AVCA: Who or what has made you want to pursue coaching?
Deborah Jones: As I was growing up playing volleyball, I had the best coaches. My high school and college coaches not only taught me how to be a great volleyball player, but they taught me how to become a better person. Once I was able to understand what coaching was all about, that is when I decided I wanted to pursue coaching.
AVCA: Who or what has been your biggest coaching influence?
DJ: Reginald McGary was my high school coach at West End High School. He prepared me for each level of play that I would experience in the future. He showed me what it took to become the best athlete and person on and off the court
AVCA: Please list your past and present coaching/playing experiences:
Fort Valley State University 2003-2007
Most Valuable Player, 2003-2007
Best Offensive Player, 2003-04, 2005-07
Female Athlete of the Year, 2005-2006
SIAC Player of the Year, 2006-2007
SIAC All Tournament Team, 2004-07
SIAC All Conference Team, 2004-07
Ranked #1 in Conference Hitting Percentage, 2005-06
Ranked #2 in Conference Blocking Percentage, 2005-06
Lead Conference in Kills and Blocks, 2006-07
AVCA: What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention?
DJ: I am looking forward to learning and bringing back new ideas back to my volleyball program at Miles College. I am ready to take on new challenges, meet the most influential coaches ever to coach, and lastly experience something I have never experienced before at the 2012 AVCA Convention.