Two seasons into his tenure in Athens, Ohio University head coach Geoff Carlston has become the most successful at his skill in Bobcat history. Named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons, Carlston has taken the Bobcat program to the next level in Division I volleyball.
Carlston began his coaching career in 1994 as head coach at Hopkins High School. In his two-year tenure, his teams went 41-17 and captured the Classic Lake Conference title both seasons. He left the high school ranks for a two-year stint in Belize as a Peace Corps volunteer but stayed close to the sport, serving as head coach of the Belize women's national team and as an assistant for the men's national team. He developed a year-round training program and helped the team finish fourth at the 1997 Central America championship when just two years earlier the program had never even won an international match. The men's team captured a silver medal at the same competition.
Upon his return to the United States, Carlston became head coach of the 17's team of the Minnesota One Junior Olympics club, which competed in the 17 Open Division at USA Nationals three straight years under his direction.