The Oldenburg File
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Grand Rapids Force
USA National Team
University of Illinois
Jen Flynn Oldenburg begins her ninth year as an assistant at Illinois after an impressive playing career. She has been a motivating force during practices and matches. Her work with the serving and passing as well as the defensive specialists has been instrumental to the success of four straight Sweet 16 appearances and the 2011 run to the national runner-up. During her time at Illinois, she has also shared her expertise with the setters. Oldenburg assists in all aspects of the program, with her main focus being on court training, recruiting coordination, travel, summer camps and compliance/equipment/facilities liaison. In her nine years, five players have earned All-America honors and eight different players have earned 12 first team All-Big Ten honors.
Oldenburg was one of the top setters in the country prior to coming to Illinois, starting at setter for the USA National Team and leading the Americans to the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships. She also was a starter for the Grand Rapids Force of the USPV and played on the USPV "Dream Team," starting at setter for the Millennium Cup champion USPV All-Stars, during which she was named to the all-tournament team.
Oldenburg grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and played at Ohio State from 1996-99. She helped lead the Buckeyes to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in '99 and honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in `97. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time Ohio State scholar athlete. Oldenburg, who remains the only Big Ten player to be named All-Big Ten at two positions (setter and outside hitter), ranks sixth in OSU history with 3,213 assists, ninth with 1,138 digs and 14th with 274 (32-242) blocks.
Oldenburg earned a bachelor's degree in sport and leisure studies and was a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State in 2001. Prior to her career at Illinois, she worked in the Rockford, Mich., elementary school system. She has shared her expertise at the Jen Flynn Setter Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, the Tri-State Volleyball Camp in Pittsburgh, Pa., and most recently with the USA High Performance Select age group in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Oldenburg's success started in high school, where she led Baldwin High School to the 1995 state championship. In 2007, Oldenburg was named a charter member of Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Hall of Fame, which included golf legend Arnold Palmer.
A three-sport student-athlete, she was first-team All-WPIAL in volleyball, basketball and softball as well as first-team all-state in volleyball. She was also a four-time scholar athlete. She earned Gatorade/Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year and was named the Female Athlete of the Year by both the Pittsburgh Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune. Oldenburg has also been inducted into the Baldwin High School Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Her husband, Steve, is a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Illinois. He trains the volleyball team as well as women's soccer, men's tennis, and men's golf. They are the parents of a son, Maverick.