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D&E names Willis as new volleyball coach

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ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced Friday the hiring of Jordan Willis as the seventh head coach in the history of the women’s volleyball program.

A four-year starting setter at St. Mary’s College of California, Willis brings over 19 years of coaching experience to Elkins. Most recently Willis spent five seasons at Otero Junior College in Colorado, where he led the Rattlers to their first Region IX championship, a seventh-place national finish and trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament appearance in 2019.

“Jordan rose to the top of a talented candidate pool with a wide variety of coaching experiences at all levels,” Joss said. “Jordan has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for volleyball that our team was drawn to during the interview process. He has experienced success with every program he has been involved with, and we can’t wait to see him lead our program to new heights building upon the strong foundation Kylie built over the past five seasons.”

The winningest coach in OJC history by percentage, Willis posted an 89-48 (.649) mark in his four seasons. He coached Brilane Manchengo, the first All-American player in program history in addition to three other all-region first team selections.

He helped the 2018 squad to its first national ranking in program history, guiding the Rattlers up to 19th in the NJCAA Volleyball Poll.

“I am beyond thrilled to lead the Senator volleyball program,” Willis said. “I want to thank Jamie Joss, President Chris Wood and the search committee for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the D&E family. My top priority is to start developing relationships with the student-athletes, coaches, alumni and the community of Elkins. I am excited for what the future holds in store!”

Willis served as an assistant coach at Colorado State-Pueblo from 2011-16, working primarily as the team’s offensive and recruiting coordinator. CSUP earned three berths to the RMAC tournament in 2011, 2014 and 2015 while Willis was on the staff. He shared duties in scouting, breakdown of film, practice planning, management of equipment and team travel.

He spent 2007-11 seasons as an assistant coach at Texas A&M Kingsville, working extensively in recruiting and scouting while also teaching within the department of health and kinesiology at the institution. The 2007 campaign marked the first winning season for the Javelinas since 1998 as Willis was part of the second most successful coaching staff in program history.

Willis coached the men and women’s club volleyball teams at Saint Mary’s College of California from 2003-07. He developed budgeting and fundraising plans for both teams while also collaborating with staff to ensure academic success of players.

Willis earned his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Mary’s in 2002 before completing a master’s degree in physical education in 2006.

D&E is fresh off one of the top seasons in program history in 2019, posting a 19-10 overall record with a trip to the Mountain East Conference Tournament. Willis takes over for the departed Kylie Heyne, who accepted the head women’s volleyball coaching position at her alma mater Frostburg State earlier this summer.

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