LORAS COLLEGE — There’s a new face on the sidelines of the Loras College volleyball courts this year. She may look like one of the players, but don’t be fooled. She has years of experience and is ready to lead the Duhawks.
Meet Jenna Ness, the 12th coach in the history of Duhawk Volleyball.
Ness graduated from Iowa Conference rival Luther College in January 2011, but became a Duhawk in the May of 2013. She replaces former Duhawk volleyball coach, Teresa Kehe, who accepted a coaching position at Linn-Mar High School at the end of last season.
Ness brings a wide range of coaching experience to Dubuque. While with the Norse, she worked her way up from a player to a student assistant, and ultimately became an assistant coach at her alma mater. She says she didn’t always know she wanted to coach; she tells SportsZONE her career path stemmed from a career-ending injury.
“Before I tore my ACL, I was a business management and exercise science major. I thought I would work in a cubicle for the rest of my life, and didn’t really know if I would love it or hate it … once I tore it, I really realized my passion for coaching.”
From Decorah, Ness made her way to Davenport to help out at St. Ambrose University. She wore many hats with the Bees – assisting with the women’s and men’s teams, while also teaching a wellness concepts course. Ness’ most recent gig was at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, where she coached, recruited, contributed to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and served as Intramural Director.
Although Coach Ness graduated from Luther, she says she’s found her home in Dubuque.
“I really do believe in Loras College. I think it’s one of the best places in the world to be. I love it here … I was a Norse and now I’ve turned into a Duhawk, so I’m excited to be here.”