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Jennifer McDowell has elevated the Emory University volleyball
program to national prominence, culminating with the Eagles'
claiming their first-ever NCAA Championship when they brought the
2008 crown back to Atlanta.
McDowell, who assumed control of the program in the spring of 1996, has guided Emory to 16 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament, advancing to the "Sweet 16" round 13 times. In addition, she has directed the team to three berths in the NCAA Final Four, the first coming in 2003 when the Eagles posted a fourth-place finish in the tournament, the second in 2008 when the squad took home the national title and most recently in 2010 when it advanced to the national championship match.
Her 16-year Emory record now stands at 512-128. Jenny
notched her 500th career triumph on October 8, 2011, when the
Eagles topped Maryville, 3-0. That win over the Scots was the
team's 23rd consecutive win, tying the 1994 team for the school
During the 2011 season, McDowell saw her squad tie the school seasonal mark for most wins when it hammered out an overall slate of 36-5. The record was originally set the previous campaign when the 2010 squad posted a 36-5 ledger. The Eagles finished the 2010 regular season ranked No. 1 nationally among Division III squads and held down the No. 2 spot in the final poll. The team's win total from 2010 bettered the previous standard of 35 set by the 2008 squad.
She rang up her 400th career win on Nov. 7, 2008, when the Eagles topped Brandeis at the UAA Championships. The Eagles concluded the 2008 campaign ranked No. 1 among D-III programs.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) recognized McDowell's efforts during the 2008 campaign, tabbing her as the National Division III Coach of the Year. She was also honored by the AVCA as the Regional Coach of the Year for the third time (2004 and 2005 were the other seasons).
Heading into the 2012 season, her 80.4 winning percentage ranks fourth all-time among Division III coaches. Among Division I, II and III coaches, she ranks as the 21st all-time winningest coach in NCAA annals (min. 10 years as a NCAA head coach).
Every year since 1997, Emory has ranked among the top 20 teams
in the nation in every weekly poll conducted by the AVCA. In
2009, Emory ended the regular season in a deadlock for the No. 2
spot in the national poll while holding down the No. 5 position in
the organization's final ranking.
Before McDowell's arrival the volleyball team had 30 wins or more in only one season. In her 16 years, the team has bested 30 wins 13 times including nine of the past 10 seasons. The 2009 team fashioned an overall ledger of 34-6 with the victory total then the second highest in program history.
McDowell's players have flourished under her tutelage. She has mentored 18 different players to a total of 32 All-America berths while coaching five players to UAA Player of the Year accolades, the most recent being Amelia McCall in 2010, and five to UAA Rookie of the Year acclaim. In addition, she has seen her players rack up a total of 95 All-UAA honors. In addition, she has seen two of her players, Amelia McCall in 2010 and Courtney Rose in 2005, earn Division III National Player of the Year honors.
The Eagles have finished first or second in the University Athletic Association championship in 13 of her 16 campaigns. In 2010, Emory registered its second straight and fourth conference crown, defeating then No. 1-ranked Washington University, 3-1, in the title match.
In 2009, the Eagles nailed down the school's third league title, defeating Washington University, 3-0.
In 2007, Emory brought home its second conference championship, defeating Washington University in a five-game thriller.
In 2005 Emory captured its first conference championship with a 3-0 sweep of then No. 1-ranked Washington University in the title match. McDowell and her assistants have been recognized as the conference "Coaching Staff of the Year" in 1996, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Prior to Emory, McDowell was an assistant coach at the
University of Georgia for five years in which the Bulldogs compiled
a 128-41 record and made the NCAA Division I national tournament
every year. With primary responsibilities in recruiting, McDowell
helped bring in one NCAA All-American, two NCAA postgraduate
scholars, two GTE Academic All-Americans, one GTE Academic
All-American of the Year, two Southeastern Conference (SEC)
postgraduate scholars and 10 all-SEC Scholar-Athletes.
