Volleyball Coaching Staff
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Career Record: 557-291 | Duke Record: 354-151
At Duke (1999-Present): The fifth head volleyball coach in school history, Jolene Nagel is in her 17th season at the helm of the Duke volleyball program after joining the Blue Devil staff in 1999.
Under her guidance, Duke has earned a reputation as one of the elite programs on the East Coast. Nagel has led the Blue Devils to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances over the past 14 seasons, including an ACC-record seven consecutive trips to the postseason event from 2005-11. A perennial contender in the ACC, Duke has recorded 20 or more wins in 13 of Nagel’s 16 campaigns and consistently finishes among the top three in the conference. Nagel has guided the Blue Devils to four ACC regular season championships, an overall record of 354-151 and an ACC record of 213-87. The winningest Duke volleyball coach on record, she also ranks among the league coaching leaders in overall winning percentage, ACC winning percentage, ACC wins and NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 2014 season was no exception in a long line of sucessful campaigns under Nagel. Duke posted a 22-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in program history. Senior Kelsey Williams earned inaugural ACC Setter of the Year honors and joined teammates Jeme Obeime and Emily Sklar in AVCA All-America honorable mention distinction.
In 2013, the Blue Devils earned the No. 16 national seed and hosted the opening rounds of the tournament for the fifth time in program history. Duke clinched the ACC title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling five-set victory over rival North Carolina in the regular season finale. Nagel garnered her fourth ACC Coach of the Year honor, while guiding Emily Sklar and Ali McCurdy to ACC Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively.
Nagel garnered her third ACC Coach of the Year and East Region Coach of the Year awards in 2010 as Duke won its third ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final for the first time in program history. One of the top postseason performances in school history, Duke was awarded the No. 12 national seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament after posting a 24-6 overall record and owning the No. 13 spot in the national RPI.
The Blue Devils continued to churn out 20-plus win seasons from 2005-09, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of those campaigns. During that span Duke placed eight players on both the All-ACC and AVCA All-East Region teams while seven Blue Devils earned All-America honors, including 2007 ACC Player of the Year Carrie DeMange.
In 2001, Nagel’s third season in Durham, she took home her first ACC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Blue Devils to a 23-5 record and the ACC regular season championship. She led Duke to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.
Cornell (1988-91): Nagel’s head coaching resume began a four-year stint at Cornell University in the Ivy League during which she led the program to its first Ivy League title in 1991, the first of three-straight for the Big Red. While at Cornell, Nagel amassed an 85-40 mark and a 23-5 conference record. The Big Red finished first in the Ivy League three consecutive years from 1989-91, including two perfect 7-0 marks in conference action.
Nagel was named the 1991 Ithaca Journal Coach of the Year during her final season at Cornell. Her 85 wins and .680 winning percentage still rank second behind Andrea Dutcher, the first-ever volleyball coach at Cornell.