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Danville Community College named its new Lady Knights volleyball coach this week. Pictured, from left, are JoLane Tilley, athletic director, Jernaya Coleman, volleyball head coach, and Shannon Hair, vice president of institutional advancement and development.


DCC names new volleyball coach


(December 2, 2016)  – Jernaya Coleman was named head coach of the Danville Community College Lady Knights Volleyball Team this week and will lead the team’s third season in 2017.
“Danville Community College was fortunate enough to have a knowledgeable and experienced ladies volleyball coach already employed at the college as one of our high school career coaches,? said Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development Shannon Hair. “Dr. Coleman was highly recommended to the DCC Educational Foundation by the Halifax County community, where she was a standout player for the Halifax Comets. Dr. Coleman holds an undergraduate degree in health, physical education, along with masters and doctorate degrees in education. We are excited about the experience Dr. Coleman brings to this position and look forward to an extremely successful upcoming season for the Lady Knights volleyball team.?
The Danville Community College Educational Foundation (DCCEF) financially supports the start-up of any new sports program for up to three years at DCC.
“The DCCEF recognizes the importance of athletics in the lives of the college’s student body.? Hair said. “An active student is a healthy and successful student.?
Coleman is no stranger to success with more than six years of experience in coaching, certifications in career pathways leadership, career coaching, and volleyball coaching, and an award-winning track record during her time as a student at Halifax County High School, where she was named female athlete of the year, most valuable player in both volleyball and track and field, and inducted into a national honor society.
Coleman said she understands the importance of balancing academics with athletics and the ways in which those aspects of student life complement one another to make a stronger overall educational experience.
“By participating in athletics, students are able to have a lifelong connection with their school, teammates, and the community,? Coleman said. “It allows students to keep a progressive interest in their college experience. Athletics also provide students with an outlet outside of the classroom to have fun while learning the importance of teamwork, collaboration, perseverance, problem solving, communication, and accountability. For some students, participating in athletics can be a driving factor for excelling academically.?
Coleman said she is most excited about the start of the 2017 season.
“We plan to give our players the opportunity to participate in conditioning in the off season and, when August 1 arrives, we will be able to start practicing for the season. We plan to practice hard and play hard while enjoying the game of volleyball,? Coleman explained. “It is important for me to assess the skill level of the players and meet them where they are in order to grow and develop our team. We are looking forward to welcoming some new players along with our returning players.?
As for the upcoming season, Coleman said that the most important outcome is for each member of the team to develop a winning attitude, which includes a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence.
“I hope that we will have a dynamic group of young ladies that love the game of volleyball and are willing to work hard both on and off the court,? Coleman said. “By the end of the season, I hope to have a group of young ladies that have excelled academically as well as athletically.?
The DCC Lady Knights volleyball team competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Region X, Division III. Team statistics are available at

Students or prospective students interested in joining the volleyball team for the fall 2017 season should contact Athletic Director JoLane Tilley at 434-797-8481 or



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