Jenny Michael named volleyball coach for Young Harris

Jenny Michael named volleyball coach for Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. | Young Harris College Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton has announced that Jenny Michael will be the first-ever head coach for the Mountain Lion women's volleyball program that will begin this fall.

Michael comes to the Enchanted Valley after spending nine seasons as head coach of the Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

"I am excited to welcome Jenny Michael to Young Harris College to start our volleyball program," said Rushton. "Coach Michael's experience, knowledge and overall plan to build our program makes her the perfect fit. She found plenty of success at LMU and has strong recruiting ties to the southeast region. I am confident in her ability to build this program for long-term success."

During her stay at LMU, she has led the Railsplitters to a 162-117 (.581 winning percentage) record with four 20-plus win seasons and four trips (2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018) to the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament.

The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year has had players named to the All-SAC team 26 times and to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II All-Southeast Region squad seven times. The Railsplitters received five consecutive AVCA Team Academic Awards and she coached Erica Whiteaker, who was named the 2017 and 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year for Division II volleyball.

"What an amazing opportunity God has provided me with here at Young Harris College," said Michael. "My gratitude cannot truly be expressed in words, but as I attempt to quantify my elation I want to thank Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton and President Dr. Van Horn for their belief in me to lead the first-ever women's volleyball program at Young Harris.  I'm looking forward to experiencing the energy and support of the Mountain Lion faithful as we begin our journey together to Defend the Den!"

While at Lincoln Memorial, Michael also guided the fledgling beach volleyball program for four years.

Michael came to LMU in December of 2010 after a five-year stint as the assistant volleyball coach at Division I Troy University in Alabama. Prior to joining Troy, Michael was a high school coach in Kent, Washington.

Michael is no stranger to the Peach Belt Conference. She served three seasons as an assistant coach at then Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. She served as a graduate assistant for two seasons and another as the top assistant when the Pirates captured the 2005 PBC regular-season title.

A native of northern Ohio, Michael played collegiate volleyball at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. While with the Patriots, she helped FMU capture the 1998 PBC regular-season and tournament crowns and earn a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Michael, who played in 120 matches (394 games) for the Patriots with 985 assists, 880 digs, 228 kills and 135 service aces, was named the team MVP and captain during the 2000 campaign.

She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in physics from Francis Marion in 2002 and her master's degree in mathematics from AASU in 2004.