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Carroll Hires Champion Volleyball Coach

Apr 04, 2014 08:32AM ● By Anonymous

Southlake Carroll hired five-time champion volleyball coach to lead the Lady Dragons.

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Ryan Mitchell will take over the Carroll Lady Dragons after building Lovejoy High School into a state powerhouse, making him one of the state’s premier volleyball coaches, according to

Lovejoy High School won five consecutive state championships in Class 3A and 4A over seven seasons under Mitchell’s leadership.

Mitchell went 315-41 at Lovejoy and led the program to its first state title in 2008, igniting a run of dominance in 3A. Mitchell earned numerous state and national accolades throughout Lovejoy High School’s four consecutive 3A titles. 

In 2008, Mitchell was named Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year and in 2011 he was selected as the NFHS National High School of the Year.

“We are very excited about Coach Mitchell joining the Dragon Family and replicating the legacy that he built at Lovejoy ISD in Southlake,” said Kevin Ozee, Carroll Athletics Director. “I’d like to thank our interview committee, current players, principals, and administration as this hire was a true team effort. We had one of the most talented candidate pools for the head volleyball position that I have ever seen for a coaching search and that is a credit to Carroll ISD, our coaches, and our student-athletes’ commitment to excellence.”

The Lady Dragons are coming off their first trip to the state tournament in Class 5A. Carroll was a 5A state semifinalist and went 48-2.

Following the season, district officials announced that head coach Arthur Stanfield would not return after his five seasons with Carroll. 

The Dragons made two state tournament appearances in the program’s history — 1998 and 2003.