6th season as head coach
Career Record and Record at MWSU: 101-59, 62-30 MIAA
2017 MIAA Coach of the Year
In a short period of time, Marian Carbin has proved capable of restoring the Griffon Volleyball program she once played for to its former level of high expectations.
Through her first five seasons leading the program, the Griffons have broken numerous records, accomplished feats not seen at Missouri Western in a decade or more and done what no other team in program history as done.
Carbin led the Griffons to a historic season in 2017 by winning the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament match and MIAA regular season championship. The program advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years. Missouri Western also advanced to the MIAA Championship final for the first-time ever and hosted its first match in the MIAA championships.
The Griffons set single-season records for digs (2,264) and assists (1,597), knocked off four ranked opponents and won 13 straight matches. Carbin’s fellow conference coaches voted her MIAA Coach of the Year following the historic 2017 season.
In five short seasons, Carbin has never had a losing season and led the Griffons to an overall 101-59 mark and a 62-30 record in MIAA play. She led Missouri Western to three 20-plus win seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2017 a first for the program in nearly 20 years. Her 2014 and 2017 teams won more MIAA matches (16) than any teams in MWSU history. The 2017 team's 25-11 overall record tied for the most wins since 1997.
In her first season as head coach, she helped the Griffons to a 16-15 overall record and 9-7 in MIAA play. It marked the first time since 2006 the Griffons finished with a winning record overall and the first time since 2000 the team went over .500 in MIAA play.
Through her first five years, Carbin has seen 27 Griffons named All-MIAA. Nine have earned first team All-MIAA honors, after the program had not seen a first teamer since 2002. Erica Rottinghaus, Jessie Thorup, Jordan Chohon each earned first team distinction twice under Carbin. Rottinghaus was also named honorable mention AVCA All-American in 2014 along with being a first team AVCA All-District pick. In 2017, Ali Tauchen was named 2017 MIAA Freshman of the Year, the first Griffon to win that honor in seven years. In her short tenure, Carbin has already coached the program’s top two leaders in all-time digs (Sarah Faubel and Kayla Ruff) and the program’s all-time kills leader (Jessie Thorup).
Carbin's student-athletes have shown excellence in the classroom as well. Rottinghaus and Faubel were named first team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans and first team COSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District in 2014. They were the first Griffons to be named Academic All-America since Carbin in 2005. Forty-four Griffons have been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in her first four years and 11 have received MIAA Scholar-Athlete awards for achieving at least a 3.5 GPA and All-MIAA status. Three others have received the MIAA Academic Excellence Award under Carbin for achieving a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Rottinghaus (2015) and Thorup (2016) also gave the volleyball program back-to-back MWSU Female Student-Athletes of the Year.
Before being named the head coach of her alma mater, Carbin spent four seasons as an assistant at Missouri Western under Cory Frederick. Carbin helped the program improve on wins every season, winning 11 in 2009; 12 in 2010; 14 in 2011 and 16 in 2012. In 2010, Carbin helped coach MIAA Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention All-MIAA selection Stephanie Hattey.
Carbin also was an assistant coach at North Kansas City High School where she also taught mathematics. She was head coach of the Kansas City Extreme Volleyball Club, which competed in the 2009 Junior Olympics National Tournament.
FOREVER A GRIFFON
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Carbin was a standout on the Griffon Volleyball team. The 2004-05 Missouri Western Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year, the former Marian Broderick, was a four-year letter winner. She played in 393 games and 116 matches in four years. She accumulated 557 kills to go along with 1,009 digs, 135 set assists and 128 services aces. She was also named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team.
Carbin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Missouri Western in 2007. She and her husband, Griffon Strength and Conditioning Coach Greg Carbin, are both Missouri Western alums and reside in St. Joseph with their twin son and daughter.
Year-By-Year Career Record and Postseason
2013: 16-15, 9-7 MIAA MIAA First Round
2014: 22-8, 16-6 MIAA MIAA First Round
2015: 21-10, 12-6 MIAA
2016: 17-15, 9-9 MIAA MIAA First Round
2017: 25-11, 16-2 MIAA Finals, NCAA Central Region 2nd Round
2018: 15-17, 7-11 MIAA MIAA First Round
Total : 101-59, 62-30
MIAA Coach of the Year – 2017
NCAA Regional Appearances - 2017, Second Round
MIAA Championships – 2017 Regular Season (Co-Champions)
All-MIAA – 27
All-Americans – Erica Rottinghaus, 2014
MIAA Freshman – Ali Tauchen, 2017