Release courtesy of Dickinson Athletic Communications
(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College has announced the hiring of Jenn McMonagle (Penn State '12) as the new head coach of the women's volleyball program. McMonagle comes to Carlisle after serving as the head coach of both men's and women's volleyball at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. Prior to her arrival at Wilson, McMonagle was on the staff at Gettysburg College where she helped guide the volleyball team to its first 20-win campaign in 11 years.
Dickinson Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone believes Jenn will be a great addition to the Red Devil coaching staff, stating "Jennifer is a perfect fit for Dickinson Athletics. She is a very knowledgeable coach with a great passion for teaching and motivating our student-athletes to perform at their highest level on both the court and in the classroom."
Originally from nearby Hanover, McMonagle returned to south-central Pennsylvania following a one-year stint as the assistant coach at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. McMonagle helped the Bulldogs post a 34-11 overall record and win the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular-season and tournament championships. Union advanced to the NAIA National Championship and became the first AAC school to win a match after going 2-2 at the event.
Prior to arriving at Union, McMonagle served as head c-team coach and assistant varsity coach at King's High School in Seattle, Wash., while completing her master's degree at the University of Washington. She led the c-team to a conference title and helped the varsity team finish fifth in the state tournament.
McMonagle played and coached at nearby Penn State Mont Alto. As a player, she was a two-time All-Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) First-team selection and was named the conference's Setter of the Year in 2009. McMonagle was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-America Honorable Mention and Academic All-America in 2009. She was also recognized with the John S. Egli Scholar-Athlete Award as a player.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State's main campus in 2012, McMonagle returned to Mont Alto to coach the men's and women's volleyball teams for three years. After going 8-14 in her debut season with the women, she led the Lions to a 37-14 mark in her final two campaigns. She coached four USCAA Academic All-Americans, five All-PSUAC First-team players, and one PSUAC Newcomer of the Year.
McMonagle expressed her appreciation and enthusiasm about the position and returning to the Centennial Conference. "I am thankful to Joel Quattrone and the search committee for the opportunity to join Dickinson College Athletics. I am very grateful and excited to be able to represent Dickinson and the wonderful student-athletes involved with the women's volleyball program."