Karrie Larsen enters her seventh year with Colorado State volleyball. Larsen has brought a large emphasis on defense and ball control with her to the program and vastly improved the players' techniques in several areas.
She emphasizes platform defense and works day-in and day-out with the players on stance and technique.
Besides working on defense and ball control, Larsen is responsible for summer camps, travel, working with the outside hitters and various other day-to-day coaching duties.
Coaching the defensive specialists, Larsen helped Lindsey Kerr earn the 2002 Mountain West Conference Defensive Specialist of the Year award and in 2004, the Rams averaged 14.40 digs per game, the ninth highest per game average in school history. Last season, Katherine Whitney was named the Mountain West Tournament Libero.
Larsen joined the staff in 2000 and in her six seasons with the team, has helped increase hitting percentage to new highs.
Prior to Colorado State, Larsen was the top assistant at Clemson for the 1999 season.
From 1996-98, she was a coach for the Northern Colorado Volleyball Club (NORCO), one of the nation's premier club programs. She formerly played and coached the BTV Luzern Volleyball Club in Switzerland from 1995-96 and the Boulder Volleyball Club from 1992-94.
As a coach, she has been active as a clinic and camp speaker and coach, providing insight and education to coaches and players.
Larsen earned four varsity letter awards in volleyball at the University of Colorado, winning All-Big Eight honors and All-Midwest Region honors in 1993 and 1994. She was the conference career leader in kills, digs and attacks at the completion of her playing career and still is listed in the record books at Colorado. Larsen was also named the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1995.
Following her collegiate career, she played in Europe from 1995-96 and then was a member of the United States National team in 1997 and 1998.
With the national team, she received Best Defensive Player honors twice in 1997. Once was at the Grand Prix Tournament and the other time was at the Norceca (North America, Central America, Caribbean) Championship.
In 1993, she was a member of the United States under 20 team which won a Silver Medal in the World University Games.
She earned her bachelor's degree in International Affairs from Colorado in 1997. As a collegian, she was named to the dean's list in 1996 and 1997, and a member of the All-Big Eight Conference Academic Team.
Formerly Karrie Downey, she married her husband Brett Larsen -- a member of the Colorado track team -- in 1994. They have a five-year-old son, Cody and a daughter Kai, who turned one in April.
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