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Volleyball - Fri, Jan. 13, 2012 - posted by
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Fullerton, CA- Hope International University is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Walker as their new Women's Volleyball Head Coach effective immediately. Walker joins the Royals coaching staff with numerous coaching experiences at the high school level and as part of the 951 Elite Volleyball Club staff.

Athletic Director John Turek stated, "Jessica is an outstanding volleyball coach. Her energy will inject new life into our volleyball program. Her ties with the 951 club should enhance our recruiting opportunities."

Coach Walker simply said, "I am excited and looking forward to working hard."

Most of her coaching expertise comes from working with the 951 Elite Volleyball Club- one of the premier volleyball clubs in the Inland Empire. After spending two and half years working with the 17-2 team including as the head coach for 7 months, Walker is currently the Head Coach of the 15-1 team while serving as the assistant on the 18-1 team. Off the roster of her 17-2 team, five girls have gone on to play college volleyball including one at a NCAA Division I school. Even with taking over the Royals job she will continue to coach with the 951 teams.

In the high school ranks, Walker has coached the past two seasons as the Varsity coach at her alma mater Redlands High School. Last year, she led the Terriers to a 14-10 record that included a trip to the CIF playoffs. Her dad, Jim Walker, has been the head football coach at RHS since 1992.

Prior to coaching at RHS, Walker spent a year coaching varsity at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA. The Wolves finished 13-12 while also advancing to the CIF playoffs under her care.

Walker spent her final three collegiate years playing for the University of Redlands. She left her mark on the Bulldogs' program as she finished 4th all-time in career assists with 1,363. Her placement so high on the All-Time list is made even more impressive knowing she split her first two years as an outside hitter and setter. Her 722 assists as a Senior rank fourth all-time in a single season at UR. With Walker running the offense, the Bulldogs advanced to the Regional Finals for the first time in school history in 2006.

She began her college playing days at Cal State San Bernardino. As a member of the Coyotes, they reached the NCAA Division II National Semi-Finals.

Educationally, Walker earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Redlands in 2007.

Coach Walker resides in Redlands, CA, and attends Oak Valley Church.

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