Jen Gomez was hired as Pitt State's new head volleyball coach on December 16, 2015. She is the 11th head coach in program history.
"I am just thrilled to be able to lead the volleyball program at Pittsburg State," Gomez said. "The athletic department has such a great reputation as a whole. I am beyond excited to be a part of that. I want to work to get the volleyball program where it belongs, at the top of the MIAA and nationally recognized once again."
Gomez comes to Pittsburg State after serving the past five seasons as head coach at NCAA Division II member Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Overall, Gomez has 10 years of collegiate head coaching experience and a 202-135 career coaching record. She averaged 26.8 wins per year in five seasons as head coach at Oklahoma City University from 2006-10 while restarting a program that had been dormant on campus since 1983. In her final season at OCU, she led the Stars to a conference tournament championship and the program's first berth in the NAIA Division I National Tournament.
Additionally, Gomez served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, CSU-Pueblo (then University of Southern Colorado), from 2000-03 and at Angelo State University, from 2004-05, growing in the profession under a pair of legendary coaches in Tom Shoji and Kathleen Brasfield.
A native of Dodge City, Kan., Gomez was an NJCAA All-America player at Garden City Community College, as well as an NJCAA Scholar Athlete, before twice earning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors at CSU-Pueblo.
Gomez is married to Chanc Gomez. The couple has two children, daughter Micah, 5, and son, Ryder, 1 1/2.
"We are very excited to have Jen Gomez join the Pitt State family," athletics director Jim Johnson said. "We think she is the right person at this point in time to lead the Gorillas as we seek to rebuild our volleyball program.
"We had specific things in mind when looking for a new coach to lead the Gorillas. We understand that it will be a process to get our volleyball program back where we expect all of our Gorilla athletics programs to be, contending for MIAA titles and berths to the national tournament. In order to reach these goals, we conducted our search with several primary criteria in mind: extensive training and mentoring experiences as an assistant coach under proven successful head coaches in winning programs; proven experience as a four-year college head coach, preferably experience in Division II; and credible playing and leadership experiences as a student-athlete at the collegiate level. Finally, we needed someone who is a great fit with the rest of our staff."
"Coach Gomez meets all these criteria and brings many intangibles as well," Johnson added. "From her playing experience as a junior college All-American and RMAC Player of the Year, to beginning a successful program at Oklahoma City and leading the growth of her team at Colorado State-Pueblo, she has proven she knows what it takes to win, as a player, an assistant and a head coach. She comes highly recommended by the head coaches she has worked with and by her peers. We feel that she has the perfect skill set to move our volleyball program forward in the MIAA and NCAA Division II."