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OJC Press Release ID: 2558

Friday, September 2, 2016

OJC announces new athletics staff

With the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, Otero Junior College is proud to announce the addition of several new athletic staff members.

Jordan Bishop, originally from Colorado Springs, has joined OJC as the assistant Women’s Basketball coach. She will be assisting Taylor Shaffer, who moved from assistant to head Women’s Basketball coach this summer.

Bishop received her Associate of Arts degree in psychology from Northeastern Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.

Bishop’s goals are to develop OJC Women’s Basketball players into “next level” players (division 1 or 2), clinch the Region IX championship and qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament.

“I am excited to have a collegiate coaching opportunity straight out of college. Being a part of a new coaching staff will allow plenty of room to develop as a coach,” said Bishop.

Outside of work, Bishop enjoys exercise, biking, painting and teaching her dog new tricks. 

Cruz Cortes, Las Vegas, Nev., is the new Men’s Soccer assistant coach. Cortes joins new head coach Chris Smith, taking on Smith’s previous role with the Rattlers. 

A standout soccer player during his time at Otero Junior College, Cortes earned an Associate of Science degree before transferring to UNLV. He is currently attending UNLV in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration.

Prior to his return to OJC, Cortes had been working for the Clark County School District and coaching high school soccer.

“Having attended OJC as a student gave me a strong desire to come back and be a part of such a strong, community-based institution,” said Cortes. “I hope to encourage our student athletes to be the absolute best they can be both in the classroom and in their respective sports.”

Cortes enjoys travel and playing soccer in his free time. 

Jesse Jolly (Agate), Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) cowboy, is the new Otero Junior College Assistant Rodeo Coach.

Jolly grew up competing in rodeo from Little Britches to the professional ranks. He played a pivotal role winning a World Championship Ranch Rodeo team title in 2014. He attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. Jolly also acted as the team captain while competing in Saddle Bronc riding, team roping and steer wrestling.  Jolly qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in the steer wrestling in 2009.  

Jolly is a true all-around Cowboy competing in both the rough stock events and timed events. He has built a name for himself in the professional ranks qualifying for the Mountain States Circuit Finals on six different occasions in the team roping, four times in the steer wrestling and two times in the Saddle bronc riding. Jolly has been crowned the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Champion All-Around Cowboy 2008-2011, Champion Steer wrestler 2009 and 2015 and a multiple qualifier in the team roping.

Jolly plans to strive to build student’s strengths both inside and outside the arena - by stressing the importance of a commitment to both academics and practice. Under Jolly and Head Coach Linsay Sumpter’s guidance Otero Rodeo plans to have a strong team on both the rough stock and timed event side of the arena.

Greg Mendoza, has volunteered as an assistant coach for the Rattlers for two years. This year he will remain with the Rattlers as an official hire.

Mendoza is originally from Colombia, where he graduated from “La Salle” Institute before immigrating to the United States in 2008.  Mendoza played for the Rattlers in 2010-2011 where he graduated with his Associates degree.  Mendoza is currently pursuing his Bachelor in Sports management at the University of Colorado Denver. 

Mendoza wants to do everything to help these young men become the best versions of themselves on and off the field.

Matthew Paeth, Holly, N.Y., joins Chris Hacker as the coaching staff OJC’s new wrestling program. 

Paeth is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a degree in agricultural engineering.   A USA Wrestling Bronze certified coach, he has experience assistant coaching at Kansas Wesleyan University, Waldorf College and with Team Kansas.

What drew Paeth to Otero Junior College was the fit for him as a coach. “I hope to help our student athletes get to the next level in their education as well as their wrestling,” said Paeth.
In his free time, Paeth enjoys hunting and fishing.  He is also a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan.

Rion Rayfield, Burlington, Wis., joins new Men’s Basketball head coach Brenden O’Connor as assistant coach of the Rattlers.  He will also serve as assistant residence hall coordinator. 

Prior to OJC, Rayfield was director of basketball operations at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.  Before that he served as assistant Men’s Basketball coach at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.  Rayfield has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Movement and Performance.

Rayfield was drawn to OJC by the success of the program over the past several years.  “I’m also grateful to be able to work alongside a young and energetic coach in Coach O’Connor,” said Rayfield.  “My goals are to help our student athletes have the best experience possible while at OJC and help to mold them into future leaders in whatever their future endeavors may be.” 

Outside of work, Rayfield enjoys staying active by working out and by doing individual instruction in basketball-specific workouts for professional, collegiate, high school and elementary level players.

Rachel Weiland of Walnut Creek, Calif. has joined new head coach, Jordan Willis, as assistant coach for Rattler Volleyball.

Weiland graduated with honors from London Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music industry management.  Her coaching experience includes coaching club volleyball at Juggernaut Volleyball Club.

“I came to OJC for the family vibes,” said Weiland. “My goal is to help lead our girls to the NJCAA National Championship.”

Weiland’s hobbies include, volleyball, discovering new bands, travelling and watching football.

Jordan Taylor White, from Chandler, Ariz., has been appointed the Assistant Women’s Soccer coach for OJC. Jordan is looking forward to joining a successful program and is honored to work with Head Coach Sierra Doherty-Cardenas.

Prior to receiving her bachelor’s in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from the University of Oklahoma, her club team achieved ten Arizona State Cup Championships and finished as two-time regional finalists. Ranking first in the country, White’s U18 Sereno club team acquired wins in high profile tournaments that included the President’s Day Cup and San Diego Surf Cup.

Leading up to her college career White was ranked in the top one-hundred recruits coming out of high school. She received scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Washington State, University of Colorado, and the University of Oklahoma. She accepted a full ride scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where she became a three year starter for the program.

While playing at the University of Oklahoma she helped in her teams development coming from the bottom of the Big 12 Conference to the Big 12 Championship game and the NCAA tournament her junior year.  Finishing her third season with a career-ending injury, she was forced to take a medical hardship her senior year. White remained a participant on the team working alongside the strength and conditioning coach taking on a new role as an undergrad assistant.

Since graduating from the University of Oklahoma Jordan has begun her career as a coach for both high school and club soccer and is excited to assist at the collegiate level. 

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Jordan Bishop, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

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Cruz Cortes, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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Jesse Jolly, Assistant Rodeo Coach