PUEBLO, Colo. (December 15, 2015) – After five seasons at the helm of the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball program, Jen Gomez has resigned as head coach to pursue another coaching position. A national search for the 12th coach in CSU-Pueblo program history will begin immediately.
"Jen has done a fantastic job here at CSU-Pueblo," said CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda. "From a player, to assistant coach, to head coach, Jen has represented the department and the school with class and we wish her the best of luck."
"I'd like to thank CSU-Pueblo, Coach Folda, President Lesley Di Mare and the rest of Pack Athletics for taking me and my family into the Pack," Gomez said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to spend five years at my alma mater with all the great student-athletes I've been fortunate to coach. I'm confident that the volleyball program is headed in the right direction and it will continue its climb. I wish the university and athletic department the best of luck in the future. My family and I will really miss this place."
In five seasons with CSU-Pueblo, Gomez amassed a record of 68-75, with a record of 32-40 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. This past season she led the Pack to an 11-16 (9-9 RMAC) record and their second consecutive RMAC Tournament appearance. This marked the first time since 1996-97 that the Pack had reached back-to-back RMAC Tournaments.
Gomez also coached Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) and Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) to All-RMAC First Team honors in each of the last two seasons. Lattin also received RMAC Defensive Player of the Year honors each of the last two seasons, making her the first player in school history to receive conference player of the year honors. Under Gomez' guidance, Lattin received all-region and CCA All-America Honorable Mention recogonition.
Gomez coached her players to six all-conference nods, while Lattin's all-region award was the first time a member of the ThunderWolves earned the honor since 1999.
During Gomez' tenure, CSU-Pueblo gathered 24 academic conference honors, which included three Academic All-RMAC First Team players. Mikala Morris (R-So., Tempe, Ariz.) received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season, making Morris the second of Gomez' players to earn this honor. Kacy Griffin was the first, as she went on to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2013.
Over the past five seasons, Pack volleyball players set seven single-game and four single-season records. The Pack also matched a school-record when they won 16 consecutive home sets this season.
Gomez, formerly Jen Salmans, was an assistant coach with the ThunderWolves from 2000-04 after playing for the Pack from 1998-99.
As a player, 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, Kansas.
Gomez, a 2001 graduate of CSU-Pueblo with a degree in exercise science, achieved her Master's in health and human performance from Fort Hays State University in 2005.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.