Jenni Shepherd-Kelley

Jenni Sheperd-Kelley begins her second season as an Aquinas women's volleyball assistant coach in the 2020-21 campaign.

The 2019 Saints finished 17-13 overall, 14-6 in WHAC play, and as regular season conference runner-up.

On the same day that the 2019 Aquinas women's volleyball team began fall practice for the upcoming season, Saints head coach Ryan Campbell announced that Shepherd-Kelley would join the AQ coaching staff as his assistant coach. A former Grand Haven High School standout who continued her playing career as an NCAA Division I player, Shepherd spent the previous year as Campbell's assistant coach at Cornerstone.

During her lone year with Campbell on the Cornerstone sidelines, the Golden Eagles finished 30-10 and won the WHAC Tournament championship. CU finished 15-5 in the conference regular season and went 18-2 in home matches. Cornerstone also advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2018 and Shepherd coached AVCA Mideast Region Player of the Year and Second Team All-American Kendra Zwart.

"Jenni is a great motivator and technical coach," Campbell explained. "She brings the most out of each player and truly loves the game of volleyball."

Prior to her year at Cornerstone, Shepherd was the head varsity coach at Holland Christian High School. She also worked as a coach and Clinic Instructor for Team Angle Volleyball Club in Muskegon.

"I am full of gratitude for this amazing opportunity to coach at Aquinas College," Shepherd said. "Coaching volleyball is my greatest passion and it's not every day that you get to coach a group with this much talent and potential. I want to thank Ryan for offering me this position and I look forward to being a part of the Aquinas family. Go Saints!"

During her high school playing days, she was a First Team All-State honoree at Grand Haven. Shepherd attended Charleston Southern University and was tabbed as a First Team All-Big South selection during her collegiate career.