February 2, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson head volleyball coach Jolene Jordan Hoover announced today the hiring of Karrie Downey Larsen as the Tigers’ new assistant volleyball coach. Larsen comes to Clemson from Loveland, Colorado, where she coaches the Northern Colorado Volleyball Club (NORCO).
“Karrie is going to be a wonderful addition to our staff,” said Hoover. “She brings so many great qualities as a person, and her winning personality will be a tremendous asset in recruiting.”
Larsen was a starting outside hitter for the USA National Team from May 1997 through December 1998. She earned the Best Defense/Reception Award at the Grand Prix in 1997 and the Best Defense Award at the NORCECA Tournament in 1998. Prior to her time with the national team, Larsen played professional volleyball in Switzerland from 1995-96. During the 1997 season she played professionally for the Colorado Thunder, helping the team to the National Volleyball League Championship.
A native of San Diego, CA, Larsen lettered four years as a member of the Colorado volleyball team. She earned all-Big 8 and all-Midwest Region honors during the 1993 and 1994 seasons, leaving her mark as the Big 8 career leader in kills, digs and attempts. For her efforts she was honored as the Colorado Female Athlete of the Year in 1995.
“Karrie’s playing experience will be invaluable,” said Hoover. “She has played professionally, internationally and with the USA National Team. Her main responsibilities will be to serve as our recruiting coordinator, as well as to train the outside hitters.”
Larsen and her husband Brett both graduated from Colorado. She earned her degree in international affairs in May of 1997. Larsen will begin her work at Clemson on February 16.
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