Kindra Gillen joined the University of Notre Dame volleyball program as an assistant coach in February 2019 and enters her second season with the Irish in 2020.
In her first season with the Irish, Gillen helped Notre Dame earn a 19-10 mark and return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Gillen came to Notre Dame after spending a season as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming, where she helped the Cowgirls earn their second consecutive postseason berth — an accomplishment that hasn’t been done by a Wyoming volleyball team since 1989-90 — and first 20-win season since 2015.
Before joining Wyoming, Gillen spent a season at Liberty University where she helped the Lady Flames to the Big South Volleyball Championship semifinals. Before her time at Liberty, she was an assistant coach during the 2016 season at Nicholls State for what was her first collegiate coaching experience.
Hailing from Eaton, Colo., Gillen was a two-time (2009, 2010) second team AVCA All-American at the University of Washington. She also earned back-to-back All-Pac 10 and All-Pacific Region honors as both a junior and senior. In her final year, Gillen recorded a team-high 471 kills to help Washington reach the NCAA Elite Eight. She also helped guide the Huskies to the Elite Eight and a No. 5 national ranking as a sophomore in 2008.
She left her mark on Washington’s career record book. She currently ranks fourth in career points (1,470), seventh in career points per set (4.22) and ninth in both career kills (1,251) and kills per set (3.59).
Gillen also played professionally in Puerto Rico, France, Greece and Germany. While in Germany, she was the fourth overall scorer during the 2014-15 German season and voted MVP in several matches.
Gillen also trained with the U.S. National Team in 2011 and 2013 and served as head coach of the T-Street Volleyball Club, where she led an under-16 team to a bronze division first-place finish in 2011 and guided a under-15 team to a bronze division third-place finish in 2013.
Gillen graduated from Washington in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in comparative history of ideas. The former Kindra Carlson is married to Brett Gillen.