Head Coach, Colorado School of Mines
NCAA Divsion II
After one season as an assistant coach at the Colorado School of Mines, Jamie Skadeland was promoted to the head coaching position for the 2008 season, where she promptly helped turn the program around.
After finishing 11-20 in 2007, Skadeland guided the Orediggers to a 19-13 record, just one shy of tying the single-season program record, and into the semifinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinals.
Prior to her arrival at CSM, Skadeland spent two seasons as an assistant at Minnesota State University - Mankato, where she earned her master's degree in sport psychology.
Skadeland grew up around the sport, which led to her wanting to coach in it.
"My mother was the head volleyball coach at our local high school and community college," she said. "I grew up with the sport, as I volunteered as the water girl or I would sit in the volleyball buckets while the team practiced so I could watch. Volleyball is 'in my blood." I cannot imagine myself doing anything else!
"I played at the University of North Dakota and realized shortly after my senior year that I wanted to stay at the collegiate level. (Head coach) Dennis Amundson at Minnesota State University - Mankato gave me an opportunity to accomplish that goal."
In addition to her goals of improving her coaching skills and contributing to the growth of the sport, she also hopes that "I enjoy my last day of coaching as much as I have enjoyed my first."