PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Kerry Carr, has announced the hiring of Eli Valentin as an assistant coach. He began his tenure with the Quakers on August 19.
Valentin joins the Quakers after spending a year with Appalachian State University as an assistant coach. With the Mountaineers, Valentin was responsible for planning practices, training defensive players and serve receive passers, and video breakdown/exchange. In addition to all of his duties, he planned, coordinated, and directed a volleyball fundraiser for youth in Haiti which raised $2,500.
“Eli brings so much energy to our team,” said Carr who is beginning her 16th season as the program’s head coach. “Coming from Appalachian State and working with a coaching staff I highly respect, I know he will add much insight and new approaches to our program.”
Prior to Appalachian State, Valentin served as an assistant for two years at Hillcrest High School and as head coach for Carolina One Volleyball Club. In addition, he spent many summers as a camp coach.
Outside of volleyball, Valentin was the Director of Hispanic Outreach for two and a half years at St. Francis Episcopal Church. There he managed multiple programs, directed fundraising events, and organized volunteer recruitment and retention.
“Eli balances us as a coaching staff with his different experiences,” Carr said. “We were lucky to have him work our summer camp, where he was an infectious, positive presence. Our players have gotten to know him quickly and are excited to work with him on the court.”
Valentin graduated from Lees-McRae College in 2007 and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bobcats as a libero/setter. As captain his senior year, Valentin finished as the national leader in digs-per-set.
Penn will begin its season on the road September 6 in College Park, competing in the University of Maryland Tournament.