New College Programs in Arizona

Benedictine University at Mesa in Arizona hired coaches for its new men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Sonia Jones, an experienced club and high school coach, will head the women’s team after finishing a high school coaching career that included two state tournament appearances with the Seton Catholic Prep team. Jones also owns Instinct Sports Volleyball Club and serves as the faculty department chair of Fire Science/EMS at Mesa Community College. The Grand Canyon University grad worked as a professional fire fighter and EMT for seven years and holds a master’s degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University.

Steve Crook, former head coach at Central Arizona College and the Tesseract School, was hired to take the reins of the new men’s program. In Crook’s 30 years of coaching the sport, he has guided teams to state championships, founded and directed a club, and coached six NJCAA All-Americans. Also an experienced player, Crook competed at the club level for the University of Arizona and placed 13th in the 1982 AVP Arizona Open.

Both new programs will begin competition at the Division III level in the 2014-15 school year.

Originally published in October 2014

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