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Wolverton tabbed as Assistant Director of Athletics

Jessica Wolverton (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Jessica Wolverton (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Jessica Wolverton has been named McDaniel College's Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services, announced by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer on Wednesday.

Wolverton has been elevated to the newly-created position after serving the last seven seasons as volleyball coach. With the full-time administrative position, she will step down as volleyball coach and a national search for her successor will begin immediately.

"We're extremely excited about this new position," Moyer said. "As we went through the search process, we realized that we had an extremely talented candidate already on our staff and Jess quickly became our top choice. She has been a valuable part of our department and has excelled as a coach, a Kinesiology professor and in her administrative duties. I also want to thank her for what she has done for our volleyball program, making it a perennial contender in the conference again. We will look to continue that tradition going forward."

Wolverton served as department's SAAC advisor since arriving on the Hill in 2012 until last spring when she relinquished that duty to take over as director of compliance. In her new role, she will continue to monitor eligibility and serve as liaison to the NCAA and Centennial Conference related to rules questions for all 24 varsity sports.

She will also conduct student welfare and professional development programming for all student-athletes and coaches. She will also serve as the department's primary administrator for all diversity and inclusion programs and will serve as the department's liaison to the office of student and academic affairs. She will also serve as the department's senior woman administrator.

"I am truly honored to be entrusted with this new opportunity here at McDaniel College and first and foremost offer my sincere thanks to Paul Moyer for his continued confidence in me," Wolverton said. "I have the utmost respect for our administrative team and see the hard work my colleagues put in every day to create wonderful experiences for the McDaniel students. Throughout my time on this campus, I have been fortunate to work with dedicated, thoughtful, and passionate student-athletes in the volleyball program and on the student-athlete advisory committee. I look forward to assisting in the growth of our department and will strive to make everyone's experience as a Green Terror the best it can be."

Wolverton posted a 120-84 record in seven seasons as volleyball coach, guiding the Green Terror to the postseason in five of the last six years. She won the conference title in 2015 and guided the squad back to the title game in 2018.

The two-time CC Coach of the Year became just the second person to win a CC title as both a player and a coach.

Prior to taking over at McDaniel, she spent the previous two seasons as the head volleyball coach at Sewanee: The University of the South.

A Lancaster, Pa., native, Wolverton was a standout volleyball and soccer player at Hempfield High School before playing volleyball collegiately at CC-rival Gettysburg. In 2010, she was inducted into the Hempfield Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2003 CC Player of the Year, she was part of four conference championship teams during her time as a Bullet. She was a first-team AVCA All-Mid-Atlantic selection in 2003, also garnering honorable mention All-America accolades, before being selected as an honorable mention all-region selection in 2004. During her four years leading the team, the Bullets racked up a 108-34 record, including a 37-3 mark in conference play.

A two-time All-CC first-team selection, she finished her career at Gettysburg 1,605 career kills – a total which still ranks third in program history. She also notched 1,339 career digs, which is still ninth all-time, to become one of just eight players in program history to be part of the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club.

After graduation, she went to Florida State University and spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as a graduate assistant with the Seminoles volleyball program while earning her masters of science from the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems.

While at Sewanee, she also served as the assistant sports information director and as an instructor in the physical education department.

Wolverton graduated cum laude from Gettysburg in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in psychology.