Southwestern College volleyball head coach Carolina Garbato has resigned the position to be the coordinator for high performance for USA Volleyball, the organization responsible for selecting the Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Garbato will share oversight of programs related to high performance, including tryouts, athlete depth charts, program planning and event coordination for the National Team.

Garbato has worked to build the Southwestern program for the past five years.

“While we are sad to see a coach and person the caliber of Coach Garbato moving on, we couldn’t be happier for her,” SC athletic director Mike McCoy said. “We all recognize that this is a fantastic opportunity — not only will she be closer to her family, but she will get to take her love of the sport and drive to a new level, and she will represent the Builder family well in all she does.”

A national search to fill the position at SC is under way.

“Coach Garbato has built a strong foundation for the program, recruiting excellent student-athletes and coaching them to a deeper understanding of the sport,” McCoy said.

“Her diligent work has set the program up for greater success, and we are grateful.”

The Lady Builders compiled a 20-14 record last season, the most successful season since 1992.

During Garbato’s tenure, 18 student-athletes have been added to the college’s record book, and four players have broken individual college records. Additionally, Garbato has encouraged her team to be focused in the classroom, as well as leaders on campus. Garbato is proud that her team has maintained a 3.3 GPA.

“In 2014, I accepted the position at Southwestern College a week before the season started. At that time I had no idea what a blessing this opportunity would turn out to be,” Garbato said. “During my time at SC, I have watched my student-athletes grow into powerful women who are great daughters, friends, teammates, leaders, and after their time at SC, they become excellent professionals in their chosen career path.”

Garbato has also served on faculty as the coordinator for the physical education teacher licensure degree program at Southwestern. She has taught and advised students in that role.

“I would like to thank God, my family, my students, my student-athletes and their families, President Andrews, Mike McCoy, and my colleagues for a wonderful and remarkable five years,” Garbato wrote in a statement. “Southwestern College will always have a very special place in my heart.”

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