Jennifer Fry begins her first season as a volunteer coach for the Fighting Illini. She brings with her extensive experience as both a head and assistant coach in the world of volleyball.
Fry served as the head coach at Norfolk State from 2007-10, leading the Spartans to three straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament appearances. This marked the first postseason appearances for the program since 2004 when every team made the MEAC Tournament. She also coached the first all-conference performer since the team went Division I.
Fry spent 2010 as the assistant coach and chief recruiter at Washington State, where she trained the hitters, defensive players and engineered the serve receive system. .
A native of Yuma, Ariz., Fry holds an Associate of Arts degree from Arizona Western College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from the University of Montevallo and a Master's of Criminal Justice Degree from Tiffin University.
Her coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Tiffin, where from 2002-04 she had a hand in all aspects of the program, including coordinating camp and game management of home events. Tiffin ranked second in NCAA Division II in digs in 2002.
Fry made stops as assistant coach at both Seward County Community College (2005-06) and Angelo State (2006-07) before landing her first head coaching job.
She has also been involved in USA Volleyball, which has included serving an assistant coach for the USAV High Performance Championship Junior Continental team in 2011.
Fry had a stellar playing career, earning all-conference honors in 1999 while helping Arizona Western to a No. 10 national ranking. She was an All-Gulf South Conference performer at Montevallo, leading the Falcons to a No. 24 ranking in NCAA Division II.