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OJC Press Release ID: 3042

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Jordan Willis leaving OJC’s Volleyball on a High Note


Jordan Willis, Otero Junior College’s most successful head women’s volleyball coach to date, will be leaving OJC to coach at Davis and Elkins College, an NCAA Division II school in Elkins, W.V.

Coming to Otero Junior College in 2016, Willis is the winningest coach in OJC history by percentage, posting an 89-48 (.649) mark in his four seasons. He helped the 2018 squad to its first national ranking in program history, guiding the Rattlers up to 19th in the NJCAA Volleyball Poll.

This past season, Willis led the Lady Rattlers to their first ever NJCAA Region IX Championship and on to the College’s first ever appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament, where it had a seventh-place finish.

Among the players he coached at OJC was Brilane Manchego, who was the school’s first All-American player. She was named a first team All-American by the NJCAA and a second team All-American by the American Volleyball coaches Association. He also coached three other all-region first team selections.

Prior to OJC, Willis was an assistant coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo from 2011-15, working primarily as the team’s offensive and recruiting coordinator. The Lady Thunderwolves earned berths into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament in 2011, 2014 and 2015 during his time at CSU-P.

Prior to CSU-Pueblo, Willis was an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 2007-10. He was the coach of the men’s and women’s club volleyball teams at St. Mary’s College in California from 2003-06. Willis played volleyball at St. Mary’s, where he was a four-year starter.

Gary Addington, former athletic director at OJC and now the College’s dean of students summed up the contribution that Willis had on OJC and the volleyball program.

“Jordan made a positive impact the day he set foot on our campus as he completely turned our program into a national contender. His great character, energy and positive attitude was so contagious he made everybody better around him. He recruited high quality people that were very driven and goal oriented. His teams competed in a highly competitive Region IX, and in his last season, he was able to take home the Region IX title. But more importantly, his team always finished with at least a 3.2 team GPA while maintaining a near perfect graduation rate in his four seasons at OJC.”

Addington’s connection to the program went beyond that of an athletic director, as his daughter also played for Willis.

“My daughter was fortunate enough to play two seasons for him and I couldn’t have asked for a better coach/person to lead and mentor her. His leadership on campus and in the athletic department will be missed. Davis and Elkins got a good one in Jordan,” said Addington.

Lauren Addington played for Willis for two seasons before transferring to Marymount California University where she played for two more seasons.

“Coach Willis taught me more about volleyball than any other coach I have had. He is very knowledgeable about the game and genuinely cares about all of his athletes. He was so invested into his athletes that he would have done anything for us he could to help us be successful. I wish I could have played for him all 4 years of my college playing experience, but at least I had him for my first two at OJC. I wish him nothing but the best, said Lauren.

Jamie Joss, athletic director at Davis & Elkins College, stated that Willis will be only the seventh head coach in the history of the women's volleyball program.

"Jordan has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for volleyball that our team was drawn to during the interview process. He has experienced success with every program he has been involved with, and we can't wait to see him lead our program to new heights building upon the strong foundation built over the past five seasons,” said Joss.

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Jordan Willis, Otero Junior College’s most successful head women’s volleyball coach to date, will be leaving OJC to coach at Davis and Elkins College, an NCAA Division II school in Elkins, W.V.