Hohl an 'obvious choice' to be Cats new leaderJanuary 28, 2019
By HENDRIX MAGLEY
Jasper volleyball has always played an important role in Jennifer Hohl’s life.
Whether it was leading the Cats to four straight volleyball sectional championships from 1999 to 2002 or working with the Jasper volleyball program in a variety of stints, it only seems fitting that her first head coaching position comes at the place where she got her start.
“I was always hoping that when I decided to move back home and get into coaching, that I’d get to be the head coach of this program,” said Hohl, who was officially named Jasper's new head volleyball coach at Monday night's Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board meeting. “This program meant so much to me when I was here that it’s always been a goal of mine.”
Hohl graduated from Jasper in 2002 and went on to play volleyball collegiately at Lake Land Community College for two years and then finished the final two years of her career at the University of Houston.
With the Cougars, Hohl was the team’s primary setter and even received honors as Conference USA’s Co-Setter of the Week during her senior season. She was also a co-captain during her time at Lake Land College.
For Jasper athletic director Brian Lewis, the decision to hire someone who has been involved with the Wildcat volleyball program as much as Hohl was a no-brainer.
“She’s been involved with the middle school program and our youth program and was also a varsity assistant for a year,” Lewis said. “Even though it wasn’t at the top level, she’s somebody who’s been very involved with the program. She was an obvious choice and one that we’re very confident in leading our program.”
While this isn’t Hohl’s first stint with the varsity program at Jasper (she was a varsity assistant under former head coach Liz Milligan in 2017), this will be the first time she’s ever been the main person in charge.
She admits that a little bit of nerves came with taking the position at her alma mater but she’s confident that her past experience will help her in this new position.
“I think it’s really great to have that background because I know the history of Jasper volleyball and I know the expectations,” Hohl said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking but I’m also excited to be able to continue that success again.”
Hohl’s past coaching experience includes being Jasper Middle School’s head coach from 2014-17, a volunteer varsity assistant at the high school from 2009-11 and she also did work with Jasper’s feeder program from 2015-17. During her time with the Cougars, she also was a student assistant coach during the 2006-07 season.
She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Houston and currently works for Jasper Engines and Transmissions.
The Jasper volleyball team is coming off of a 27-8 season which saw them clinch their third straight Big Eight conference title.The Cats will return several key players such as outside hitter Reagan Egbert, setter Kate Green, defensive specialist Meredith Hilgefort and outside hitter Riley Merder.
Hohl is excited to begin working with the girls and can’t wait to feel the same energy that she used to feel in her playing days with the Wildcats.
“Being able to get back in the gym with the girls again, that’s the best part about it,” Hohl said. “Working with the student athletes and watching them grow and succeed both on and off the court — that’s the thing that excites me most about coaching.”
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