Seth Rochlin has been promoted to the top assistant position, replacing Ryan Goodwin. Kristen Rott has been hired as the Quakers' second assistant, while Christopher Jones steps in as a volunteer assistant.
"Assistant Coach Ryan Goodwin left the program last month when his family had a job opportunity out of the state," said Carr. "We appreciate everything Ryan gave to the program during his tenure and wish him the best of luck in his new home. Fortunately, we were able to hire some of the best young coaching talent available and I am excited to work with this year's staff.
"Seth helped us out so much last year when he came on board, both in the office and in the gym," Carr continued."It was an easy transition to first assistant as he was already fulfilling all the duties in that position, plus creating new ones needed to make our program better. I was pleased to find Kristen (Forristall) Rott, whom I already admired as a strong player and has had the opportunity to work with some of the nation's best coaches both at Oregon and across the net in the Pac-10. We are also lucky to add Christopher Jones on our staff as a volunteer coach; his experience at Juniata as a player and then as an assistant coach with Haverford College will just add to our depth of well-balanced experience on the staff."
Seth Rochlin's promotion comes after his work with the team during the 2010 Ivy League championship season. Prior to his arrival at Penn, Rochlin -- a 2008 graduate of the University of Arizona -- served as the head coach for both the boys' and girls' programs at Rincon (Ariz.) High School from 2008-10. In his first year at the helm, he was named the region's women's coach of the year, and in 2009 he led the boys to a runner-up finish in the 4A/5A Division II Championship. Rochlin started out as an assistant at Rincon, his high school alma mater, in 2004. While working at Rincon, Rochin attended Arizona and played one season as a member the Wildcats' Division III club volleyball team. In addition to playing, he also served as a four-year coach for Arizona's women's club team, which reached the 2006 Division II Championship final. Rochlin has also coached at the club level, leading the Zona Volleyball Club's U18 RegionTeam during the 2008-09 season and serving as head coach of the U14 girls' team at the Club Cactus Volleyball Club from 2004-06.
Kristen Rott comes to Penn after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Oregon, for the 2010-11 season. The Ducks went 19-11 last year, including a 7-11 record in the formidable Pac-10 Conference. A former basketball and volleyball player at Oregon, Rott was a 2004-05 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team member in basketball and played that sport professionally for a season in Germany. In volleyball, she helped the Ducks to the NCAA's third round in both 2007 and 2008, and was a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention recipient. Rott graduated from Oregon with a degree in business in 2008, and also holds a master's of education from the school which she acquired in August.
Christopher Jones joins the program after working last year as an assistant coach with the Haverford College women in the fall and head coach of the Lower Merion High School boys in the spring. The Haverford women won the Centennial Conference regular-season title, while Lower Merion -- his high school alma mater -- made the district playoffs after a three-year absence. Jones played his college volleyball at Juniata College, helping the Eagles to the 2003 Molten Division III Championship final. A four-year starter and two-year captain, he was an all-tournament selection at the 2001 Division III EIVA Championship and team MVP as a senior. Jones graduated from Juniata in 2003, and he also holds a law degree from Penn State.
The Penn volleyball team has won the last two Ivy League titles and played in the last two NCAA Championship events. The Quakers will open the 2011-12 season when they host the Big 5 Tournament at The Palestra on Sept. 2 and 3. Penn's Ivy League opener will take place Friday, Sept. 23 at Princeton.