One of the top defensive players in West Coast Conference history, Caroline Walters is in her first season as head coach of the Cal Poly volleyball program after spending the previous two season as associate head coach. Overall, Walters is in her tenth year with the program.
Prior to becoming head coach, Walters’ primary on-court responsibilities as associate head coach and assistant coach with the Mustangs include working with Cal Poly’s serve receivers and down defenders while her off-court focus is geared toward the coordination of recruiting efforts. During the summer of 2014 alone, Walters helped compile PrepVolleyball.com’s 23rd-ranked recruiting class.
During her time with the program, Walters has coached 21 All-Big West Conference selections as well as 2011 Big West Player of the Year Jennifer Keddy, 2015 Freshman of the Year Adlee Van Winden, 2017 Big West Player of the Year Taylor Nelson, and 2018 Big West Player of the Year Torrey Van Winden.
Cal Poly has also finished among the Big West's top five leaders in digs during the past three seasons and compiled a Big West-best 16.27 digs per set in 2015. Last season, Cal Poly led the Big West in kills, assists and hitting percentage.
Walters also served as Cal Poly’s interim head coach for a majority of the 2011 season.
A four-year letterwinner and three-time All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection at Santa Clara (2003-07), Walters remains second in league history with 1,932 career digs and ranks first in Bronco program history with a 4.59 career dig-per-set average.
A four-time team Defensive Most Valuable Player recipient, Walters owns four of the top five single season per-set dig marks in Santa Clara history. Walters enjoyed her top collegiate campaign as a sophomore in 2005 as her conference-leading 516 digs – the third highest single season total in Santa Clara history – helped propel the Broncos to a program-record 27 victories, a West Coast championship, a berth into the NCAA Tournament national semifinals and a final No. 4 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
With Walters in the lineup, Santa Clara posted an 84-34 overall record, a 41-15 combined West Coast mark and failed to finish lower than third in the conference standings during any of her four seasons. Walters appeared in 421 of a possible 428 sets during her career. A native of Los Gatos, Calif., Walters earned an accounting degree from Santa Clara.
Walters arrived on the Central Coast in 2009 following a year stint as an assistant coach with the 18-Blue squad of the Los Gatos-based Vision Volleyball Club where she helped with practice planning and on-court techniques and strategies.