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Cougar Volleyball Camps

Coaching Staff

Damian Elder
Assistant Coach

  • 2019 – College of Charleston
    • Indoor Assistant Coach
  • 2012-2017 – Mercer University
    • Beach/Indoor Head Coach
  • 2011 – College of Charleston
    • Indoor Assistant Coach
  • 2006-10 – University of South Carolina
    • Beach Head Coach | Indoor Associate Head Coach
  • 2004-05 – Stanford University
    • Indoor Volunteer Assistant Coach

Coaching Accolades at Mercer:

  • Beach Volleyball:
    • Ushered in and developed Sand/Beach Volleyball as a varsity sport at Mercer in 2012
      • 4-3 record at ASUN Tournament since 2015
      • Reached double-digit wins in each of the last two seasons
    • Coached three All-ASUN First Team pairs & five ASUN All-Freshman selections
      • Mentored two of nine all-time ASUN student-athletes to earn multiple First Team selections (Tori Penrod, 2014 & 2016; Emily Krogman, 2015 & 2016)
      • Featured speaker at 2016 America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Convention
  • Indoor Volleyball:
    • Ranks fourth in program history in all-time wins
  • Guided the Bears’ to their first winning season in nine years in 2016
    • 15-14 overall record & 7-9 in SoCon play
    • Sixth-most wins in a single season in program history
  • Mentored three All-Conference student-athletes (Two SoCon; One ASUN)
  • Mentored two SoCon/ASUN All-Freshman student-athletes (One SoCon; One ASUN)
  • Recruited & mentored libero/defensive specialist Tori Penrod (2013-16)
    • Top-three in program history in career digs (1,792) & career digs per set (4.17)
  • Recruited & mentored middle blocker Paige Alsten (2015-Present)
    • Program’s single-season record holder in blocks, hitting percentage

Caroline CK Knop
Assistant Coach

Caroline Knop, a former two-time AVCA All-American libero at Florida, was hired as an assistant coach with the College of Charleston volleyball program on February 18, 2019.

Knop brings an envious amount of experience competing at the highest levels of the sport. A two-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection at Florida, Knop also spent this past summer in Anaheim, Calif. training with the USA Women’s National Team ahead of the 2018 Volleyball Nations League – an experience which challenged her both mentally and physically.

Knop spent two seasons at Florida after transferring from Michigan, leading the Gators to the 2017 National Championship match despite playing the last month of the season with a broken bone in her hand. A two-time All-SEC selection, Knop totaled 976 digs in her first two seasons at libero since playing the position in high school while helping the Gators to a combined 57-6 record.

Knop earned a gold medal at the 2015 European Global Challenge as a member of the USA Volleyball Junior National Team, and was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Girls Junior National Championship in 2013. She was twice named to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team roster in both 2013 and 2014, and was one of 27 finalists for the USA Volleyball Girls Youth National Team in 2013