Arkansas Volleyball Camps
Carol Price-Torok was promoted to associate head coach of the University of Arkansas volleyball team prior to the 2013 season, having spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach. The Fenton, Mich., native will also continue in her role as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Additionally, Price-Torok’s duties include film breakdown, match preparation and camp coordination.
With Price-Torok on the bench, the Razorback volleyball team increased its win total in four-consecutive seasons and earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Since the 2008 season, Price-Torok’s first at Arkansas, the program has tallied five AVCA All-America accolades, eight AVCA All-South Region certificates and 13 All-SEC honors including SEC Freshman of the Year for Jasmine Norton in 2009 and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Amanda Anderson in 2012.
On the recruiting front, Price-Torok has spearheaded the addition of seven top-100 players to his roster in the past three seasons with Liz Fortado (No. 75) and Ana Sofia Jusino (79) in 2011, the trio of Breana Jones (52), Danielle Harbin (78) and Megan Mollett (97) in 2012, and 2013 recruits Shelby Harper (93) and Sophie Bethke (95). The past two recruiting seasons have produced top-30 PrepVolleyball rankings with the 2012 class earning the top spot among SEC teams and the No. 16 ranking in the country, the highest in program history.
The team's NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013 marked the Razorbacks' first back-to-back selections since the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2012, Arkansas posted a 22-10 overall record and a 13-7 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The program’s 20-win season is its first since 2005. Each win total also marked highs for the program under Price-Torok and head coach Robert Pulliza.
The Razorbacks finished the 2012 season in second place in the SEC Western Division and fifth in the overall conference rankings. Arkansas had a No. 32 ranking in the season’s final RPI ranking. Pulliza and Price-Torok have guided the program to an improvement of more than 100 spots in the RPI with the program ranked No. 140 when the two arrived in Fayetteville prior to the 2008 season.
Price-Torok is also responsible for Arkansas’ defensive efforts. The Razorbacks finished the 2013 season ranked fourth in the SEC with 2.47 blocks per set, the highest figure for Arkansas during Price-Torok's time in Fayetteville. She helped Jusino (1.17 b/s) and Summer Morgan (0.90 b/s) finish fifth and 13th, respectively, in blocks per set during the 2013 season.
In 2012, Arkansas held opponents to a .188 hitting percentage and averaged 14.97 digs per set. Both figures were good for sixth in the SEC. During the 2011 season, Arkansas finished second as a team in the league with 2.42 blocks per set and third in the conference by holding opponents to a .187 hitting percentage. In 2011, Price-Torok helped Kasey Heckelman, playing her first season as a middle blocker, finish fourth in the SEC with 1.03 blocks per set.
Price-Torok came to Arkansas after two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. While at UTSA, she helped the Roadrunners to successes both in and out of the gym. During her tenure, six players earned All-Southland Conference honors, including first-team performers Connie Picard and Victoria Prior. In addition to UTSA’s accomplishments on the court, Price-Torok assisted the Roadrunners with five selections to the SLC All-Academic Team.
Her coaching career began in 2005 as an assistant coach at Southeastern University in Georgetown, Texas. She aided the Pirates to a 36-5 record, the team’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title in recent years and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Price-Torok played collegiately at Texas A&M from 2000-03. A two-year starter as an outside hitter for the Aggies, she earned the team’s Most Improved Player award as a junior. She went on to earn Best Offensive Player honors as a senior after moving to middle blocker. During Price-Torok’s playing career, Texas A&M advanced to the Regional Final in 2001 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2003.
In addition to volleyball, Price-Torok was a center on the Aggies women’s basketball team during the 2003-04 season.
Price-Torok is a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. The former Carol Price married Matt Torok in December 2008, and the coupled welcomed their first child, Jaxen, in January 2013. The family resides in Fayetteville.
Director of Volleyball Operations
Blaire Hiler begins her third year as the director of operations for the University of Arkansas volleyball team. Hiler joined the Razorback staff in February 2012. In her role as director of volleyball operations, Hiler is responsible for handling daily team functions and coordinating team travel. She also serves as the camp coordinator for Arkansas volleyball camps.
The Razorbacks have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of Hiler’s two years at Arkansas. Along with her role with the University of Arkansas, Hiler is involved with local club volleyball as the head coach of the Ozark Juniors 17-2 team.
Prior to joining the Razorbacks, she was a volleyball customer service rep with Nfinity Athletics and was a four-year volleyball letterwinner at the University of Kentucky from 2007-10.
During her playing career, Hiler helped Kentucky to four NCAA Tournament appearances including a run to the regional semifinal in the 2009 season. She finished her career with four all-tournament selections and established career highs during her senior season of 18 kills and seven total blocks at Georgia and 14 digs against Kansas State.
Hiler is familiar with Razorback head coach Robert Pulliza as he was the associate head coach with Kentucky during part of her playing career Lexington. Recruited by Pulliza, she was part of his 2007 recruiting class that was ranked as the No. 8 incoming group in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
A native of New Washington, Ohio, she is the daughter of Jerry Hiler and Amber Christy, and has two siblings, Nate Hiler and Bryce Christy. She played her prep volleyball at Buckeye Central High School where she holds the school records for career kills and blocks. Hiler was a three-time all-state selection during her prep career.
Ben Boldt joined the Arkansas volleyball staff as an assistant coach in January 2014. He previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa and University of Alabama. In recognition of his work on the sidelines, Boldt was part of the inaugural AVCA Thirty Under 30 Awards class in 2009.
Boldt spent the past five seasons in the Big Ten Conference as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Iowa. During his time in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes collected three wins over ranked opponents with victories over No. 12 Purdue in 2012, No. 16 Michigan in 2010 and No. 18 Michigan State in 2009. The team also racked up two Big Ten Player of the Week awards and earned 29 Academic All-Big Ten selections during his tenure.
Individually, Boldt oversaw the development of libero Bethany Yeager who finished her collegiate career with 2,007 digs to become the first player in program history eclipse the 2,000-dig mark. She joined the program in Boldt's second season at Iowa and went on to break the school record in digs and finished ranked sixth all-time in the Big Ten.
Boldt is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference having spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Alabama. The Crimson Tide were selected to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 after finished third in the SEC Western Division with a 12-8 record in conference play.
During his two-year stay in Tuscaloosa, Boldt helped coached Alabama players to two AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors, three All-SEC selections and 21 SEC Academic Honor Roll spots. He was also part of a staff that brought in Alabama's first top-30 recruiting class in program history. Following his final season at Alabama, Boldt was recognized by the AVCA as a Thirty Under 30 recipient.
Boldt spent five years as a staff assistant at the University of Nebraska where he earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2005. During his time with the Cornhuskers, he saw the team claim five Big 12 titles, make three National Semifinal appearances and win an NCAA title in 2006.
In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, Boldt has previous ties to the USA National Team program as a coach with the Youth National Team in 2005-06 and National A2 Team in 2004. At the club level, he most recently served as the head coach for the Iowa Rockets with additional head coach duties for the Challenger Volleyball Club in 2000-04 and Nebraska Juniors in 2005-06.
Boldt is married to Angie Boldt who has previous experience as an assistant coach and director of operations at Iowa.
A trainer will be available at the gym for all camp sessions.