A former four-year letterwinner for the UAB volleyball program, Casey Ouren enters her first season as an assistant coach for the sand volleyball program. Ouren has spent the last three falls as an assistant for Kerry Messersmith for the indoor volleyball squad.
In addition to on-court coaching, she is also charged with running the Kerry Messersmith Volleyball Camps at UAB. Ouren completed her playing career in 2008 with the second-highest career hitting percentage (.333) in school history. She also ranks ninth in school annals with 1,284 career kills.
"It's always nice to have someone who has played for you as an assistant coach because they understand what you're looking for," UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith said. "Casey has a huge amount of loyalty to UAB because that's where she earned her degree. We couldn't be luckier to have Casey. She's very, very good."
She has been a part of five winning seasons in her previous six campaigns as a player and a coach, including three 20-win seasons during her playing career. As a senior in 2008, Ouren posted a career-best .365 hitting percentage on her way to first-team All-Conference USA honors and honorable mention AVCA All-Midwest Region recognition. She also was also named second-team all-conference as a junior in 2007.
Ouren helped the Blazers to 92 wins in her four seasons and was a part of UAB's first Conference USA tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance in 2006.
In 2008, she played a key role on another postseason team as the Blazers won their first ever NCAA tournament match. A three-time Conference USA All-Academic Team selection, Ouren also achieved a high level of success away from the court. She received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors three times in her career, twice being named to the third team and once to the first team.
Ouren graduated in 2009 with a double major in financial management and financial investments and institutions. She is working on her master's degree in sport administration.
The former Casey Dent was married to Chris Ouren in January, 2012.