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2013 Volleyball Coaches
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Jenna Ness - Head Coach - 1st Season


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Jenna Ness became Loras’ 12th head coach in program history in May of 2013.


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.


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.” 


“Jenna 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,” Director of Athletics Bob Quinn said in the press release announcing Ness' hiring. 


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Sophia Brown - Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Sophia joined the Duhawks to start the 2013 season alongside first year head coach Jenna Ness. She is a former Iowa Conference student-athlete at Luther College, graduating in May 2013 with a degree in Art Management (Printmaking).


In her time with the Norse, Brown was captain from  2011-2013, she was nominated for Luther College Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2013, made the 2012 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Team, and was awarded 2013 Best Offensive Player by the Norse. She also attended the 2012 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Student Athlete Leadership Conference. In 2009, she was a member of the team that qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship.


Now, Brown works on campus with the Loras College Residence Life staff and is Ness’s assistant and JV coach.