Loras College selects Jenna Ness to lead volleyball team
Tue, May. 14, 2013 - [Women's Volleyball]

Not quite six weeks after the announcement that Teresa Kehe was moving on to Linn-Mar High School and two weeks away from commencement, Loras College has selected Jenna Ness to lead their volleyball program. Ness is Loras' 12th head coach in program history and replaces Kehe, who logged 149 wins over eight seasons. 


"I'm thrilled to be able to call Jenna Ness our 12th head volleyball coach," Director of Athletics Bob Quinn said Tuesday.


"Jenna displays both tremendous enthusiasm for volleyball and has an impressive knowledge of the game," Quinn added.


"She is also clearly in support of what it means to be a NCAA Division III athlete and coach and is fully in line with what we stand for in terms of the mission of our College. I believe we'll have a smooth transition into the 2013 season."


Ness is set to complete her master's degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose this month and earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Exercise Science from Luther College in January of 2011. Her most recent volleyball coaching positions have been with St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, and her alma mater Luther College.She is a native of Urbandale, Iowa. 


While with the Norse, she progressed from player to student assistant and worked her way into an assistant's role. She then moved to St. Ambrose, where she was a graduate assistant with the women's teams and contributed to the men's team for the Bees. She also taught Wellness Concepts courses at St. Ambrose. Most recently, she spent a season with St. Mary's University in Minnesota where she was the top assistant, recruiter, contributed to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and served as Intramural Director.


"I am extremely excited about becoming a Duhawk," Ness proclaimed on Tuesday.


"After meeting with administration, the players, and members of the athletic department staff, I knew Loras College was the perfect fit for me.  Seeing the potential that the Duhawk volleyball program has, I am excited to continue to build on and further enhance the tradition of excellence here at Loras College."


Kehe wraps up her time with the Duhawks as the semester comes to a close and is playing a key role in the transition of leadership.