Columbus State announces hiring of coaching veteran Jill Yocum

Columbus State announces hiring of coaching veteran Jill Yocum

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus State Community College has announced the hiring of Jill Yocum as the Head Women's Volleyball Coach.

Over the past seven years, Yocum has served in several capacities with the Cougar volleyball program, including assisting under then-head coaches Scott Nichols and Kevin Burch and managing under Jaclynn Yocum. In addition, she works as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Sports and Exercise Studies.

"Jill's heart and soul is in teaching and coaching. When you look at the insight, integrity, and depth needed for this position, Jill is a natural" said athletic director Scott Nichols. "We are excited that Jill is stepping into this role and feel confident she will continue the legacy established as an elite NJCAA program."

Yocum, a resident of Plain City, has coached and taught at the collegiate and high school levels over the past 35 years. For the 18 years, she has coached national, American, and elite level teams through the Junior Olympic Club program. As a high school head coach at Beechcroft and Jonathan Alder, she achieved a combined record of 316-80, winning nine district titles and 20 league titles.  While coaching, she received a multitude of awards including League Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year, Ohio State High Distinction, and was named the Ohio State Coach of the Year. As well as coaching, she taught in physical education and health for 33 years in Columbus City Schools.

Yocum graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health and Recreation a Master's Degree in Education and Recreation Administration.

Yocum inherits a team that had its most successful season on record last year. The Cougars went 34-4, winning the conference and regional championships and finishing fourth at the national tournament.