TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama volleyball head coach Rashida Reed announced the addition of Associate Head Coach Matt Scott and Assistant Coach Chelsi Carter to its Crimson Tide coaching staff.
Scott spent the last six seasons as an assistant at UConn, where he led the Huskies to 24 wins in 2021, including one over Creighton in 19th place, and the second straight trip to the BIG EAST Championship game. UConn made its first-ever NIVC appearance in 2021, finishing in the final four. Scott guided six All-Conference rosters during his time with the Huskies, including BIG EAST Setter of the Year McKayla Wuensch.
“I couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Alabama volleyball staff,” said Scott. “I want to thank Rashinda for trusting me to help her build this program. I am excited to get started and learn more about the university, the culture and the team as a whole. Looking forward to it to work with our student athletes, coaches, support staff and the entire Alabama community to help build Crimson Tide into a championship program! Roll Tide!”
Carter arrives in Tuscaloosa after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach in Western Carolina and mentoring a pair of Southern Conference Libero of the Year award winners. Past coaching stops have included Nicholls State, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and UAB, where they also played beach volleyball with the Blazers. Carter was a four-year letter winner at Samford University in Birmingham, winning a pair of Southern Conference titles with the Bulldogs and 2014 SoCon Libero of the Year honors.
“I am so grateful and grateful to be a part of Rashinda’s journey and vision,” said Carter. “Can’t wait to get to Foster Auditorium and get to work with this amazing staff! As an Alabama resident, it’s an honor to be a part of this athletic department and institution. I look forward to making great connections and memories with our athletes, recruits, staff and administration. Roll Tide!”
- Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator – UConn (2016-21)
- Huskies won 24 games in 2021, including Creighton in 19th place, en route to a second consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Championship and a final four appearance in the NIVC.
- Coached six All-Conference rosters, including BIG EAST Setter of the Year McKayla Wuensch
- Assistant Coach – Samford (2013-15)
- 2014 Southern Conference Tournament Champions
- Started his volleyball career at the University of Louisville (2008-12), where he held multiple roles during that time, including practice player, assistant to the executive director of volleyball operations, team manager, and graduate assistant/video coordinator
- Served as assistant to the deputy athletic director for the 2012 NCAA Championships while Louisville served as the championship host
RASHINDA RIDE ON MAT SCOTT
- “Matt is not only a great coach, but also a great person. We had the opportunity to work together through the AVCA Assistant Coach Committee and I quickly learned that Matt is always on the road to growing as a mentor and coach He always pushes himself to greater heights and evolving as the game of volleyball evolves.During his tenure at UConn, Matt helped build a successful thriving program that earned his first-ever bid at the NIVC and was one of four finalists.I know Matt A great addition to our staff, he brings his expertise in the gym and on the recruitment path.”
- Assistant Coach – West Carolina (2019-21)
- Accompanied two Southern Conference Libero of the Year award winners: Destinee Dorsey (2021) and Meagan Sanchez (2019)
- Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach – Nicholls State (2018)
- Assistant Coach – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2017)
- Assistant Coach (Beach), Volunteer Assistant (Indoor) – UAB (2016-17)
- UAB beach volleyball player (2015-16 season)
- Four-year letter winner at Samford (2011-14)
- Two-time SoCon Champion (2011, 2014)
- 2014 SoCon Libero of the Year, SoCon Tournament MVP
RASHINDA RIDED CHELSI CARTER
- “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chelsi in the early stages of her coaching career and I knew she was something special. Her love for the game radiates from her, and her passion and drive to evolve as a coach is contagious During her time in Western Carolina, Chelsi guided one of her athletes to Libero of the Year, assisted her head coach to Coach of the Year, and helped the Catamounts win seasons. but also a great mentor.”
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