Volleyball Names New Assistant Coach
March 15, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -Former Texas standout Jen Christian has been named an assistant coach for the NCState volleyball team, head coach Bryan Bunn announced on Thursday.
Christian was most recently part of the coaching staff atAli'i Girls Volleyball Club in Austin, Texas. She has also been an assistant coach at St. Stephens Prep School and a coach for the Austin Juniors Volleyball Club.
"We are excited to have Jen here," Bunn said. "She has a great background in volleyball, as a high school and college player and as a youth coach for the last three years. She has a great personality and is very outgoing and high energy.
"She will be a great ambassador for our program in the community."
A 2008 graduate of Texas with a degree in health promotion and fitness, Christian played in 98 matches as an outside hitter during her four-year career with the Longhorns. She currently owns the school record with eight aces in a three-game match.
During her career, she helped the Longhorns return to both the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Championship.
As a high school All-America her senior year, Christian was namedthe Gatorade Player of the Year for Arizona and was ranked the eighth-best player in the nation by Prepvolleyball.com, after leading Gilbert (Ariz.) High School to the state 5-A championship.
A native of Phoenix, Christian grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where she played middle school volleyball for current Wolfpack assistantcoach Pete Hoyer. She returned to Arizona prior to her freshman year of high school and began a well-decorated prep career.
Her connection with Hoyer was a stepping stone to her new opportunity.
"We've stayed in touch over the years and run into each other at camps," Christian said. "When I was looking for a job in college coaching, he was extremely helpful in getting me started. This was a perfect place for me."
Christian was impressed with the Wolfpack's turnaround season in 2011, when it posted a 20-13 overall record and a school-record eight ACC victories. It was State's first winning season since 1996 and the most overall wins since 1999.
"When I started looking for a job in college coaching, I wanted to go to program that was heading in a great direction and had strong leadership," Christian said. "With all that is going on here, this wasn't a hard sell for me at all."
Christian, 26, is also a strength and conditioning coach and a certified personal trainer.