Renee Gillen was raised in Caroga Lake, NY. She was drawn to the sport of volleyball during Caroga Lake Volleyball Club’s inception and played under the helm of Jim Gabeler. Inspired to grow her talents, Renee played with the club for seven years. This experience assisted her as a four year varsity student athlete at Johnstown High School, where she led her team in two sectional class B titles, one class B regional title and one state semi-finalist spot. In addition to being named MVP and a 1st team all star for JHS, Renee was honored by being selected to play with an elite group of athletes in the Adirondacks for three consecutive years at the Empire State Games.
After high school, Renee committed to play for St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH on scholarship. Within two years, she had earned a top 5 spot in every stat, with the exception of assists, and was the team’s MVP her sophomore year. Renee’s collegiate career came to a halt as she suffered a back injury that would not allow her to return to play.
Renee’s passion for the sport was not easily swayed by injury as she became the assistant coach then head coach for the Men’s Club Team at St. Anselm College. In 2000, Renee returned to NY and coached juniors with the Caroga Lake Volleyball Club. In addition to coaching club, Renee has spent several seasons coaching high school at Fonda Fultonville and Broadalbin-Perth. During her first season as the Broadalbin-Perth varsity coach, her team brought home the Section 2 class B title, class B Regional title and earned the class B state semi-finalist spot.
Renee has also officiated volleyball for both the Mohawk (2001-2018) and Utica (2015-current) boards.
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