Jill Yocum is in her fourth year as head coach for the Columbus State Cougars. She has accumulated a 58-37 record over two seasons. Coach Yocum has led the volleyball team to two NJCAA DIII national championship appearances, including a 5th place finish in 2016 and a 4th place finish in 2017. In 2017, the Columbus State volleyball team was awarded the NJCAA DIII Volleyball Sportsmanship Award at the national tournament.
Since transitioning to DIII in 2016, Yocum has produced three NJCAA athletic all-Americans, Hannah Wallace, Allyse Rutter, and Haley Litman. In fact, Litman is the only student-athlete in Columbus State history to achieve both academic and athletic all-American status. Additionally, Leah Conway, Julia Littell, and Julia Wynn have all been named NJCAA academic all-Americans under Coach Yocum's tutelage.
The two-time District G Coach of the Year has maintained over a .500 conference record over the past three seasons, despite competing nearly exclusively with DII programs.
Over the past ten years, Yocum has served in several capacities with the Cougar volleyball program, including assisting under then-head coaches Scott Nichols, Kevin Burch and Jaclynn Yocum. In addition, she works as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Sports and Exercise Studies.
Yocum has coached and taught at the collegiate and high school levels over the past 35 years. For the past 20 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.
A Columbus, OH native, Yocum has three children Ryan, Ashley, and Jaclynn, and three grandchildren, Brooklynn, Brayden, and Cali.