New head volleyball coach named

March 13, 2012

McDaniel College announces that Jessica Cortese has been named the new head volleyball coach. She will assume her duties at the college on April 6.

Jessica Cortese comes to McDaniel after having spent the last two seasons as the head volleyball coach at Sewanee: The University of the South. In 2011, she was responsible for bringing in the largest recruit class in Sewanee’s volleyball program’s history and quadrupled the win total from the previous year. She was also Sewanee’s assistant sports information director and a physical education instructor.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., she is a 2005 graduate of Gettysburg College. She earned her master’s degree from Florida State University in 2008 where she served as a graduate assistant with the volleyball program.

She taught high school and middle school psychology and physical education at The Maclay Preparatory School in Tallahassee, Fla., for three years. She was also the school’s head volleyball coach, and was involved in the Tallahassee Juniors Volleyball Club as a head coach and a member of the board of directors for the U-17 team.

Paul Moyer, athletic director at McDaniel, said, “As we conducted this search, Jess surfaced as the type of coach we were looking for to lead our volleyball program. She knows what it takes to be successful and I’m confident that over time she’ll return our team to its tradition of excellence being highly competitive on the nationally level.”
Cortese said, “I am thrilled to be entering into an athletics department and volleyball program [at McDaniel] with rich history and tradition. I was fortunate to meet some incredible staff members and athletes on my interview. It is an honor to coach in the Centennial Conference and I look forward to working with a great group of young women who are hungry to win championships.”

McDaniel is scheduled to open the 2012 season at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va., on August 31.

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