PHILADELPHIA - Head Coach Kerry Carr announced on Monday the addition of two assistant coaches to her staff for the upcoming 2012 season. Joining her and assistant coach Seth Rochlin are Casey Shingler and Zhiyu "Charley" Chen.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Arizona, Shingler comes to Philadelphia after spending a year as the head coach at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. In the 2011 season he more than doubled the team's win total from the year before, claiming four conference matches in the Great American Conference after the team had gone winless in league play in 2010. Prior to becoming the head coach of the program, Shingler spent one season as a graduate assistant with the university where he earned a master's degree in educational leadership.
While enrolled in undergraduate coursework at Pima Community College and later Arizona, Shingler still managed to find time to coach at his alma mater, Sahuaro High School in Tucson. Heading up both the men's and women's junior varsity programs for two seasons as well as assisting with both varsity teams for five, he was a part of four region titles, four state semifinal appearances, two state final appearances and the 2009 state championship for the men's team. Following his time in Sahuaro, he became the head coach of the men's varsity team at Cienega High School in 2009-10, compiling a 23-13 record before beginning his graduate studies at UAM.
Shingler has also coached at the club level, leading the Arizona Premier Volleyball Club 17-1 boy's team to a Junior Olympics invitation in 2007.
Chen joins the staff this season as a volunteer assistant after graduating from Arkansas Tech University in the spring. A former professional indoor and beach volleyball player in China as well as a member of the Chinese national team, he worked as an undergraduate assistant with the Arkansas Tech program throughout his time in school. During his tenure, the Golden Suns won at least 24 matches every season, taking home three regular season division or conference titles and advancing to last year's Division II NCAA Tournament, finishing the season with a record of 35-4.
Chen will be working towards a master's degree in Applied Geosciences from Penn while on staff.
"Casey brings to our program valuable experience as a former collegiate head coach," said Carr. "Not only is he a smart recruiter with an eye for talent, but he also brings dynamic leadership and energy to the practice gym. Charley's international playing experience will help us grow technically, both as individuals and as a team. I feel incredibly fortunate to have both of these talented assistants join the program."
An assistant coach for the Quakers last season, Kristen Rott will remain with Penn athletics but has shifted into an administrative role working with multiple sports, including volleyball.