Women's Volleyball


Katelin  Batten
Katelin Batten

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Colorado State, '10

Sixth season


Batten Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Katelin Batten has been with the Pioneers the last six years


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Junior right-side looking for spot on Team USA


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Fall season signaled first year for Pioneers under direction of head coach Tom Hogan


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The Pioneer volleyball team program is making a difference in the community by working with an organization call Reading Partners


Season Preview: A View From Training Camp

Katelin Batten completed her sixth season at DU in 2017, helping the Pioneers to their sixth-straight winning season, 17th in program history, along with a fourth-straight Summit League regular season title, Summit League Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

After the 2017 season, Batten was promoted to associate head coach.

In 2017, Denver amassed a 23-6 record, reaching the 20 win mark for the fourth time in as many years. Batten spearheaded the team to a second-consecutive year of holding opponents to a .171 hitting rate,which ranked 39th nationally, and a defense that was credited with 2.31 blocks per set. DU led The Summit League in total blocks (236) and blocks per set. Under her guidance, Emma Willis led the league in total blocks (117), assisted blocks (108) and blocks per set (1.15) and Tina Boe was third in assisted blocks (91), tied for sixth in total blocks with 97 and sixth in blocks per set (.97).  Both Willis and Boe were nationally ranked in the categories of total blocks and blocks per set. Willis was named to the all-league and all-tournament team and Boe earned a spot on the all-freshman team as a result of their efforts.  

After the 2016 campaign, DU recorded its third-straight season with at least 20 wins behind a 23-8 record, including its third consecutive Summit League titles in the regular season and tournament, to earn the program's third berth to the NCAA Tournament against Stanford. As defensive coordinator, Batten guided the Pioneers to a .171 defensive efficiency, fourth-best in school history and 35th in the NCAA, featuring 2.44 blocks per set with their best performance coming on Sept. 3 against [20] Loyola Marymount when Denver took a four-set victory behind 19 blocks. DU finished ranked 57th in the NCAA with 282.5 total blocks.

The Pioneers had an even better look at Hamilton Gymnasium, amassing a 14-1 record while limiting opponents to a .132 hitting efficiency behind 2.76 blocks per set under Batten's guidance. 

Denver leveraged its dominant look on defense on multiple occasions, limiting opponents below a .200 hitting efficiency on 21 occasions, inluding a streak of 11 Summit League matches where opponents failed to record a higher mark from Oct. 1 to Nov. 4,and kept opponents under .100 in seven matches, the best coming against Marist on Aug. 27 (.000)

In 2015, Denver capped off its second 27-win season with its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament, finishing 27-8 on the season. The Pioneers faced No. 5 seed Washington after winning The Summit League Championship and earning The Summit League regular season title with a 13-3 record.

The Pioneers wrapped up a history-making season in 2014 going 13-3 in Summit League play and 27-7 overall. The 2014 team won both the regular season and conference tournament titles and earned the program's first automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Batten led the Pioneer defense to a conference best 16.18 digs-per-set average with libero Kate Acker earning All-Summit League honors.

In 2013 Batten and the Pioneers matched their 2012 win total finishing second in Summit League regular season play. During the 2013 conference tournament, the Pioneers came from two-sets down to beat South Dakota in the Summit League Semifinals to advance to the program's first ever league final. Denver narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to IUPUI in the conference tournament championship match. In their senior campaigns, Brea Muhle and Colleen King both earned All-Summit League, AVCA All-Region, and AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. Muhle also finished the season ranked 6th in the NCAA in Hitting Percentage.

In her first season as assistant, Batten helped Denver to a 17-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Pioneers one and only season in the Western Athletic Conference. She worked closely with the Pioneers libero corps of Kate Acker, Sammy Berger and Kelly Morton, guiding them to a 14.7 digs per set average.

Batten also works heavily within the USA Volleyball High Performance Pipeline. Most recently, Batten led the USA Youth A1 White to a silver medal in the women's international division at the High Performance Championships. She also helped train the youth national team before the World Championships. In 2015 Batten served as an assistant coach on the Youth A1 Red Team at the USA High Performance Championships, winning a bronze medal in the International Women's division. In 2014 she assisted in training the USA Junior National and Youth National Teams before the NORCECA championships in which a gold and silver medal were won respectively. She also served as a coach during the 2013 and 2014 USA HP Holiday Camps and was the featured coach in USA Volleyball's March 2014 blog.

Batten came to DU with a wealth of playing experience after playing four years at Colorado State University. She was also mentored by some of the greatest figures in club and youth volleyball.

Prior to joining DU, Batten was an assistant to former Ohio State head coach, Jim Stone at Front Range Volleyball Club. She also served as an assistant with the Norco Volleyball Club under former University of Nebraska head coach, Terry Pettit.

At CSU, she earned Mountain West Conference Libero of the Year honors in 2009, along with AVCA All-America and AVCA All-Region recognition. She currently holds the MWC record and CSU record for all-time career digs and helped CSU earn NCAA Tournament appearances in all four years including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2009.

She graduated with a B.A. in journalism and technical communication from Colorado State University in 2010 and an M.S. in organizational leadership from Denver in 2015.

Batten resides in Denver.


  • 2013/2014 – Associate Head Coach at USA Girls’ Select National A2 Invitational Team Program
  • 2013/2014 – Assistant coach at USA HP Holiday Camp
  • 2014 – Training coach for the Junior National Team and Youth National Team training before the FIVB NORCECA Championships
  • 2014/2015/2016 – Lead coach at USA HP Tryouts
  • 2015 – Assistant coach on USA Youth A1 Team at High Performance Championships, Bronze Medal
  • 2016 – Assistant/Head coach USA Youth A1 High Performance Championships
  • 2017– Head coach USA Youth A1 White High Performance Championships, Silver Medal
  • Featured coach in the USA Volleyball March 2014 Newsletter




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