Coach Jen has loved all sports her whole life and started playing volleyball over 25 years ago. As a young player she got to travel all over the country playing club volleyball. Her Ft. Lauderdale, FL high school team won the State Championship three years in a row. As a senior, Jen was recruited to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She was a starter all four years and garnished multiple school records and earned numerous league honors. In November 2016, she was named to the Patriot League Silver Anniversary Volleyball Team, which recognized the top 25 athletes over the past 25 years. Upon graduation, Jen was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps, a pesky shoulder injury cut her military time short and she began playing and coaching for fun. Coach Jen enjoys sharing her love and respect for the game and it’s players.
Jen spent several seasons coaching OPVBC at the 14, 15, 17 and 18 year old levels. She also coached Club and Middle school in Collierville, TN. While she enjoys the younger ages, she also likes the tactics and speed involved in the older age groups. Jen is Impact certified and previously completed CAP I Certification.
Jen is happily married to an active duty Naval Officer, has two children (John and Rebecca) and their fun loving yellow lab Daisy.
Lara Sweeney has been with the BHS staff as JV coach for the past four seasons. Lara was a Division I starting setter for Rice University in Houston, Texas earning all Southwest Conference honors in 1986.
Lara has been active in the volleyball community most of her adult life. She is an ardent supporter of youth sports and served 5 years as Tournament Director and Executive Staff Member for Festival Sports running the Volleyball Festival, a week-long junior national volleyball tournament which was the largest women’s sporting event in the world at the time.
Before moving to Bainbridge Island, she served as coach and club director for the Camas Ohana Volleyball Club in Camas, WA.
While her two children were approaching school age, Ms. Sweeney worked for the Pacific Athletic Conference (aka the “Pac 10”) evaluating the game-time performance of officials at Stanford, Cal Berkeley, Oregon, Oregon State and UW.
Along with her husband and two children, Lara moved to the Island in 2003 and coached the U14 Bainbridge Island Volleyball Club team in 2004. She is excited to continue working with the coaching staff as JV coach this season.