Caren Kemner is in her sixth season as the head coach of the Culver-Stockton College women's volleyball team.
Kemner has led the Wildcats to two winning seasons in five years, including a pair of 22-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014. She has led the Wildcats to the postseason four of her five years, including the semifinals of the Heart of America Athletic Conference in 2014. Kemner has a 78-82 overall record in her five seasons. Under Kemner, the Wildcats have gone from seven victories in 2011 to 17 in 2012 and 22 victories in 2014 and 2015.
In Kemner's first five seasons, her teams have produced 17 Heart of America Athletic Conference all-league selections, including Kamrin Gold being named Player and Attacker of the Year in 2014. In addition, Casey Giovanazzi was named Setter of the Year in 2014 under Kemner's watch, and Gold earned All-America honors in 2013 (3rd team) and 2014 (2nd team) and 2015 (honorable mention).
Kemner also had 18 players named NAIA Scholar-Athletes and the program was named a NAIA Scholar-Team all five years that Kemner has been on the bench. The volleyball team posted the highest GPA among all athletic programs at Culver-Stockton in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016 finishing second in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Kemner spent 15 years as a member of the United States National Team, which included three Olympics and an Olympic Bronze Medal. Once considered the best volleyball player in the world, Coach Kemner played in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, before spending two years playing in the Italian Professional League, Telcom-Milan. In her return to the National Team in 1990, she helped her team win a bronze medal at the World Championships. In 1991, she was named the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) most valuable player (MVP), and was the most outstanding player at the 1991 World Cup. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Coach Kemner helped Team USA win a bronze medal by compiling a team-high 127 kills and seven aces. In 1993, she spent two years playing for Brazilian team Atletico Sorocaba before playing professionally in Japan for two years (1994-1995). In 1995, Coach Kemner helped her team win Gold at the World Grand Prix, before playing in her last Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
Kemner was named one of the top 35 U.S. volleyball players of all-time by Volleyball Magazine in 2011, coming in at number 26. She was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Coach Kemner's pervious coaching experience includes serving as the head coach at her alma mater Quincy Notre Dame High School for two seasons. She led the team to a 43-27 record including a 24-10 campaign and regional championship in 2010. Coach Kemner is also the director of the Riverfront Athletic Association.
Coach Kemner is a native of Quincy, Illinois. She is a six-time recipient of the United States Olympic Committee Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year and a five-time winner of Team USA MVP award. She was also nominated for the Sullivan Award, which is the top amateur athlete in the United States. In addition to her National Team achievements, she helped her high school Quincy Notre Dame win two consecutive state titles. She played two seasons at the University of Arizona where she was named to the All-American team and the Pac-10 All-Conference team her sophomore season. She is a member of the University of Arizona and Quincy Notre Dame Athletic Halls of Fame.
Daniel Cabrera was named men’s and women’s assistant volleyball coach at Culver-Stockton in August 2016.
Cabrera, a native of Chicago, Ill., previously coached high school volleyball in Chicago at Jones College Prep in 2015 and Resurrection College Prep in 2014. In addition, he coached the Chicago Elite Volleyball Club for two years where his girls’ team won the Chicago Crosstown Classic Championship.
Cabrera prepped at Saint Patrick High School in Chicago where he helped the Shamrocks earn the school’s first state volleyball tournament appearance in 2009, earning a fourth place finish. During that season, Cabrera was given the East Suburban Catholic Conference Coaches Award.
After high school, Cabrera signed with Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo., where he served as team captain his senior season. Cabrera earned a bachelor’s degree in history from HLGU in 2014.