April 29, 2008
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University head volleyball coach Ray Gooden announced on Monday that assistant coach Kirstine Jensen has been promoted to associate head coach.
"I think this title is long over due for Kirstine," said Gooden. "Since day one, she has brought a wealth of experience and energy to our program. This title is just a way to show how important she is to our program."
"I think it is great," said Jensen. "After having been here for three years, I think that this is a program that we can take to another level. I am proud to be a part of this program and look forward to future."
Jensen came to the Huskie volleyball program in 2005 and immediately made an impact as Northern Illinois won the 2006 Mid-American Conference West Division title for the first time since 2001. Her great recruiting ability has also helped the program as she has helped attract talented student-athletes, such as, two-time Second-Team All-MAC and 2006 MAC All-Freshman selection Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview).
Jensen came to NIU after serving as an assistant under former NIU head coach Todd Kress at Florida State University for three seasons. At FSU, she was the recruiting and travel coordinator for Kress and helped lead the Seminoles to a pair of winning seasons, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in her first year with the program (2002).
Prior to her time with FSU, Jensen spent two years at Ohio University as an assistant for Mike Lessinger. While with the Bobcats, she helped OU win the MAC East Division for the first time in school history in her first season (2000). She also helped to lay the groundwork for Ohio's three-year MAC title run from 2003-2005.
As a player, Jensen led Ohio State to the NCAA Final Four as a junior in 1995 and was a four-time scholar-athlete for the Buckeyes before graduating magna cum laude from OSU with a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science in 1997.
Jensen was also inducted into the West Aurora High School Hall of Fame on February 8, 2008 to honor her as one of the school's best volleyball players ever. At West Aurora she was a four-year varsity letter winner, on the All Conference team three years, was team MVP two years and in her senior season in 1991 captained the team to a 27-10 record and a Sectional final berth.