DENTON, Texas - North Texas head volleyball coach Ken Murczek announced the addition of Carissa Dawson to the Mean Green coaching staff. Dawson is entering her first year with NT volleyball after an extensive playing career that included a trip to the NAIA Final Four.
Dawson comes to North Texas following a stay as the varsity head coach at Westminster High School in Westminster, Calif. She also spent the last two years as a coach for the Surf City Volleyball Club in Huntington Beach.
"I am excited to have someone with Carissa's extensive background in volleyball joining our staff," said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek. "I feel she will make a great connection with the team and immediate impact on the program as we move forward into the 2010 season. Carissa has outstanding organization skills, personality, and experience has a former standout student athlete."
The 2003 NAIA All-American at Biola University was the catalyst behind Eagles' run to the NAIA National Semifinals. As a matter of fact, Dawson's 2003 squad still hold the school single-season records for kills, digs, aces, assists and serve percentage.
No stranger to academic accolades, Dawson made the National Dean's List in 2003 and 2004, and was a member of the Biola Dean's List from 2002-04.
Dawson started her collegiate career at Humboldt State, where she earned 2001 Academic All-Conference honors. She also played four years at Pleasant Valley High School, and six years for Club Chico Juniors Volleyball Club.
She began teaching and coaching collegiate athletes as a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola. Dawson was also a Teacher Assistant in the Kinesiology Dept. following her stellar playing career.
Dawson has worked numerous camps and clinics in her career, and even has experience in the Lone Star State. She was a member of the coaching staff at the 2002 Texas State Volleyball Camp in San Marcos.
Dawson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Biola in 2004, and earned her Masters of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola in 2006. She is married to David Dawson.