Charleston elevates assistant Poole to be new head coach

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One of the top offensive players in ConfCarolinas men’s volleyball history will now be at the helm for Charleston.

Charleston announced Wednesday that Robert Poole will be the new men’s volleyball head coach.

Poole spent the last two seasons on the Charleston coaching staff and helped guide the Golden Eagles to be ranked in the national coaches poll for the first time in program history. Charleston also ended last season winning its first postseason match in program history.


“We are proud to have coach Robert Poole join us as the leader of our men’s volleyball program,” athletics director Bren Stevens said in a statement. “Rob’s extensive playing experience and expertise as a coach will undoubtedly elevate our program. Equally important, Rob’s commitment to mentorship, community service, and academic excellence perfectly matches our university’s values.”

Poole as a player was a two-time All-ConfCarolinas selection with Mount Olive. The opposite finished more than 1,000 career aces and as a senior in 2018 led the nation in aces per game average.

The England native returned to Europe after graduating from Mount Olive and played professional volleyball for three seasons.

One of Poole’s first coaching positions after his playing career was at the professional level. Pool served as an assistant coach for a team in Japan’s V-League and helped the team earn a second-place finish in the league.

Poole will replace former Charleston head coach Luke Reynolds, who announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as head coach.