Deana R. Jespersen, took over the reins on the Neumann Knights Volleyball program in the fall of 2004. In her first season as Head Coach, Jesperson lead the Knights to a 9th place finish in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (8-17, 3-7 PAC). In that same year, nine Neumann Knights were named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference All-PAC Academic Team and sophomore Sarah Miller (MH, 5-9, Elkton, MD/Elkton) was name to the 2004 All-PAC Sportsmanship Team. In 2005 Jespersen was named PAC Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to their best finish in four years and the fourth seed in the PAC Championship Tournament, with a conference record of 6-4, and an overall record of 15-14.
This past season, Jesperson completed a run of 23-11, her best overall, added her third PAC Coach of the Year award and lead the Knights to their first PAC Championship and NCAA appearance. This season takes Jespersen's record to 67-57.
Jespersen, a 1996 graduate of Elizabethtown College, was a three time Co-Captain and MVP of the Blue Jays. She also was a four year letter winner and was named to the Mid Atlantic All-Conference team in 1996. Overall, Coach Jespersen is 3rd with most assists in a single game with 58 and is 7th with overall assists with 1684. She currently holds the all time record for hitting percentage in a single game (1.000 on September 14th, 1994.)
Jespersen started her coaching career while at Elizabethtown College as an assistant coach for the 1996 York Juniors Volleyball Club and has since coached for various United States Association of Volleyball (USAV) juniors clubs such as Golden Eagle, Outsiders and Delco.
Jespersen also coaches summer volleyball camps at such institutions as University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle University, Villanova University and Neumann College.
Jespersen knows what it is like to be a coach on the collegiate level. She was an assistant coach for Eastern University from 1996-1997 and also head coach for Swarthmore College from 1999-2000. Jespersen now works as a school psychologist in Springfield, Delaware County but still volunteers her time and expertise as a coach to area volleyball teams by running various clinics and summer league teams.
With the help of her father, Robert Maguire and her husband Orlin Jespersen, Coach Jespersen assisted in the development of the Mystique Volleyball Club which has proven to be a successful program for young junior-high and high school age girls. She currently is the coordinator and head coach of Mystique's 14 and under teams and continues to play on a competitive women's team for the Keystone Region Volleyball Association (KRVA).
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