PUEBLO, Colo. (May 25, 2016) – After five seasons of work with the Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team, Assistant Coach Jordan Willis has announced his departure from the ThunderWolves Athletic Department. Willis will be taking head coaching position at Otero Junior College for the 2016-17 season.
During Willis' tenure, the Pack produced a record of 68-75, with a 32-40 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. In 2015, Willis helped lead the Pack to an 11-16 (9-9 RMAC) record and their second consecutive RMAC Tournament appearance. For the first time since 1996-97 the Pack reached back-to-back RMAC Tournaments with Willis guiding the team and helping with the recruiting process.
Willis primarily worked with the Pack's offense. With Willis' help Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia Lar Venezuela) received First Team All-RMAC in both 2015 and 2016. Perez along with Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) became the first pair of Pack players to earn First Team All-RMAC in back-to-back seasons. Lattin claimed RMAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in both 2015 and 2016.
Six ThunderWolves earned All-RMAC nods under Willis' watch. In total, Willis' players earned 24 All-RMAC Academic nods in his five years in Pueblo, including seven first team recognitions.
Willis made the following statement about his departure:
"Leaving CSU- Pueblo is very bittersweet. The 5 years I have spent here have been very rewarding and allowed me to grow in so many ways. The friends that I have gained, the terrific players I have a chance to coach, and the great memories & laughs we have all shared, I will hold near and dear to me. "
"My only hope is that I have made a positive impact on the athletic department, the staff and most importantly the players. My original goal in coming here 5 years ago was to make CSU-Pueblo a better place and improve the volleyball program. I have come to find out that in that time I have also become a better person myself and that the volleyball program is in a better place than when I came to it."
"In the same breath, I am very excited about the opportunity give to me by Otero Junior College to be their Head Volleyball Coach and lead their program. But, I would be remiss if I did not say I am very appreciative of my time spent in Massari Arena! Go Thunder Wolves!"
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.