(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
HELENA — Carroll College Saints coach Moe Boyle announced the signing of two final recruits to her 2019 class.
Boyle signed Kylie Kackman of Colfax, Washington, and Ellie Mead of Portland, Oregon.
“I’m very excited to bring these two to Carroll College,” Boyle said. “They round out the best recruiting class we’ve ever had here.”
Kackman is a 5-foot-6 setter from Colfax High School. She served as her team’s captain this past season and became a CO-MVP of the league. She is a two-time state champion while earning all-league honors her final three years of competition. She helped Colfax win its league every season she suited up, lettering all four years.
“We’re very fortunate to sign Kylie,” Boyle said. “She’s the type of student-athlete we are proud to put on the court. She’s a quality student who brings passion and talent each and every day. We’re glad to add her hands to our offense.”
Kackman, who also played golf in high school, holds a 4.0 cumulative GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to study business and marketing while at Carroll. She also serves as the chapter president of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America program.
Carroll’s warm and welcoming atmosphere stood out to her during the recruiting process.
“When I started investigating Carroll, it was very apparent that the students and staff have high standards, which is something very important to me,” Kackman said. “When I visited, I saw specifically how volleyball was a learning environment and also competitive.”
Mead will come to Carroll by way of Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon. The 6-foot middle hitter served as her team’s captain this past season. A three-sport athlete, Mead became an all-conference honorable mention her junior and senior years in the Metro League.
“Mead comes to us from a successful and high-quality program out of Beaverton,” Boyle said. “We are fortunate to sign a talent of Ellie’s character and work ethic. She’s going to enhance an already strong group of hitters.”
Mead plans to pursue a degree in either nursing or pre-medicine while at Carroll.
“The more and more I looked into Carroll, I was taken aback by how many people I knew had a connection to the school,” Mead said. “However, the biggest factor of why I chose Carroll was because of the tight-knit community I experienced when we visited the campus in the fall of 2018.”
Mead and Kackman join a recruiting deep 2019 recruiting class for the Saints. Boyle previously signed Katie Rhodes and Katherine McEuen of Spokane, Washington, Mara Lynch of Bozeman, Montana, Madison Boles of Kalispell, Montana, and Sophia Spoja of Puyallup, Washington. Former Carroll College Saints All-American basketball player Hannah Dean will also join the volleyball team this fall as she pursues a Master’s at Carroll.