Jenna Jones has been named the head volleyball coach for Doane University, Doane athletics announced Friday.
Jones spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. This past season, she helped lead NWU’s team to a 20-win season, the most wins of the program since 2014. She also served as a coach and assistant director of Nebraska ONE, which is one of the premier club volleyball programs in Nebraska, since 2014.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a head coach somewhere and for it to happen without uprooting my family was perfect,” Jones said. “I love the size of Doane’s campus and grew up going to camps at Doane so I am very familiar with the area and the conference.”
Jones has grown up around the game of volleyball her whole life. Her mother, Diane Rouzee, was one of the most successful players and coaches in state history according to the press release.
“I’ve always thought coaching was in my genes and was something I could see myself doing for a long time,” Jones said. “It all started with my mom and growing up having her as my coach, and my dad even coached me in club. As a player, I always had an intense competitiveness and I feel like that fuels my passion for coaching. I have had the privilege of working with a lot of really great coaches starting with my time playing at UNK and then with Nebraska ONE club volleyball in Lincoln and lastly with Rayna (Cain) at NWU giving me the opportunity to work with her the last few years. All of these programs have opened so many doors, coaching relationships, and tools that I could not have accessed without them. I owe so much of my coaching knowledge and style to them."