Duke welcomes Garcia to coaching staff

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DURHAM- The Duke volleyball program has announced the addition of Jeremy Garcia to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Garcia will serve as an assistant coach, helping with all aspects of the program.

“We are delighted to announce Jeremy Garcia as assistant coach”, head coach Jolene Nagel said. “Jeremy brings a wealth of experience analyzing volleyball data and working with the top five volleyball programs. His enthusiasm and passion for volleyball is evident and his willingness to do the little things mundane things will pay dividends in everything we try to accomplish as a program. Our Staff and Search Committee believe that Jeremy has a bright future as a coach. His understanding of the game, his experience with coaching programs elite and their desire to develop the whole student-athlete in a healthy way will contribute to the success of our program and help us provide a quality experience for our student-athletes.”

Garcia brings with him a wealth of experience from two nationally recognized Power 5 volleyball programs in the Big Ten and Big 12, having served at Penn State and Texas.

“I would like to personally thank the head coach Jolene Nagelcoach Kellie Catanach Johnson and the entire Duke volleyball program for this tremendous training opportunity,” Garcia said. “I would also like to express my gratitude to Mitch Moser, Leslie Barnes, Dr. Greg Dale and the rest of the Duke Athletics community. There is something incredibly special about Duke University and all it stands for and offers for student-athlete excellence and achievement. I’m beyond excited to get to work…Come on Duke!”

Since the 2022 spring semester, Garcia has been on staff with the Texas volleyball program as a volunteer assistant coach. During off-season training, Garcia worked closely in the setter and center blocker positions both in training and in competition. He also spent a significant amount of time helping staff prepare and navigate the recruitment cycle for the following months, creating content and organizing information critical to executing program strategy.

Previously, Garcia served as a volunteer assistant coach for Penn State women’s volleyball and legendary Hall of Fame coach Russ Rose. In his role from December 2020 to December 2021, Garcia was responsible for team and individual training across multiple positions, with a focus on passers and defensive specialists. He also helped prepare opponents by developing scouting reports and handling video analysis.

Working closely with Coach Rose and the offense for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 seasons, Garcia helped guide Gabby Blossom to five Big Ten Conference Setter of the Week awards. His work with the offense helped rank the Nittany Lions near the top of the conference in hit percentage in both seasons.

Taking on more responsibility with the defensive specialists in the fall 2021 season, Garcia worked closely with libero Jenna Hampton as she earned second team All-Big Ten as well as second team AVCA All-Northeast Region. .

Garcia began his career in August 2017, while an undergrad in Texas, assisting head coach Jerritt Elliott’s nationally ranked program in various ways. He was responsible for all statistical training and game analysis, video coordination and technology operations. Garcia also spent a lot of time in the training gym initiating and leading drills, while being available for one-on-one sessions when needed. For the fall 2020 season, Garcia transitioned into the role of volunteer assistant coach for part of the year.

While at Texas, Garcia was part of the Longhorns’ dominant run through the Big 12, a dominance that included a 61-3 conference record and four conference championships. During those years, Texas volleyball also had several trips to the NCAA Tournament, reaching one regional semifinal and two regional finals.

While in Austin, Garcia also spent two seasons coaching with Austin Juniors Volleyball, one of the nation’s top junior programs. Coaching both boys’ and girls’ programs, his teams have compiled an impressive collection of accomplishments. Part of the staff of five different teams that won bids for the U.S. National Junior Volleyball Championships in those two seasons, Garcia appeared in three Open Division qualifiers, a bronze medal and two top-five placings in the sport’s final event.

Garcia, a native of Austin, Texas who now resides in Durham, earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the prestigious McCombs School of Business in the fall of 2020.

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