Jorden Smith enters his first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Marshall Volleyball team. Smith, a California native, began coaching in 2005 at Deer Valley High School (CA). While attending college in 2007, he took the responsibility as the assistant coach at Regis Jesuit High School. After three years with Regis Jesuit, Smith helped lead the men's and women's volleyball teams to three state championships and a state championship runner-up title. He also served as a head coach for the Colorado Volleyball Association and a volunteer assistant at Johnson & Wales University during his time with Regis Jesuit.
A recent graduate from Johnson & Wales University (2011) in Denver, Colo., Smith was the starting middle for four years and helped JWU win a conference and national tournament title. Smith also holds national records for blocks and hitting percentage and received national accolades including the Arthur Ashe Award and Sportsman of the Year. While attending JWU he earned a double degree in criminal justice and business management.
"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to join the Herd volleyball program," said Smith. "Marshall Athletics has such a wonderful strong tradition and I am happy to be a part of that. Coaching at a higher level of collegiate volleyball has been a goal of mine, and I am glad I get to start it here at Marshall."
Smith's primary responsibilities will include assisting with the team defense, organizing camps, working with the Marshall University Volleyball booster club -Thundering Spikers, coordinating video exchanges and contributing to the weekly newsletter.
"I'm looking forward to learning a lot from head coach Mitch Jacobs," continued Smith. "He knows a lot about the sport in many ways, like the technical side of it, as well as the business part and working in the office. He knows it all very well. It will be great to be under his wing during my time at Marshall. Go Herd!"
Smith recently returned back from the United States after playing professional volleyball overseas in Venice, Italy.