Clarkson Names Carol LaMarche as New Head Volleyball Coach

Clarkson Names Carol LaMarche as New Head Volleyball Coach

The Clarkson University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol LaMarche as its new head coach for volleyball for the 2016-17 season. LaMarche will officially begin her duties on April 18th.

LaMarche coached the Golden Knights back in 2005 and produced a record of 20-14 in her lone season at Clarkson. She followed up her one-year stint in Potsdam by serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater Syracuse University from 2006-2010. She has spent the last five years as the head coach at SUNY Canton, producing a 130-47 (.734 winning percentage) in that time frame, including four straight seasons with at least 27 victories and NCAA Regional rankings in several of those campaigns.

"I am excited to return to Clarkson University where I started my coaching career 10 years ago," LaMarche said. "I would like to thank Steve Yianoukos and Laurel Kane for the opportunity to take over such a successful volleyball program with outstanding female student-athletes. The tradition of excellence on and off the court at Clarkson is second to none. (Former head coach) Johan Dulfer had tremendous success with the team under his tutelage and I plan to pick up where left off and continue the winning tradition on a road to a National Championship!"

"We are very pleased to have Carol back on staff with us," stated Clarkson University Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos. "Her coaching pedigree at the Division I and the Division III level coupled with her proven ability to develop players will serve her well as the next head coach at Clarkson University.  We expect Carol to pick right up where Johan (Dulfer) left off, and continue the growth of Clarkson Volleyball on the national stage."

A 2002 graduate of Syracuse University, LaMarche spent four seasons with the Orange, totaling 741 kills and 95 blocks while averaging 3.49 kills per set in a career that spanned from 1998-2001, with the team winning 80 of its 130 matches over those four seasons.

Following her successful career as a student-athlete at Syracuse, where she was named a Big East Academic All-Star on two occasions, LaMarche served as a Graduate Assistant Coach while completing her master's degree in Accounting. Once she earned her master's degree, she spent one year playing in the National French League for the Chatelaillon-Plage N1 Volleyball team. She returned to the United States and assumed coaching duties at Clarkson University in 2005, guiding the Knights to a record of 20-14, including a 2-2 record in the round-robin Liberty League Tournament that November. She coached four Liberty League All-Stars in her first season with the Knights.

In her five seasons as assistant coach at Syracuse University, the team won 20 or more matches on three occasions, including a record of 23-9 in 2010. When SUNY Canton restarted its volleyball program in 2010-11, LaMarche was tapped to guide the Kangaroos and she guided the team to a 19-14 record after the program had taken a two-year hiatus. From there, the Roos averaged 27.5 wins per season from 2012-2015 and were an aggregate 78 games over .500 in that four-year stretch.

LaMarche and her husband Phil are the parents of two young children, Wyatt and Colette.