers while earning a spot on four all-tournament teams during her senior season. The four-year starter appeared in 127 matches during her career at Purdue and posted at least 10 kills in 50 contests - including 24 as a senior.
A native of Katy, Texas, Gurnell was a two-time all-state honoree at Cinco Ranch High School and was ranked as the No. 11 recruit in the nation by prepvolleyball.com prior to her commitment to Purdue. She was also listed amongst Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 players.
Following her collegiate career, Gurnell played three professional seasons for Volleyball Club Tirol in Innsbruck, Austria as a middle blocker. During her stint with VC Tirol, Gurnell helped the team to back-to-back second-place finishes in the Bundesliga Damen regular season standings.
Gurnell brings a wealth of coaching experience at the camp and club level, including eight years in the junior club circuit and two years coaching young children in the Austrian public school system during her time with VC Tirol. She has participated, trained and coached in the USA Volleyball system, including stints as a player in both the USA A-2 Youth and the Junior National teams.