Loras Volleyball Camps
Head Coach Jenna Ness
Jenna Ness became the 12th head coach in Loras history in May of 2013 and is set to begin her fourth season at the helm in the fall of 2016. In addition to serving as the assistant men's coach, Ness is also a member of the Division III Women's Volleyball Central Region Committee.
In 2015, Ness guided the Duhawks to a 22-13 finish and an appearance in the Iowa Conference Tournament Championship match. Over the last 22 games of the season, Loras was 17-5, which included victories over Wartburg, Coe and Buena Vista. At the conclusion of the season, four Duhawks were named to the All-Conference Team, including Claire Ritchie, who was selected as the Freshman of the Year. For her role with the team in 2015, Ness was honored by her peers as Iowa Conference Coach of the Year.
A 2011 graduate of Luther College, Ness earned degrees in business management and exercise science. While at Luther, Ness was a two-sport student-athlete, competing in volleyball and track & field. She helped the Norse qualify for their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Tournament in 2009, finishing with a 26-12 record. Luther received an at-large bid into the tournament and advanced to the second round before falling to University of St. Thomas.
Ness suffered a season-ending injury in the fall of 2010 and as a result, began her coaching career while as a student. Upon her graduation in January of 2011, Ness became the interim head coach at Luther through May. For her efforts with Luther, Ness was the recipient of the AVCA "Coaches 4 Coaches" award.
Ness was hired as the assistant men's and women's volleyball coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. In 2012, the men went 33-3 and finished as the runners-up in the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight season. St. Ambrose was the home to the national player of the year and two all-americans, all three of which Ness coached. On the women's side, the Bees finished third in their conference with a 25-14 overall record and ranked in the top 30 at the end of the season and had three student-athletes selected for all-conference honors.
The 2012-13 season saw Ness relocate to Winona, Minn. where she became the top assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, intramural director and Student Athletic Advisory Committee Representative for St. Mary's University. While at St. Mary's, the Cardinals finished 14-14 and earned one all-conference selection.
In May of 2013, Ness completed her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at St. Ambrose.
A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Ness now resides in Dubuque.