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Marina Carpenter

Marina Carpenter

Assistant Coach

17 Elite

A message from Coach Marina:
As I enter my 7th season with EVJ I will be coaching the 17 Elite team.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this highly competitive and very talented group. 

As a former EVJ Player, having played for Jen Leo, I am proud to be part of the EVJ family. I believe that volleyball teaches life lessons: discipline, work ethic and accountability. I’ve had the privilege of coaching highly successful teams competing in regional and national championships.  I look forward to putting in the effort and work with my new team this season.

Coaching Experience:

Club Volleyball

  • East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club, Phoenix, AZ
    2011-Present (Girls Head and Assistant Coach, 12's-14's, 17's)

    - 2023-2024 Girls Assistant Coach, 17 Elite
    - 2016-2017 Girls Assistant Coach, 17N1-Tempe
    - 2014-2015 Girls Head Coach, 14N1-Tempe
    2015 EVJ 14N1-Tempe National Champion Runners Up
    - 2013-2014 Girls Head Coach, 14N1-Tempe
        2014 EVJ 14-Mizuno National Champions
    - 2012-2013 Assistant Coach, 13N1-Tempe
        2013 EVJ 13-Mizuno Festival Champions
    - 2011-2012 
    Assistant Coach, 13N1-Tempe
  • Club Red, Mesa AZ
    2005-08 (Girls Head and Assistant Coach, 16's-18's)

Playing Experience:

  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (2005-2010, Setter)
    - H
    elped to lead the Sun Devils to their first NCAA appearance since 2002 in 2006
    - Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times
    - Named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team, twice

    - #2 all-time in career assists at ASU (passing her one time coach and now Club Director, Jen Leo)
  • Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ (Class of 2005)
    - F
    our varsity letters under head volleyball coach Darrin Ashmont
    Captain of the volleyball team as a junior and senior
    - Two years on the varsity basketball squad
    Mercer was named an
    AIA Scholar Athlete and received several scholar-athlete awards and the Superintendent's Citizenship Award.
  • Club Red Juniors (2002-05)
    - Played for current EVJ Coach Joe Hesse and former EVJ Coach and Player Courtney Blocher.
  • East Valley Juniors (1999-01)
    - Played for Jen Leo current EVJ Club Director

- Mercer was part of six teams that were Arizona Region Champions on the club circuit


  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    2013, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Juris Doctorate
    2008, WP Carey School of Business, summa cum laude
  • Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club, General Counsel