DURHAM, N.C. – Duke volleyball head coach Jolene Nagel has announced the addition of former Duke standout and 2012 graduate Kellie Catanach to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Catanach will serve as an assistant coach, aiding in all aspects of the program.
“It is with immense pride and excitement that we welcome All-American Kellie Catanach back to Durham to join our staff,” said Nagel. “Her experience and success as a setter, a two-time captain and leader for one of the most successful teams in Duke Volleyball history, along with her knowledge of Duke, make her a very special addition to our program. She is going to be a wonderful resource for our student athletes on a variety of levels and they are going to love working with her daily.”
A four-year letterwinner and three-time All-American, Catanach competed at Duke from 2008-11, receiving All-ACC recognition all four years of her college career and ACVA honors her final three seasons. She helped the Duke volleyball squad to two ACC Championships in 2008 and 2010. The Blue Devils made NCAA Tournament appearances all four of her seasons, advancing to the second round in 2008 and the Round of Eight in 2010.
As a junior, Catanach was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, becoming the seventh Duke player to earn that honor. The Tampa, Fla., native ended her career ranked ninth on the ACC’s all-time assists leaderboard, while also becoming the third Blue Devil to post at least 1,000 assists in all four seasons and serving as the team captain for her final two years.
“Kellie lived it and understands what it takes to be a student athlete at Duke and compete at the highest level,” Nagel added. “As a daughter of a lifetime collegiate volleyball coach Kellie has always understood the game from a coach’s perspective and that is one of the many special qualities that she brought to the court during her playing days at Duke. Kellie’s pride in Duke, the commitment she had to Duke Volleyball as a student athlete and now as a coach, will benefit our team greatly and help our student athletes grow and develop.”
Catanach returns to Durham from Florida State University, where she served as the Director of Educational Services. In her role with the Seminoles, she oversaw the daily operations of educational services arm of the Student-Athlete Academic Services department while acting as the Educational Services liaison to advisors and leadership team members. Catanach also earned a graduate degree from FSU in 2015, with a Master’s of Science in Sport Management.