Name: Jessica House
Current Team: 15 Onyx
Previous Team: 14 Onyx
Current CJVA position: Head Coach, Youth Development
I started coaching in 2015 when I was a junior in college. My first ever team was at my old high school coaching the freshman team. After that I wanted to coach closer to Montclair State. I coached JV for two seasons at Montclair high school. The following year I found a head coach opportunity at Morristown Beard. After two seasons I wanted to try coaching club volleyball because I knew the players who did club are determined, serious, and more competitive than high school. I started coaching club volleyball at Xtreme in Ledgewood. After two seasons I finally found my home at CJVA in East Hanover where I have now been for the past two seasons. I had the opportunity with them to attend the AVCA (American volleyball coaches association) meeting in December of 2019 in Pittsburgh, where we got to learn better coaching techniques from some of the best coaches in America and overseas. I have also tried my hand at coaching beach volleyball for a season which I really loved.
I first started playing volleyball when I started high school. I instantly fell in love with the sport. I was a top server, 1st team conference, and was offered a few D3 scholarships.
I attended Montclair state university and earned a BS in Health and Physical Education. My academic schedule never allowed me to participate in club volleyball but I did join rugby for two seasons.
How would you describe your coaching style?
My style of coaching is a mix between tough love and holistic coaching. I push athletes to be their best even when they don’t believe in themselves. I believe being in the right place, at the right time, and doing the right thing will bring success.
What is your favorite characteristic in a player?
Strong leadership, effort, and mental resilience.
Who are the people that have influenced you most as a coach?
My own high school coach really inspired me at first to pursue coaching. At MSU I took a few coaching courses with great professors such as John McCarthy and Dr. Robert Gilbert who not only talked about how to coach sports, but how to coach kids, different personalities, parents, what success really means, etc.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in coaching mode?
I enjoying playing beach volleyball, weekend trips around the tristate area, biking around town, and spending time in my backyard on Lake Hopatcong.
What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?
I love volleyball because when I’m playing I don’t think about anything else. For three games, I don’t have any problems or worries in life. I love the feeling of getting a kill, an ace, a block, and connecting with a team whose goal is the same as mine. I’ve played sports my whole life and there is nothing better than this!