Catanach Johnson Elevated to Associate Head Coach


DURHAM- Duke volleyball head coach Jolene Nagel announced Kellie Catanach Johnson as the program’s associate head coach. Catanach Johnson is entering her fourth season with the Blue Devils, having joined the coaching staff as an assistant in June 2019.

“I am very grateful to Coach Nagel and our administration for their belief in me and their support as a person and as a professional,” said Catanach Johnson. “Duke is a special place and the Duke volleyball family is truly one of a kind. I have big shoes to fill with Patric’s. [Santiago] departure because he was an incredible coach, mentor and friend, but I’m confident we can continue the great things we started. I truly believe in all that Duke volleyball can be and look forward to the opportunity to continue advancing our program to compete for championships and nurture world-changing women.”

In her role, Catanach Johnson serves as the Recruitment Coordinator and assists with all aspects of training and program administration. In the spring of 2022, she was a member of Duke Athletics’ DEIB Membership Subcommittee and in 2021, she was named the winner of the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award.

“It gives me great pride and happiness to announce Kellie as Associate Head Coach,” Nagel said. “It is very special for me and Duke Athletics to announce one of our former student-athletes in this role. Her wealth of experience goes far beyond her actual years coaching on the field. in a volleyball gym, the daughter of a hall renowned coach, an All-American setter who led us to a regional final at Duke and a Duke graduate are experiences that make her unique in this role. benefits daily from her wisdom to have walked in their shoes. She continues to be a student of the game and her desire for Duke volleyball to be excellent on all fronts burns within. I am grateful to partner with Kellie to lead our program.

A four-year letter winner and three-time All-American, Catanach competed at Duke from 2008-2011, receiving All-ACC recognition in the four years of her college career and ACVA honors her final three seasons. She helped the Duke volleyball team win two ACC championships in 2008 and 2010. The Blue Devils made NCAA Tournament appearances in her four seasons, advancing to the second round in 2008 and the round of eight in 2010.

As a junior, Catanach was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, becoming the seventh Duke player to earn the honor. The Tampa, Fla. native finished his career ranked ninth in the ACC’s all-time assists rankings, while also becoming the third Blue Devil to post at least 1,000 assists in all four seasons. and as team captain for his final two years.

Catanach returns to Durham from Florida State University, where she served as Director of Educational Services. In her role with the Seminoles, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Educational Services branch of the Student-Athlete Academic Services Department while acting as the Educational Services Liaison with counselors and members of the leadership team. . Catanach also earned a graduate degree from FSU in 2015, with a Master of Science in Sports Management.

She is originally from Tampa, Florida, and resides in Durham with her husband, former Duke football student-athlete Dezmond Johnson, and their dog Bentley.

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