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Ken Carver begins his first season as head coach of the volleyball program in 2014 after being named the seventh head coach in program history on May 15.
Carver wrapped up his eighth season as head coach at NCAA III Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, in 2013 as he took over the program in 2006. Through 2013, he became the winningest and longest-serving coach in the program's history. While at HPU, Carver amassed an overall record of 93-138 (.403) after taking over a program that posted a 5-24 record in 2005. He had coached 13 players that have garnered American Southwest Conference honors, including the ASC West Division's Freshman of the Year in 2008. The 2013 season set another program record when the Yellow Jackets began the campaign winners in nine of its first 11 contests.
In 2013, Carver was also tasked with holding the responsibility of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, which included monitoring HPU's compliance with all American Southwest Conference and NCAA policies and procedures.
Carver's teams at HPU excelled in the classroom as he oversaw a trio of teams that earned the American Volleyball Coaches' Association's Team Academic Award. His squads have also been active outside the classroom as Carver's 2007, 2008 and 2011 teams were named the ASC's SAAC Team Sportsmanship Award recipients while one player landed ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year in 2008.
Before his eight-year stint at Howard Payne, Carver spent three seasons as head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. His coaching path also includes stops at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. and at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., where he began his career as an assistant coach.
During his career, Carver has coached 17 NCCAA All-Region players, six NCCAA All-Americans, 28 All-Conference players, two NAIA All-Region players and one NAIA All-American. He also was recognized as the NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
Carver graduated cum laude in 1994 from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and has pursued post-graduate studies in wellness management at Ball State University. He holds a Level One certification from USA Volleyball and has earned USA Volleyball's IMPACT certification.
Carver resides in Siloam Springs with his wife, Jill, and their twin daughters.