TOPEKA, Kan. – Head coach Chris Herron announced Thursday that two-time All-America middle hitter Jessica Fey has returned to Washburn as assistant volleyball coach.
Fey played at Washburn from 2009 to 2012 and graduated from Washburn last spring with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She spent this past season as an assistant coach with the Crete High School varsity program in her hometown of Crete, Neb. Along with her high school experience, Fey has coached club teams the last three years.
Fey was an honorable mention AVCA All-American in 2011 and 2012 and a Daktronics first team All-American in 2012. She earned AVCA first team all-region her final three years and was the MIAA and Daktronics Central Region MVP her senior season.
"Jessica is a great fit for me," Herron said. "She's a person who, as a player, I admired her drive, intensity and focus and I'll think she'll bring those three qualities as a coach."
Fey was a solid hitter all four years and her .322 career attack percentage is fourth in school history. Her .357 percentage in 2012 is the fourth highest in school history. She's one of nine Ichabods to record over 1,000 kills and 300 blocks as she finished with 1,211 and 342, respectively.
She was part of two MIAA championship teams and all four of her teams went to the NCAA tournament. The team was in the top 10 of the AVCA poll every week but one, when it was ranked 11th in the preseason poll her freshman year.
"She has a good grasp of where the program is, how to stay there and how to further it," Herron said.
Fey is a 2009 graduate of Crete High School where she was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and track & field for the Cardinals. She replaces assistant coach Tessa Jones, who left the program in December to pursue a career outside of coaching.