Women's Volleyball

Geoff Carlston

Head Coach

6th Year

Alma Mater:
Minnesota 1993

Geoff Carlston


Buckeyes Conclude Regular Season this Week

Ohio State hosts No. 2 Penn State Wednesday in St. John Arena; travels to Iowa Saturday


Ohio State Hosts No. 20 Illinois and Northwestern this Weekend

Friday's match vs. the Illini will serve as the team's Senior Night


Ohio State to Face Two Top 15 Opponents on the Road

The Buckeyes face off with No. 11 Minnesota Friday; No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday


Buckeyes Set to Host Indiana, No. 14 Purdue this Weekend

Ohio State will take on the Hoosiers Friday; the Boilermakers Saturday


Second Half of Big Ten Season Awaits Buckeyes this Weekend

Ohio State travels to No. 14 Michigan State and No. 17 Michigan

Geoff Carlston is in his sixth year as head coach of Ohio State. He was named the head coach of the Ohio State women's volleyball program Feb. 5, 2008 and is the fifth head coach of the Buckeyes in the 41-year history of the program.

Ohio State reached the 20-win mark for the fourth-consecutive season, concluding 2012 at 23-11. The Buckeyes earned their best finish in the conference under Carlston, finishing fourth overall with a 13-7 mark. With seniors Mari Hole and Emily Danks leading the way, the squad reached a handful of milestones throughout the season that included the program's first-ever win at Nebraska. Hole was named a AVCA Third Team All-American and a unianimous Big Ten selection. Danks and Kaitlyn Leary were Big Ten honorable mention honorees.

In 2011, Ohio State notched its third-straight 20-plus wins season, tallying an overall record of 21-15. The squad reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second-consecutive season, falling to Big Ten foe and NCAA runner-up Illinois in the NCAA regional semifinals. In the Big Ten, the Buckeyes finished seventh with a 9-11 mark. Hole and Danks earned their first-career All-America nods and were both placed on the honorable mention team.

The Buckeyes had a stellar season under Carlston in 2010 as the squad went 24-12 overall and finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-10 mark. The Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing 3-1 to Stanford.

During the summer of 2011, Carlston served as head coach of one of the USA A-2 squads that played at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships Women's Open finishing second.

In his second year at Ohio State, Carlston guided the Buckeyes to a 25-10 overall record and 12-8 Big Ten record finishing tied for fourth in the conference. The squad returned to the NCAA Championship as an at-large selection and hosted first and second round matches. The Buckeyes defeated Cincinnati, 3-1, in the first round and fell to No. 10 California, 3-1, in the second round.

The 2009 season was a step up from his first year at Ohio State, finishing with a 12-20 overall record and finishing 10th in the Big Ten with a 3-17 mark.

Carlston came to Ohio State after spending five years as head coach at Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five consecutive Mid-American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. He had a MAC conference record of 78-2 and was 14-1 in the conference tournament, winning four of five.

Under Carlston, four Bobcats received AVCA All-America honorable mention honors. Four were named the MAC Player of the Year, two were the MAC Freshman of the Year and 25 were named MAC All-Conference.

He was named the MAC Coach of the Year four times and was twice named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to Ohio, Carlston posted a 49-42 record in three seasons at the helm of the Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.) program. He took the Golden Bears from a 0-18 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference the season before his arrival to a serious run at the league title in 2002.

CUSP finished the 2002 campaign with a 24-9 record - its best in Division II competition - and earned its first national ranking during the season. Carlson recruited three consecutive NSIC Freshman of the Year selections to play for the Golden Bears and had five players named all-conference (three first-team, two second-team) in 2002.

In the summer of 2002, Carlston served as coach of a Division II all-star team that played in a tournament in Holland. Competing against the top Dutch college and professional league teams, the group won gold and bronze medals.
Before Concordia, Carlston served two seasons as a student assistant coach at Minnesota while completing a master's degree in social work.

Carlston began his coaching career in 1994 as head coach at Hopkins High School. In his two-year tenure, his teams went 41-17 and captured the Classic Lake Conference title both seasons.

He left the high school ranks for two years of service in Belize as a Peace Corps volunteer but stayed close to the sport, serving as head coach of the Belize women's national team and as an assistant for the men's national team. He helped develop a year-round training program and the team finished fourth at the 1997 Central America championship, earning the country's first international victories.

Upon his return to the United States, Carlston became head coach of the 17's team of the Minnesota One Junior Olympics club, which competed in the 17 Open Division at USA Nationals three consecutive years under his direction.

In June 1993, Carlston earned his undergraduate degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota, where he played on the club team for the Gophers. The Plymouth, Minn., native is married to the former Sara Tibesar of St. Paul and the couple have a son, Teddy.

Carlston's Career Record by Season

OverallConference (1)
Concordia St. Paul Totals4942.5382925.537

OverallConference (2)NCAA Championship
YearSchoolWinsLossesPct.WinsLossesPct.Finish1st Rd.2nd Rd.Reg.Nat.
2003Ohio University285.848151.9371st0-1---
2004Ohio University293.9061601.0001st1-00-1--
2005Ohio University333.9171601.0001st1-01-00-1-
2006Ohio University285.8481601.0001st0-1---
2007Ohio University266.813151.9381st0-1---
Ohio University Totals14422.867782.9752-31-10-1-
NCAA Record: 3-5 (.375)

OverallConference (3)NCAA Championship
YearSchoolWinsLossesPct.WinsLossesPct.Finish1st Rd.2nd Rd.Reg.Nat.
2008Ohio State1220.375317.15010th----
2009Ohio State2510.714128.6004th-tie1-00-1--
2010Ohio State2412.6671010.5006th1-01-00-1-
2011Ohio State2115.583911.4507th1-01-0-
2012Ohio State2311.676137.6404th1-00-1--
Ohio State Totals10568.6074753.4704-02-20-2-
12-year Career Totals298132.693

(1) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
(2) Mid-American Conference
(3) Big Ten Conference

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