Karen Corey has been the head coach of volleyball at Bowdoin College since 2006. Her eight seasons at Bowdoin have been the strongest in school history. The 2012 team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and went 28-5 for the season. The 2011 team went 27-3 on the year, won their first NESCAC title, and competed into the second round of the NCAA tournament. Her teams have averaged over 19 wins per season and her .667 winning percentage is easily the best of any coach in the Polar Bear program history.
Corey has also been recognized with several coaching awards from the 2011 campaign - NESCAC Coach of the Year, NEWVA Coach of the Year and AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year. Her teams have shown much success in the classroom as well, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award for the past six consecutive years.
Coach Corey has also coached the United States Navy Women’s volleyball program and the US Armed Forces Volleyball team in International competition. Corey coached the Navy team to a Gold Medal in 2009 and a Silver Medal in 2010. Her experience also extends to coaching beach volleyball. Her two Navy beach teams won Gold and Silver medals in the inaugural 2010 Armed Forces Beach Tournament. She has also been twice selected to serve as Head Coach for the US Armed Forces program, competing at the World Military Volleyball Championships in Brazil in 2009 and North Carolina in 2010.
Corey started playing volleyball with a strong prep career that included an Illinois Class A State Championship. She continued her athletic and academic success at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A readily contributing member to the Division I Midshipmen team, Corey earned four varsity letters at Navy, received Patriot League Second Team All Conference both her junior and senior years, and was team MVP her senior year. After graduation and between military tours, Corey continued to play competitive volleyball and competed for the All-Navy Volleyball team in 1998 and 1999.
Her coaching career started as a volunteer at various local high schools at her duty stations and formally continued after her active duty military service. In 2001, Corey was the freshman coach at Princeton High School (Princeton, IL). She came to Bowdoin in 2004 and served as the director of volleyball operations and moved to the first assistant position in 2005.
Corey has earned a B.S. in Oceanography (USNA), M.S. in Sports Management (Northern Illinois University) and MBA (Northern Illinois University). In her naval career, she served as an Officer on a combatant destroyer with a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Additionally, she did tours as a meteorologist and as an oceanographer specializing in the Mediterranean theater. Corey is also USA Volleyball CAP Level III coach, has served as the President of the New England Women’s Volleyball Association (NEWVA), and is a member of several boards.
She resides in Brunswick, Maine with her husband and three daughters.
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