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Bulls Welcome Jade Hayes as Newest Assistant

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DATE: July 1, 2020


Web Release: https://bit.ly/2CRMHia



Bulls Welcome Jade Hayes as Newest Assistant

Head coach Jolene Shepardson adds another experienced coach to her new USF volleyball staff.


TAMPA, JULY 1, 2020 – Head coach Jolene Shepardson is happy to announce Jade Hayes as her new assistant coach for the USF volleyball program.

Hayes heads to South Florida after serving as an assistant coach of the Missouri State beach volleyball program for the 2020 season.

“I am thankful to have Jade join our staff. Having grown up in the gym and being a coach’s daughter, Jade has a wealth of knowledge of the game,” Shepardson said. “She is also a wonderful role model for our young women as a woman of character and has been a successful student-athlete herself. She has a positive effect on everyone she comes in contact with because of her radiant personality, love for people, and unending energy.” 

Hayes brings much experience in both the beach and indoor games to the Bulls. A two-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in high school, Hayes played her first two collegiate volleyball seasons at Missouri. She graduated from Mizzou in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences/health professions after appearing in 65 matches and 227 sets, and transferred to Central Florida for her final two indoor seasons.

At UCF, Hayes accumulated more than 1,000 digs in two seasons, and then concluded her eligibility on the South Carolina beach volleyball team in spring 2015. She returned to UCF to work as a graduate assistant and director of operations for the Knights' volleyball program, and completed her master's degree in interdisciplinary studies at the school in May 2017.

Hayes remains active on the professional beach volleyball circuit, and has been a Platform 1440 sponsored athlete since 2018.

This upcoming season will mark the first for the Bulls under the leadership of Shepardson, who returned to USF volleyball 18 years after she helped lead the program to its last conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance as a student-athlete in 2002.

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They have beach volleyball in Missouri?  Also a former knight

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28 minutes ago, chapelbull said:

Also a former knight

Maybe she's seen the light 😃

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