Photo courtesy of Val Pennington; graphic by Carlow Sports Information
Carlow University Athletics
has announced the hiring of Val Pennington as the head coach for
the inaugural Men's Volleyball team.
Pennington, a Pittsburgh native, was chosen from a pool of
candidates looking to make history with the Celtics.
"Val brings with him a wealth of volleyball knowledge and
experience that will be beneficial in jump-starting the new men's
program at Carlow," Director of Athletics, George Sliman, said. "We
are excited to have him on board and to begin our newest men's
sport with Val at the helm."
Pennington was excited about the opportunity to coach collegiate
volleyball in Pittsburgh, an area that he said has been a "hotbed"
for boys' and men's volleyball for decades.
"There has been an incongruence between high-level players and
local opportunities for them to play in and around their hometown.
Players have had to travel far to play [men's collegiate
volleyball] somewhere," Pennington said. "Sitting on top of such a
nice talent pool is so exciting. The athletes want to stay here;
it's a fantastic place for Carlow to be situated."
Since coaching the University of Pittsburgh men's volleyball
club team in the early 90s, it's always been a dream of
Pennington's to coach varsity men's volleyball at the collegiate
level. Upon hearing of the opening at Carlow, he submitted his
application right away. "I have been looking for this opportunity
for a long time," he said, citing that not having to relocate was
an important factor since he was born and raised in the Pittsburgh
"The hiring committee chose Val because of his extensive local
history and connections with the sport," Sliman said. "Val was the
right fit for Carlow, and we look forward to seeing where he can
take the Celtics."
Pennington's background includes several area clubs and high
school teams. Most recently, he was the varsity girls' head coach
at Northgate High School since 2017. He also spearheaded the
boys' volleyball program at Moon High School from 2004-2008, and
was the co-founder of United Volleyball Club from 2006-2009.
He also coached Renaissance Volleyball Club from 1999-2005 and
holds certifications and has worked for many years as a PIAA and
Pennington was the game day announcer for the University of
Pittsburgh from 1995-2009 and was the voice of the Big East
Championships. He is eager to begin his tenure with the
"I think it's significant that we're bringing collegiate men's
volleyball back to Pittsburgh. It's historic, and I'm looking
forward to it; I'm proud to be part of that history," he added.
For more information about the men's volleyball team, visit https://www.carlow.edu/m_vball.
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