University of Hawai'i head men's volleyball coach Charlie Wade announced former Warrior Sean Carney has joined the program as assistant coach. Carney replaces Vernon Podlewski, who spent two seasons with the program, and resigned to take a job in private business.
"We are thrilled to have Sean join our staff," Wade said. "He was a great player at 'Iolani and one of the best players while he was here at UH. His experience and knowledge of Hawai'i high school and club volleyball will serve him well as he tells his story to kids in the community looking to play in college. He will play a huge role in our local recruiting. He can first hand help players and parents understand the value of staying home, playing in front of family and representing Hawai'i. The two main things he shares with me are his passion for teaching the game and his passion for Warrior Volleyball."
Carney has spent the past several years coaching club volleyball and serving as an instructor at Impact Volleyball Club (Honolulu) and Elite Sports Academy (Honolulu). He's assisted with both the 'Iolani and Punahou high school varsity teams as well as coached numerous camps, including the UH men's volleyball camp from 2005-09.
The Honolulu, O'ahu native lettered for UH from 2006-09, where he finished his career with 1,747 assists, 458 digs, 167 blocks, and 52 service aces. He played the majority of his career at setter until his senior season in which he played both opposite and setter. Carney served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons.
Following his collegiate career, he played professionally in Europe for Finland's Sun Volley from 2009-11 and became the first international player to serve as captain in the club's history.
A 2004 graduate of 'Iolani School, Carney was a four-year varsity letterman who earned Honolulu Advertiser state player of the year and Interscholastic League of Honolulu co-player of the year honors as a senior in 2004. That year, he led the Raiders to both the state and ILH titles. He was a two-time second-team all-state selection and two-time recipient of the school's Eddie Hamada Award.
Carney holds a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurial studies at UH. He served as a commentator on the OC Sports broadcast of UH men's volleyball last season.