Jolene Shepardson, who coached the 2017 San José State University women's volleyball team to its best season since 2006, signed a four-year contract extension with the Spartans. San José State Director of Athletics Marie Tuite made the announcement.
Shepardson completed her fourth season and most accomplished of her time at San José State a year ago. The Spartans finished with a 17-12 overall win-loss record -- the program's first winning season in 11 years. San Jose State had its greatest number of conference wins in a season with its 9-9 mark since joining the Mountain West in 2013. A 2017 homecourt victory over Colorado State was the Spartans' first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2001.
"Our women's volleyball program, under the direction of Jolene, has steadily improved every single year. We had our best season in many years last year winning 17 games and all signs point to more improvement in the near future," said Tuite.
"In addition, our student-athletes are competing academically, individually and collectively as a team, scoring consistently high in the NCAA's APR (Academic Progress Rates). This team is such a positive force on campus and in the community and Coach Shepardson deserves the credit for the incredible strides these last four years. I'm thrilled she and Aaron Shepardson (San Jose State's beach volleyball head coach) are committed to being Spartans and look forward to continued success."
Under Jolene Shepardson, the Spartans have 46 wins since the 2014 season compared to 43 victories the previous five years before her arrival. There are winning non-conference records every year since 2015 and three in-season tournament titles. In 2016 and 2017, San Jose State ended three lengthy Colorado State winning streaks. In 2017, the Rams came into San Jose with 31 consecutive conference triumphs and wins in 15 matches in a row. In 2016, the Spartans stopped Colorado State's 15-match winning streak.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue to build San Jose State volleyball. I am very proud of the young women who've grown so much over these past years, however we still have much to accomplish," Shepardson said.
"Our vision is that San Jose State volleyball is a program for players who have a passion for the game and a love for their team. I thank Marie Tuite and President (Mary) Papazian for their continuing support in allowing me to mentor San Jose State student athletes."
Shepardson came to San Jose State after three seasons as the CSU Bakersfield head coach. She also was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech in 2010 and American University in 2009. Shepardson graduated from the University of South Florida in 2002 with a degree in psychology.
San Jose State University ----- signed women's volleyball head coach Jolene Shepardson to a four-year contract extension.