Jan. 9, 2018
DENVER— University of Denver women’s volleyball head coach Tom Hogan has promoted Katelin Batten to associate head coach, as announced Tuesday.
Batten recently completed her sixth season at DU, helping the Pioneers to their sixth-straight winning season, the 17th in program history, along with a fourth-straight Summit League regular season title, Summit League Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Denver amassed a 23-6 record in 2017, reaching the 20 win mark for the fourth time in as many years, and has achieved a record of 134-56 throughout her six years with the Pioneers.
“Katelin has helped transform this program from when we first stepped foot on DU’s campus six years ago,” said the second year head coach Hogan. “Much of our team’s past, current and future success can be attributed to her hard work, and we are very fortunate to have her here for years to come.”
As Hogan stated, since she arrived on campus, the Pioneers have steadily grown in all areas that Batten has coached.
Primarily in charge of defense, 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 in the 2017 season.
Under her guidance, junior middle blocker Emma Willis led the league in total blocks (117), assisted blocks (108) and blocks per set (1.15) and freshman middle blocker 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.
In 2016, Denver leveraged its dominant look on defense on multiple occasions, limiting opponents below a .200 hitting efficiency on 21 occasions, including a streak of 11 Summit League matches where opponents failed to record a higher mark, and kept opponents under .100 in seven matches, with the best coming against Marist on Aug. 27 (.000). DU finished that season with a 23-9 record, and finished ranked 35th in opponent’s hitting percentage in the NCAA and 57th with 282.5 total blocks. In Hamilton Gymnasium that year, the Pioneers limited opponents to a .132 hitting efficiency behind 2.76 blocks per set.
Denver was ranked 38th nationally in opponent’s hitting percentage in 2015 with a rate of .174 in 2015 as well.
Batten was part of the staff that started the upward trajectory of success with the volleyball program. She was on the coaching staff of the 2014 team that 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 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 Acker, Sammy Berger and Kelly Morton, guiding them to a 14.7 digs per set average.
“I am honored to be named the associate head coach at Denver,” said Batten. “I want to thank Peg Bradley-Doppes, Tom Hogan and the athletic administration for this opportunity and for their guidance and mentorship. Denver is a special place to be and I am looking forward to building upon our current success and taking the next step as a program.”
Along with leading the defense, Batten serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Pioneers as well.
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 a M.S. in organizational leadership from Denver in 2015.
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