Jennifer Jacobs is in her first season as the head volleyball coach at Augustana in 2017. Jacobs was named the ninth head coach in program history on Feb. 13, 2017.
Jacobs spent the last five seasons at Augsburg College where she served in various administration roles as well as an assistant volleyball coach. She spent two years as an assistant compliance director before being named the assistant athletic director for external relations/inclusion and diversity. Jacobs served as the advisor for the Augsburg Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During her time at Augsburg, the volleyball team compiled a 105-42 record, including back-to-back seasons of 20-plus wins in 2013 and 2014. Jacobs brings an extensive background in junior Olympics club volleyball and high school coaching.
A 2004 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Jacobs has coached the Northern Lights Volleyball Club since 2005 and has led the club to multiple national tournaments, including a USJO National Championship in 2012. She has won two USJO Silver medals and one bronze while qualifying seven teams for nationals during her tenure. Jacobs has coached her team to three AAU Championships. Jacobs is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association and has had a strong presence in NCAA Division III legislation and sportsmanship initiatives. She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and was a member of the NACWAA legislation and governance committee while also leading multiple committees on diversity and inclusion at Augsburg.
Jacobs played for four seasons at Minnesota State, Mankato (2000-03) where she ended her career as a three-time All-North Central Conference performer. She was twice named AVCA All-Region and earned All-America Third Team honors as a junior in 2002. Jacobs still owns the career record at MSU with 1,623 digs and ranks second all-time in MSU history with 1,555 career kills.
Jacobs earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Minnesota State, Mankato in 2004 and her master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Mary’s University in 2009.
Ellen Andrews, a 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Augustana, is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Viking volleyball program in 2016.
Andrews, a native of Bancroft, Neb., comes to Augustana after spending the last two years as the recruiting coordinator and head coach for the Club Madfrog in Dallas, Texas.
Andrews spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State University from 2010 to 2013 and helped the Bearkats to a Southland Conference title in 2012.
During her tenure at Sam Houston State, seven different players earned All-Southland honors a total of 11 times. Andrews also oversaw one player who was recognized as the league's Player of the Year following the team's 2012 conference championship season.
Sam Houston State earned a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament all four years Andrews spent as an assistant coach with the Bearkats. Andrews joined the Sam Houston State staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2010 before being promoted to full time in 2011.
During her playing career at Augustana, Andrews earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and All-North Central Conference first team honors in 2007. Andrews was also a Daktronics All-Central Region honoree in 2008. She played in 122 matches and still ranks fifth all-time at Augustana in kills with 1,340. Andrews was a member of four straight NCAA Tournament teams during her career, including her redshirt season in 2005. She was named a team captain in 2009 and led the Vikings with 318 kills (2.97/set) while finishing second on the team with 65 total blocks.
Andrews earned academic all-conference honors all four years of her career and was twice named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. Following her senior season, Andrews earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.
Andrews resides in Sioux Falls.
Current and Former Augustana Volleyball Players