Jenny Maurer was named the eighth head coach in Bradley Volleyball history in January 2011 and begins her third year on The Hilltop in 2013. Maurer came to Bradley after spending the previous four years as head coach at Lehigh.
In her first two seasons with the Braves, she led BU to the squad's first season with 10 or more wins (12) since 2005 in her debut season of 2011. During her brief tenure on The Hilltop, Maurer has guided Bradley to eight Missouri Valley Conference wins, surpassing the team's total from the four seasons between 2007-10 combined.
Maurer has displayed a knack for improving a team's record, leading squads to improved marks in each of her first five seasons as a collegiate head coach.
The 2012 season saw Bradley post the first 5-0 start to a season in program history. The Braves went on to win three road matches, matching the team's road win total from the previous four years. In addition, BU won a total of six road or neutral site matches for the most wins away from home since 2005. The Braves won three of their final four home matches of the year.
Helping highlight the 2012 season, was junior Alise Tupuritis who posted the most kills by a Bradley player since 2006 and fellow junior Lauren Zerante. After playing middle blocker and outside hitter her first two seasons at BU, Zerante moved to libero and finished two digs short of just the fourth 500 dig season in program history.
Bradley finished with a 7-6 home record in 2011, marking the team's first winning record at home since 2005 and finished one game away from the team's first State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance since the 2005 campaign.
During her first year at Bradley, Rachelle Dejean broke the Bradley career digs record, breaking Jenny Pavlas' previous school record of 1,361 digs which had stood since the 1997 season. In addition, freshman setter Madison Kamp turned in the most double-doubles (8) by a BU player since 2008 and most a Bradley freshman since Marika Giguere had 14 in 2000. Fellow freshman Courtney Keefe was a two-time MVC Freshman of the Week selection.
A two-time All-America student-athlete at NCAA Division III power Washington University in St. Louis, Maurer enjoyed steady success in her first college coaching position at Lehigh. She inherited a program that was 0-29 in 2006 and had managed only a 9-74 combined record in three years prior to her arrival. During her four years with the Mountain Hawks, Maurer led Lehigh to an improved record in each season, culminating with a 13-13 ledger in 2010. She also coached Lehigh into the four-team Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2003 with a 7-7 conference record in 2009 and she improved her squad's RPI by 130 spots during her four years.
Maurer coached four All-Patriot League players at Lehigh, as well as the 2009 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Academically, Maurer mentored 12 student-athletes in her first three years who earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Her program also has been active in community service activities and twice was the leading fundraiser, per student-athlete, for the C.O.A.C.H. Adopt-A-Family event at Lehigh.
Prior to entering the college ranks, Maurer was the varsity head coach at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, where she compiled a 182-63 (.743) record in seven seasons and won five district and sectional championships. After finishing fourth in the 2003 Missouri Class 4 state tournament, St. Joseph's was the state runner-up in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and ranked among the nation's top 100 high school programs in each of her final four years. She coached five all-state performers and sent 13 student-athletes on to college programs at all levels, including two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division I All-American Bridget Fonke.
Maurer began her coaching career at the club level in 2000, directing the Kirkwood (Mo.) Volleyball Club 14U team to four local and regional tournament titles and a top-10 finish at the AAU national championships in her only season with the program. The four tournament titles were the first for the team in its third year together. While at Lehigh, Maurer also worked closely with the Court Authority Volleyball Academy in Bethlehem, Pa., as a coaching consultant.
Maurer earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1999 from Washington University, where she played for legendary volleyball coach Teri Clemens, who finished her career with a 529-77 (.873) record. A four-year letterwinner and two-time national champion, Maurer earned first-team All-America honors from the AVCA and Asics/Volleyball Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and she was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team after helping Washington to the 1996 national title. A three-time all-conference and all-region selection, Maurer also was a three-time Division III national player of the week.
Maurer and her husband, Todd, have two children: son Hudson (7) and daughter Chaney (5).