The 2017 season marks the fourth year with Jolene Shepardson at the helm San José State University women's volleyball program.
Over the past three seasons, the Spartans have shown improvement during Shepardson’s tenure. The team has recorded a winning non-conference record each of the past two seasons and won the Spartan Invitational in 2016. The Spartans upset Colorado State, 3-2, during the 2016 season to end the Rams 31 Mountain West match-winning streak.
In the classroom, the team has earned 12 Mountain Scholar Athlete accolades and 22 Academic All-Mountain West honors in three years. Jamie Hirai and Julie Sam have been honored as first team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Shepardson took over the program at Bakersfield in 2011 season and coached a 0-31 team in 2010 to an 8-18 record in her first year. The improved number of 10.5, determined by adding the difference in victories between the two seasons to the difference in losses and dividing by two, was the sixth-best improvement in the NCAA. The 2012 team continued the upward progression, finishing with a 14-17 record in the team's final season as an NCAA Division I Independent.
Her 2013 team ended the season with a 21-12 overall record and 12-4 mark in the Western Athletic Conference, setting a school record for the most wins in a season. The team finished second in the WAC regular-season standings and advanced to the championship match of the WAC Tournament. Three Roadrunners earned first or second team All-WAC honors for their play, and four players received Academic All-WAC honors.
Shepardson spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. The Hokies played in their first NCAA Tournament match in school history that season and advanced to the second round to play eventual national champion Penn State. Two Virginia Tech players earned All-America honors (Felicia Willoughby and Cara Baarendse).
Prior to her time at Tech, Shepardson was an assistant coach at recruiting coordinator at American University in 2009, coached with Front Range Volleyball Club in Colorado from 2006-08 and was a volunteer assistant coach at Winthrop (2005) and at Regis University (2004-05).
As a collegiate player at the University of South Florida, the former Jolene Patton helped the Bulls win two Conference USA Regular-Season Co-Championships (2000 and 2002) and make two NCAA Tournament appearances those seasons. The 2002 team advanced to the second round of the tournament, sweeping Florida State in the first round before losing to host Florida 3-1.
Shepardson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2002 with a degree in psychology. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer.
She and her husband, Aaron, have two daughters Mirabelle (5) and Marielle (2) and a son McCoy (3).
Shepardson's Coaching Record
|2013||21-12||12-4||Bakersfield - 2nd Place WAC Regular Season
Runners-Up WAC Tournament
|2014||4-27||1-17||San José State|
|2015||13-18||5-13||San José State|
|2016||12-18||5-13||San José State|
|3 years||29-63||11-43||San José State|
The Shepardson Family: Marielle, Aaron, McCoy, Jolene & Mirabelle.