While her playing career may have ended, Carolyn O’Dwyer never left the court.
The Calgary, Alberta native had an impressive run as a player, dating back to her time at the club level with Dinos Volleyball. With Dinos, she helped them to three national championships from 2010-2012. In that time, she also played with the Alberta beach volleyball provincial team and the Canadian Junior National team.
After her club experience, she started her university career at Mount Royal University where she won Canada West “Rookie of the Year” and led the squad to a fourth-place finish. In 2013, she ended her provincial team experience with a gold medal victory at the Canada Games.
Upon graduation in 2015, O’Dwyer wasted no time in staying close to the court, becoming an assistant coach with SAIT Women’s Volleyball and the head coach for Dinos at the 16U, 17U, and 18U levels. In 2017, she took another step forward, as the head coach for the Team Alberta U17 women and assistant at the University of Alberta, where she remains today.
Volleyball Canada recently had a chance to talk with O’Dwyer about her coaching career and some thoughts on coaching in the sport.