Texas high school athletics powerhouse Southlake Carroll in suburban Dallas has hired Teresa Dunn as its new head women’s volleyball coach. Dunn, a former assistant at the school, returns to the program after 1 season as the head coach at 5A Midlothian High.
In her one year at Midlothian, she led the team to a 30-14 record and a berth in the regional quarterfinals.
Carroll plays in 6A, the classification for the state’s biggest schools, and finished last year 38-8 under Ryan Mitchell. They too lost in the regional quarterfinals, albeit in the larger classification. Mitchell is one of the state’s legendary volleyball coaches: in 4 seasons at Southlake Carroll, the team had a 168-23 record (.880 winning percentage).
Last season, Southlake Carroll was ranked as high as #6 nationally by the USA Today, and a year prior they were a 6A regiona finalist.
Mitchell leaves to return to Class 5A Lovejoy ISD, where he led Lovejoy High School to 5 consecutive state championships from 2008-2012. There he will act as a leadership coordinator and an assistant volleyball coach and a “leadership coordinator” for grades K-12. Mitchell told the Dallas Morning News that he and his family were building a home on a piece of land they own in Lovejoy. He was also drawn by the opportunity to get into administration, saying “Leadership is probably my second wheelhouse behind volleyball, and something I’m really passionate about.”
Lovejoy was the 5A State Championship in 2014 under new coach Jason Nicholson, and appeared in the state final 4 in both 2015 and 2016.
Southlake Carroll has 4 players from their senior class of 2018 alone committed to play Division I volleyball.
- Asjia O’Neal, who will play indoors at Texas (daughter of former NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal, sat out her senior season of high school volleyball)
- Sabrina Monaco, who will play indoors at SFA
- Kate Privett, who will play for NCAA runners-up Florida State beach
- Abby Carroll, who will play for South Carolina beach