By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman volleyball’s first All-American, Jenna Wilson, has been named a volunteer assistant for the upcoming season coach Dan Ahiers announced Monday afternoon. Wilson played her senior year of 2014 in Mossy Creek earning honorable mention All-American by AVCA and Daktronics.
“I think it’s going to be a different feel from being a part of the team,” Wilson said. “It’s definitely going to be a difficult transition for me from playing volleyball for so long to taking on this new role of coaching. I think my desire for the game will transfer over into my coaching.”
Among other duties, Wilson will be tasked with grooming the young middles for the upcoming season, which includes two freshman and a junior transfer.
“I didn’t really know what to expect because none of the people that were middles last year are returning,” Wilson said. “I was a little iffy on who is coming in. After seeing them and playing with them, they are a really talented group of girls. It’s just about honing in on all of those skills.”
The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native started her career at the University of California, Santa Barbara before transferring to Carson-Newman. A newcomer one year ago, she offered her advice to the incoming class this season. “Just be ready for Dan,” Wilson said. “He’s going to yell at you. The most important thing is to be a team and just stick together, and make it through all of these hard practices.”