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About Hocking College Volleyball

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The fifth-year volleyball program is looking forward to developing a competitive team in 2020-2021.  The squad struggled during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons while playing in the OCCAC, which could very well be the toughest D-II and D-III conference in the country.  In the 2017-2018 season, the league produced the national champion and the 5th-place team in D-III. The girls are looking to bounce back and have a great season under the direction of Head Coach Jason Jones, so be sure to come show your support.

Try-Outs for 2020-2021 Season

The volleyball team will be hosting tryouts at 10 a.m.-noon on Sept 12 and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Student Center main gym. Email Coach Jason Jones for more information.

Hocking College Volleyball Coaches

Jason Jones
Head Women's Volleyball Coach

jonesj35420@hocking.edu

Entering the 2020 season, Jason B. Jones brings 20 years of experience and passion to Hocking College as he joins the Hawks to become Head Coach of the Women's Volleyball program.

Jason Jones began his volleyball coaching career at the high school (OHSAA) level in 2000, finishing the season with an impressive 20-1 record at Boardman High School and winning the Steel Valley Conference Championship. Jones carried on with that level of excellence, moving to Crestview High School, where he replaced the legendary Judy Gregory (476 career wins). At Crestview, the Rebels finished with an undefeated conference record, and Jones earned Tri County League Coach of the Year honors in 2002.

In addition to his OHSAA success, Jones was a volunteer assistant with Kent State from 2001-2002 under the tutelage of Head Coach Mora Kanim. Jones worked with their hitters on technique and mechanics. He also coached Juniors travel (OVR/USAV/AAU) in Ohio from 2001-2006 with Trumbull Volleyball Club, where he guided the team to the 2006 East Coast Championships and took home the Silver division title.

In 2006, Jason moved to Las Vegas and became an assistant at the University of Nevada, Los Vegas, under head coach Allison Keeley. While at UNLV, his duties included setter training and defensive strategy. The Rebels finished 20-10 and reached the Mountain West Conference semifinals.

In 2007, Jones took a six-year hiatus from the volleyball world and became an executive in the famed Las Vegas hospitality and event industry. His most successful accomplishments were producing $1.9 million in annual sales at Louis Vuitton and hosting more than 250 events a year at Boyd Gaming while managing a team of 200 employees. He implemented the highly successful recycling program for The Orleans Arena while also taking the lead in pushing the arena to become LEED certified, thus creating a new revenue stream and saving the corporation millions of dollars. Jones then worked for a Las Vegas hotel and casino as an executive casino host, managing client portfolios surpassing $10 million.

In 2011, an opportunity with the USA Volleyball High Performance Program arose, and Jones served as Co-Associate Head Coach with Armen Zakarian under Ken Shibuya (Stanford University) for the HP Championships in Tuscon, Arizona. As part of the Olympic pipeline, his squad competed in this prestigious international competition and finished second in the U17 division.

In 2014, Jones returned full time to his volleyball passion with a new vision: to create events for volleyball athletes in a fun, safe and cost-effective manner. He began his inspiration with the founding of the "In it to Win it Challenge," and in 2016 built the first indoor beach and large scale indoor volleyball tournament in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.

Jones then founded the Vegas Pursuit Beach Volleyball Training Camp, showcasing athletes from across the country, training and providing life skills to help them secure collegiate scholarships. In three years of operation, the camp helped more than 100 athletes secure NCAA Division I and II scholarships with GPA's higher than 3.5.

Jones continued his beach volleyball coaching career, leading numerous squads to the podium and medal stand at the national level. In 2016, he coached Tessa Bohn (United States Naval Academy) and Zeena Khazendar (Stanford Beach Volleyball) to a Silver medal in the AAU Beach National Championship. In 2017, Jones won the Rox Beach National Championship with Tessa Bohn and Ashley Bradford (South Carolina University). In 2018, Jones coached with Ryan Mariano at the FIVB World Tour in Las Vegas, as Kelly Klaes and Sarah Sponcil finished ninth out of 56 teams.

In 2018, he created JBJ Events and began hosting major volleyball events and AAU Qualifiers throughout the nation. Their events in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Hawaii; Pennsylvania; California and Las Vegas have provided thousands of local junior athletes with opportunities to play the game, get recruited, and have a great experience.

Throughout the years, Jones has coached hundreds of players who went on to play NCAA Division I and professional level volleyball. He brings both the technical knowledge of the game and the experience of high-level volleyball to Hocking College, with the goal of getting each member of the Hawks family to the next level.

Emily O'Rourke
Assistant Volleyball Coach

Emily O'Rourke, from Amelia, OH, is a Physical Activity and Sports Coaching major with emphasis on Athletic Training requirements at Ohio University in Athens, OH. She plans to continue her education in grad school to obtain her Masters in Athletic Training.

Emily played Varsity volleyball for Amelia High School (now West Clermont High School) as well as at the club level for Cincy Crush in Cincinnati, OH. She has played the positions of DS and Libero.

On a personal note, Emily is a twin (her twin brother also attends OU), she has an older sister in Bexley, OH, and her parents and 3 cats are all home in Amelia. In Emily's free time she enjoys being with friends, playing sand volleyball and working out. 

Emily is excited to join the coaching staff of the Hocking College Hawks Women's Volleyball team and is looking forward to an outstanding season! Go Hawks!!

Alyssa Cataldo
Assistant Volleyball Coach

Alyssa Cataldo is from Rancho Cucamonga, California where she was a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School and a member of the volleyball team. Collegiately Cataldo continued on to Chaffey College in California to play as a member of the CCCAA. During her JuCo career, she won one conference championship on a 10-0 season and continued on to state playoffs. Additionally, she was team captain while rallying 730 assists, 82 digs and 26 aces. 

Cataldo finished her volleyball career playing under Division 1's Prairie View A&M in Prairie View, Texas.

She has coached high school programs as well as 3 successful club volleyball seasons in one of the most competitive regions in the United States (SCVA). Alyssa Cataldo continues her coaching journey at Hocking College in hopes of one day running her own college volleyball program. Go Hawks!!! 

Hocking College Athletics- Women27s Volleyball