Former standout student-athlete Jennie Malone has accepted the
Hardrocker volleyball assistant coaching position for the 2011 season.
"Jennie is a former student-athlete from the South Dakota School of
Mines where she was a standout volleyball and basketball player," said
Lady Hardrocker head coach Tiffany McCampbell. "I believe she has a very
good understanding of the type of student-athlete that we recruit
specifically to SD Mines. With a little bit of time we will be able to
adjust her to the type of characteristics we are looking for
specifically for volleyball."
Malone, who graduated in 2008 with an Industrial Engineering degree,
holds numerous single-season and career records in both volleyball and
basketball. Since graduation, she has been working at the Malone
Engineering Incorporated in Rapid City. This will be her first
opportunity to coach promising Hardrocker athletes.
"I am really excited to still be a part of this program and this
school. It's definitely different being on the other side of things,"
Malone said. "I am still learning to be on the other side of things and I
will be learning for a long time. I'm excited about that too."
One of the major advantages of having Malone on the 'Rocker
volleyball coaching staff is her college experience at South Dakota
Mines as a student-athlete and how she will be able to relate that to
the current volleyball players.
"That is the biggest thing our assistants need at SD Mines --- a good
understanding of how things work here --- academically and the
extracurricular pressure these student-athletes are exposed to,"
The assistant coaching position will be full-time for Malone,
something that will benefit the program significantly with the move to a
higher level of competition.
"It's nice to have an assistant that can be around in a full-time
capacity role that will transition this program from NAIA to NCAA Div.
II," McCampbell said.
Malone's main duties will be assisting with practice and in matches
and will eventually help in developing and growing the program for the
NCAA Div. II switch.
"We would like to transition her into doing a lot of the recruiting
for the program," McCampbell said. "On court coaching will be a main
source of her duties, but we also want her to handle a lot of the
recruiting tasks as well."