Willis named assistant volleyball coach

Willis named assistant volleyball coach

New assistant brings Division II credentials to CSU-Pueblo.

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Mar. 1, 2011) - Former Texas A&M-Kingsville assistant coach, Jordan Willis, has joined the CSU-Pueblo volleyball staff for the 2011 season, head coach Jen Gomez announced Tuesday.

Willis was an assistant at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 2007-10, where he helped lead the Javelinas to two Lone Star Conference Tournament appearances. 

He came to A&M-Kingsville after serving as the Coordinator of Club Volleyball at his alma mater, St. Mary's of California. He coached both the men's and women's club teams and led the men's team to a No. 19 national ranking in Division II Club Volleyball.

He also served as head coach at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, Calif. for four years and worked at Pinnacle Volleyball Club in Walnut Creek, Calif. for a year.

He received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's in 2002 and his master's degree in 2006. He volunteered for AmeriCorps in New York City for a year, working with youth at an inner-city high school.

Willis was a four year starting setter on the St. Mary's Club Volleyball team. He was also a three-time all-Northern California Collegiate Volleyball League selection. While an undergrad, he coached two years at St. Mary College High School.

Gomez said Willis will be a valuable assistant coach who will use his expertise as a setter to coach the Pack.

"He'll bring excitement and intensity to our team," Gomez said, "and his background as a setting coach will help us grow as we develop this program into a winning program."

Willis, who comes to CSU-Pueblo after a head coaching change at Texas A&M-Kingsville, is excited about starting fresh with the ThunderWolves.

"I'm excited about the opportunity I'm being afforded in this position," Willis said.  "I believe I bring a lot to the table, I'm passionate about the game, and I believe this is a place where we can win."