Volleyball Announces Carnae Dillard As Assistant Coach
Former Mean Green Star Returns As Coach
DENTON - Former Mean Green star Carnae Dillard was added to the North Texas volleyball coaching staff, head coach Andrew Palileo announced Friday.
"It's always great to have a former player on staff," Palileo said. "She is using this opportunity to give back to North Texas for all the opportunities it has given her. I know the current players are excited to have her as a coach and mentor."
The two-time Conference USA Player of the Year enters the coaching realm after one year of professional volleyball in Sweden with Engelholms Volleybollsällskap (EVS).
"North Texas is my home," Dillard said. "I'm so blessed and extremely grateful for this opportunity. I always wanted to help the girls get better and to see them succeed."
Dillard made an immediate impact on her professional squad as she was voted Sweden’s Player of the Year, the highest award in the Elitserien League. She was the leader of the Elite Series with 317 points and carried that over to Elitserien league play, pacing EVS with 461 points while averaging 17.1 points per match.
An Honorable Mention All-America selection as a senior, she tallied 2,327 kills over four years at North Texas, finishing as the program’s leader in kills, attacks (6,063) and kills in a season (687). Her prestigious career featured 53 matches of 20 or more kills, including 18 in her senior campaign, and a career-best 31 kills on four occasions. She finished third in digs with 1,426 while becoming only the second Mean Green player to be recognized as an All-America selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Dillard graduated from North Texas in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.