|Title:||Head Volleyball Coach|
Jenna Panatier enters her third season as the head coach of the Leopard volleyball program after guiding the Leopard program to NCAA postseason play in 2012.
Under the direction of Panatier, Leopard volleyball returned to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the West Region semifinals last season. The Leopards concluded the year with a 22-6 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 2012. Additionally, La Verne cracked the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll for the first time in three seasons.
During Panatier's first season, the Leopards finished 17-12 overall and 7-7 in the SCIAC.
Prior to La Verne, Panatier served as an assistant coach at NCAA
Division I Lipscomb University (Tenn.), helping the Lady Bison
clinch the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship – the
program’s first volleyball conference title in school
history. She also recruited and trained Lipscomb middle blocker
Alex Kelly, the 2008 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.
Panatier was head coach at Colgate University (N.Y.) from 2002-06. In 2003 she doubled the Raiders’ win total from the previous year and ended her tenure having recruited and trained the 2004 and ’06 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
She led the Occidental College volleyball program from 1998-02. During her time with the Tigers she doubled the roster size and improved the overall record from 2-20 to 16-9. In 2000, her squad handed La Verne its only conference defeat of the season, a three-game sweep, and outside hitter Andrea Ohta was selected SCIAC Player of the Year.
Panatier enjoyed an outstanding collegiate playing career at St. John’s University (N.Y.), where she was team captain during the 1996 and ’97 seasons. She was team MVP in 1995 and received the St. John's Outstanding Woman in Sports Award in 1998. A true student-athlete, she earned Academic All-America honors three straight years (1996-98) and was chosen to the Big East Conference Academic All-Star Team all four years.
The Van Nuys, Calif., native graduated from St. John's with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Business in 1998, and earned an MBA from Lipscomb in 2008.