Pack alumnus Gomez named CSU-Pueblo head volleyball coach

Pack alumnus Gomez named CSU-Pueblo head volleyball coach

CSU-Pueblo alumnus, former Pack assistant returning to Pueblo.

PUEBLO, Colo. ( - Dec. 22, 2010) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball program will be led by a decorated alumnus in 2011, as former CSU-Pueblo assistant coach and current Oklahoma City University head coach, Jen Gomez, has been named the ThunderWolves' head volleyball coach, the CSU-Pueblo Department of Athletics announced Wednesday.

Gomez, formerly Jen Salmans, was an assistant coach with the ThunderWolves from 2000 to 2004 after playing for the Pack from 1998 to 1999. She been the head coach at Oklahoma City University since 2006 where she took over an OCU volleyball program that had been dormant from 1981 to 2005. Gomez immediately turned the Stars into a winner, going 26-8 and making an NAIA regional tournament appearance.

Over her five seasons at the helm of OCU, Gomez was 134-60, leading the Stars to the 2010 Sooner Athletic Conference title and the school's first ever NAIA Championships appearance.  She has led the Stars to at least the NAIA regionals three of her five seasons at Oklahoma City, including four 20-win seasons and two 30-win seasons.  She also coached the program's first ever All-American, Xiaoting Ma, who was named All-American three times and earned first-team honors in 2010.

Prior to being named head coach at Oklahoma City, she was the assistant volleyball coach at Angelo State (Tex.) University for two seasons, and was the assistant coach at CSU-Pueblo prior to that.  In all, she has a total of 11 seasons of collegiate coaching experience.

As a player at CSU-Pueblo, she was an All-RMAC selection, as well as the CSU-Pueblo (then-University of Southern Colorado) Female Athlete of the Year in 2000.  Prior to CSU-Pueblo, she was an NJCAA All-American at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.

"We believe Jen brings a strong resume of intensity, winning and leadership to our volleyball program," CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics, Joe Folda, said.  "As an alumnus, she also has a deep passion for our program and a high knowledge of Pueblo and the Colorado area."

"I'm thrilled to come back to my alma mater," Gomez said.  "To be named the head coach of a program that I left seven years ago is a really special thing.  I can't wait to get started."

Gomez will officially begin her duties as the head coach on Jan. 10, 2011, in time for Spring 2011 classes to begin at the University.