PUEBLO, Colo. (February 26, 2016) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics Department announced the hiring of Jill Muhe (Mew-Hay) as CSU-Pueblo's new Head Volleyball Coach. Muhe's takes the reigns of the program effective immediately and will be leading the Pack into the 2016 season.
"I'm very excited to hire Jill Muhe to take over our volleyball program," said CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda. "She really impressed our committee throughout the interview process. I believe she has the ability to take our program to the next level."
With six seasons as a collegiate head coach under her belt, Muhe takes over a Pack volleyball program that went 11-16 in 2015. CSU-Pueblo volleyball has reached the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in each of the last two seasons.
"I'm ecstatic to be working with a program that has the experience of making the postseason," Muhe said. "I'm really looking forward to building on that experience and being able to take that next step of going deep in the RMAC tournament and beyond."
Muhe brings 10 total seasons of collegiate coaching experience to CSU-Pueblo. She has worked in college athletics since 2000.
"I'm really looking forward to being a part of this program," Muhe said. "I think there's a ton of potential here and I'm really excited to get started."
Muhe comes to CSU-Pueblo from San Francisco State University where she guided the Gators for the last three seasons. In Muhe's three seasons at San Francisco State, the Gators posted a 41- 43 record, including a 32-32 record in conference games.
During Muhe's stint in San Francisco, the Gators posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since the school joined the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Over the past three seasons, five Gators have earned all-conference nods. Muhe's Gators also won the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Team Academic Award for the first time in program history.
Prior to her time with the Gators, Muhe served as the head coach at Briar Cliff University of the NAIA from 2010-12. She led the Chargers to their first NAIA National Tournament Appearance in her first season. The Chargers had 10 all-conference selections during Muhe's three-year run and were named an NAIA Scholar Team in each of her three seasons at the helm.
Muhe played volleyball collegiately at the University of California Davis from 1993-96. The Californian received North Coast Athletic Conference MVP honors as a senior. She helped the Aggies to three conference titles in her four seasons. Muhe earned first-team All-NCAC honors and All-Southwest Region honors twice as an Aggie.
Following graduation, Muhe played on the Association of Volleyball professionals Beach Tour from 2000-2010. Muhe also worked as an athletic trainer from 2001-10, serving as the head athletic trainer for Oxnard College from 2005-10 and the staff athletic trainer for Disneyland from 2004-05.
Dedicated to the pursuit of education for her players and herself, Muhe graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science from UC Davis in 1999. She earned a Masters of Business Administration in 2001 from LaVerne University. In 2015, Muhe earned a PhD in Organizational Management from Capella University.
Respected by her peers, Muhe spoke at the 2015 AVCA Convention. She taught her fellow coaches lessons in emotional intelligence.
Muhe replaces Jen Gomez as the Pack's head coach after Gomez announced her departure in December. When she arrives on campus, Muhe will become the 12th head coach in CSU-Pueblo volleyball history.
"I would really like to thank Joe and the wonderful athletic staff here for the opportunity to be the new volleyball coach at CSU-Pueblo." Muhe said.
Muhe is married to her husband, Joe Muhe. She has two pet dogs named Mocha and Zuma.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.