UConn will prepare for its second season in the American Athletic Conference
First-year head coach Kris Grunwald has named Sarah Cullen and Ellen Herman as his assistants
Sarah Cullen joined the UConn coaching staff in 2014 after spending the past three seasons as an assistant at Georgetown and is entering her second season as the Huskies' assistant coach.
In her three-year stint with the Hoyas, Cullen helped mentor a pair of All-Conference performers and guided the Hoyas to a three-game improvement between her second and third seasons on staff.
Prior to her time at GU, Cullen worked for two seasons as a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. In two years at Pittsburgh, Cullen worked specifically with the defense and outside hitters. Other responsibilities included recording stats on the bench and Cullen was also instrumental with the 2011 summer camps, serving as Camp Director.
Additionally, Cullen also serves as the Assistant Director of the Connecticut Volleyball Institute.
Before she began her coaching career, Cullen spent four years as a starter on the volleyball team at DePaul University. As a Blue Demon, Cullen was named the program's Most Outstanding Player in 2009, leading the team in both kills and digs. Cullen immediately demonstrated her versatility on the court and served as DePaul's starting setter as a freshman, eventually moving back to the outside hitter position for her remaining three years. Having recorded an impressive 36 career double-doubles (kills-digs), Cullen finished her collegiate volleyball campaign with 1,151 digs, 964 kills, and 509 assists.
In the classroom, Cullen also held high academic standards while balancing collegiate athletics. She was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and the DePaul Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll all four years. She finished her undergraduate study with a 3.68 grade-point average, earning a degree in communications. During her time at Georgetown, Cullen earned her master's degree in Professional Studies in Sports Industries Management in August 2013.
Cullen was a member of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and has worked with the strength and conditioning programs at both Northwestern University and Loyola (Ill.) University.