Head Coach: Heidi Luehmann Jaynes (17th season)
Career Record at Carleton: 235-190 (16 seasons)
Phone: (507) 222-4447
• Carleton College, 1999–present
• American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Central Region Coach of the Year in 2004
• MIAC Coach of the Year, 2003 and 2004
• Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Oklahoma, (1996–99)
• University of Oklahoma, four-year starter, middle blocker
• Second-team All-Big Eight selection, team MVP and team captain, 1995
• Four-time Academic All-Big Eight honoree Mabel-Canton High School (Minn.)
• MN All-State performer in both volleyball and basketball
• University of Oklahoma, BA in finance and international business (1996)
• University of Oklahoma, MBA (1999)
Heidi Luehmann Jaynes, the MIAC Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004 and the American Volleyball Coaches Assocation (AVCA) central region coach of the year in 2004, took over the reigns of the program in 1999 and has easily totaled the most wins in program history. She led the Knights to the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Championships and their first appearance in the national top 10 AVCA poll.
Jaynes, who recorded her 200th career victory during the 2012 season, has guided the Knights to 10 winning seasons, including eight consecutive years above .500, an unprecedented streak in Carleton volleyball history. In fact the program accumulated only nine winning seasons in the 26 years prior to her arrival on campus.
The Knights finished the 2012 season with an 18-10 overall record and nearly upset eventual national champion University of St. Thomas in the semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs. At the end of the season, the Knights were listed eighth in the NCAA regional rankings. The Knights were also “on the bubble” to receive an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA Tournament, but just missed getting the nod. In 2013, Carleton went 13-14 overall, only the third time over the last 13 seasons that the Knights did not finish above .500
During the five-year period from 2003-2007, Jaynes led the Knights to a 96-33 mark, two trips to the national tournament, and a quartet of top-three conference finishes. She led the Knights to the 2004 MIAC regular-season title and MIAC Playoff title game appearances in 2003 and 2004. The Knights were nationally ranked in 2004, rising as high as 16th in the AVCA Division III top 25, and were ranked the entire 2005 season, getting as high as ninth heading into the NCAA Championships.
When Jaynes arrived at Carleton she inherited a program that had won but 10 matches the three seasons prior to her arrival, including a grand total of one MIAC contest. She became the winningest coach in Carleton volleyball with a victory at Macalester on Sept. 17, 2008. She owns the highest career winning percentage of any Knight volleyball coach with at least four seasons at Carleton.
The 2005 season witnessed the Knights recording 22 victories for the second straight season and finishing 10-1 in conference play. The Knights were nationally ranked the entire season for the first time, ascending into the top ten for the first time, and won the school's first NCAA Tournament match in volleyball. Middle hitter Alivia Bryan '05 and libero Jamie Lykken '05 were honored as All-America honorable mention selections.
The 2004 season was one of the best in Carleton volleyball history, as Jaynes led the Knights to a 22-3 mark, 10-1 in MIAC play. Carleton’s .880 winning percentage set a new school record, as did its .909 conference winning percentage, as the Knights captured the MIAC's regular-season title. Carleton also had its first All-Americans in program history, middle blocker Beth Freeman '05 (third team) and outside hitter Katie Freeman '05 (honorable mention). The Knights won a school-record 13 consecutive matches and 27 consecutive individual games during the season and posted a 4-2 mark against nationally-ranked teams.
She previously was the assistant women's volleyball coach for three years at the University of Oklahoma, where her Division I coaching experience followed her own highly successful playing career for the Sooners. A four-year starting middle blocker, she was a second-team All-Big Eight selection and team captain in 1995, and was a four-time Academic All-Big Eight honoree. Jaynes has coached at the University of Minnesota/Nike Camps and the MVI Elite camps, was the head coach of both the Oklahoma Wind Junior Program in Oklahoma City and the Heidi Luehmann Volleyball Summer Camps in Minnesota and Alaska, and served as a volunteer assistant in athletic marketing and promotions at the University of Oklahoma.
A graduate of Mabel-Canton High School (Minn.), Jaynes was a Minnesota All-State high school player in both volleyball and basketball. She holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in finance and international business from Oklahoma.
Jaynes, who also serves as Carleton's Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women's Administrator, lives in Dundas with her husband, Andy and their daughters Sydney and Teagan.
Assistant Coach Aaron Chaput
Aaron Chaput joined the Knights coaching staff prior to the 2012 campaign. He also serves as Carleton's Assistant Director of the Recreation Center and Club Sports Director. He coached high school and club teams in the Osseo (Minn.) area for several years. Chaput played baseball at Jamestown (N.D.) College and graduated with degrees in physical education and business administration. He earned his masters degree from the University of Minnesota in recreation, park and leisure studies.
Chaput, who also serves as Carleton's Assistant Director of the Recreation Center and Club Sports Director, resides in Farmington with his wife Melissa, daughter Presley and son Lincoln.
Assistant Coach Ellie Schmidt
Ellie Schmidt '14 is in her first season on the coaching staff. She played three seasons for the Knights, missing the campaign her junior year in order to participate in an off-campus study program in Buenos Aires.