ROME, Ga. -- Caitlyn Jansen has been named head volleyball coach at Berry College, announced Vikings' Director of Athletics Todd Brooks.
Jansen served as Berry's assistant volleyball coach for the past four years under Mika Robinson, who resigned to take a similar job at Rollins College. She joined Berry's volleyball program as a graduate assistant coach during the summer of 2012. She was then promoted and became Berry Volleyball's first full time assistant in August of 2013. In 2014, Jansen earned her MBA from Berry College.
In her four years with the program, the Vikings posted a 94-36 record (.723 winning percentage). In Southern Athletic Association play, the Vikings went 47-10 (.824). Jansen helped Berry teams earn two SAA regular season championships, two conference tournament titles and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances.
Additionally, Jansen focused on improving Berry's blocking and succeeded as the Vikings improved their blocks-per-set from 1.03 in 2011 to 2.75 in 2015--which was the second best in NCAA Division III volleyball last year.
"I am extremely excited that Caitlyn has accepted our offer to be our next women's volleyball coach," Brooks said. "She had a storied career as a student-athlete at Christopher Newport University, and has been an integral part of our volleyball program as our assistant coach. These experiences have prepared her well for this opportunity. I am confident that not only will she maintain the type of success we have been accustomed to in volleyball since joining the NCAA, but she will be able to elevate our program to even greater heights. Not only is she a wonderful coach, but a tremendous young woman who can mentor our student-athletes in a manner that is expected here at Berry College, for life beyond college. I look forward to the future of our women's volleyball program under Caitlyn's direction."
Jansen played at Christopher Newport from 2007-10, earning USA South Conference Player of the Year as a junior. That same year, she was named a third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. As a senior, Jansen was a second-team All-American.
A first team All-Conference and All-South Region selection in each of her final two years as a player, Jansen was the USA South Tournament MVP and the Most Outstanding Player at the New York Regional Tournament in 2009. As a senior, Jansen was named to the USA South All-Tournament team, and was the Most Outstanding Player at the Newport News Regional Tournament. She also earned first team Virginia DII/DIII All-State honors.
In her four years at CNU, the Captains had a record of 140-24 (.853). She helped her team to an undefeated USA South Conference four-year record of 72-0. In 2010, she set the CNU team record for the highest single season attack percentage (.417). Jansen also owns program records for a career attack percentage (.347) and block assists in a match (11).
After graduating from Christopher Newport, Jansen became an assistant coach at her alma mater in 2011. With Jansen on the sidelines, CNU recorded a 38-5 overall record on the way to an NCAA Division III national runner-up finish in 2011. That season saw Christopher Newport win its fifth straight conference championship, third straight regional championship, and make its first ever appearance in the national championship match.
Jansen was a strong student at CNU, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing upon graduation in May of 2011. As a freshman, Jansen was named the team's Academic MVP and also received recognition to the USA South All-Academic Team. She was an NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee and the Female Recipient of the Don Scalf Award, presented to the USA South Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010-11.
"Throughout this process I have felt extremely supported by everyone at Berry and I am truly appreciative to President Briggs, Dean Debbie Heida and Athletic Director Todd Brooks for entrusting me to lead this program," said Jansen. "I have had a great mentor in Mika Robinson over the past four seasons and my goal is to honor what we've built together by continuing to pursue excellence both on and off the court. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead and I am very eager to get started."
Jansen lives in Rome and is engaged to Sean Moriarty. The couple is planning a July wedding.