Jan. 23, 2014
San José, Calif.--Jolene Shepardson, who turned around the CSU Bakersfield program in three years, accepted the San José State University women's volleyball head coach position. Spartan Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier made the announcement.
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.
"I am honored to accept this position and grateful to President Qayoumi, Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier, Senior Woman's Administrator Liz Jarnigan and the entire search committee for trusting us with the San José State volleyball program," said Shepardson. "My aim is that San José State Volleyball will be known for its passion for the game and commitment to the team. I look forward to begin the process of training and team building with the players and getting to know the San José State community. With everything San José State has to offer, I believe that the program will compete at the top of the Mountain West."
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).
"We are very thrilled that Jolene will be our next women's volleyball head coach," said Bleymaier. "She brings a wealth of volleyball experience to our program, and her proven track record as a head coach is impressive. We welcome Jolene and her family to San José State."
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 a daughter Mirabelle (2), and a son McCoy who was born on December 26, 2013.
Shepardson's Coaching Record at CSU Bakersfield
2011 8-18 --
2012 14-17 --
2013 21-12 12-4 2nd Place WAC Regular Season, Runners-Up WAC Tournament
Totals 43-47 12-4
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