A three-time all-region selection and three-time team captain in volleyball, McDowell received her undergraduate degree from Georgia in 1989 and her master's in 1990. In 1985, she was selected to compete in the U.S. Olympic Festival. McDowell is the first and only Georgia volleyball player to have her number (16) retired.
McDowell was the interim head coach at Georgia from January to May 1989. She also has been a head coach with the Athens Junior Volleyball Club for three years.
Coach McDowell Year-by-Year Record
|Emory's All-Americans under Coach McDowell|
|2012||Breanah Bourque||First Team|
|2012||Sydney Miles||First Team|
|2012||Alex Duhl||Second Team|
|2011||Natalie Schonefeld||First Team|
|2011||Breanah Bourque||First Team|
|2011||Amelia McCall||Second Team|
|2010||Amelia McCall*||First Team|
|2010||Breanah Bourque||Second Team|
|2010||Jessica McAlvany||Third Team|
|2010||Natalie Schonefeld||Honorable Men.|
|2009||Natalie Schonefeld||First Team|
|2009||Jess McAlvany||First Team|
|2008||Dani Huffman||First Team|
|2008||Alysse Meyer||First Team|
|2008||Natalie Schonefeld||Second Team|
|2007||Janet Bunning||First Team|
|2007||Madison Robelen||Second Team|
|2006||Janet Bunning||First Team|
|2006||Alysse Meyer||Third Team|
|2005||Courtney Rose*||First Team|
|2005||Catherine Zidow||Second Team|
|2005||Katrina Damasco||Third Team|
|2005||Janet Bunning||Honorable Men.|
|2004||Monica Robbins||Second Team|
|2004||Courtney Rose||Second Team|
|2004||Catherine Zidow||Third Team|
|2004||Jolene Litzman||Honorable Men.|
|2003||Jolene Litzman||Third Team|
|2003||Remley Dodge||Honorable Men.|
|2003||Monica Robbins||Honorable Men.|
|2002||LuLu Sewell||First Team|
|2002||Lori Pickle||Third Team|
|2001||Amy Hyman||Second Team|
|2000||Megan Williams||First Team|
|1999||Megan Williams||Second Team|
|1996||Liana Roman||Second Team|
|* Denotes AVCA National Player of the Year|
Eric Snyder joined the Emory University volleyball coaching
staff in March of 2013.
Snyder came to the Eagles’ program after a two-year stint (2011 & 2012) as the head volleyball coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Snyder compiled a two-year record of 44-20 overall and 14-4 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). He led the Bears to an ECAC Division III New England Championship and a share of the NEWMAC regular season championship with a record of 26-6 overall and 8-1 in conference play in 2011.
Snyder has an extensive background in volleyball, with other
head coaching stops at the University of Mary (ND) in 2009 and
Stonehill College (MA) during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. While at
Stonehill, he led the Skyhawks to a 21-11 record in 2008, the first
time that program broke the 20-win barrier since 1997, and a
two-year record of 31-31. For his efforts, Snyder was named to the
American Volleyball Coaches Association's Thirty Under 30 Award
List, an award that honors thirty of the up-and-coming coaches
under 30 years of age in volleyball at all levels of the game.
In 2010, Snyder was an assistant coach women’s coach at
Division II Bentley College and an assistant men’s coach at
nationally ranked Division III Emmanuel.
“We hit the jackpot with Eric Snyder, he is one of the finest coaches in the country,” said Emory head coach Jenny McDowell. “Eric is a great coach, great recruiter and a great man. I have known him for a few years and have been impressed with his work ethic, passion and love of the game. I am looking forward to working side by side with Eric as we continue to make the Emory Volleyball program the perfect destination for the finest student-athletes in the country.”
A 2004 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, where Snyder served as an assistant volleyball coach during his undergraduate years, he was a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Tiffin (Ohio) University and an assistant coach on the NCAA Division I South Alabama Jaguars staff in 2006. He obtained his master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin in 2006 and holds his bachelor’s degree in sport management/business administration.
Amanda Welter, a former all-Big 10 volleyball player, joined the Emory staff in Fall 2001.
Welter was a three-year volleyball starter at Division I Indiana University where she was voted to the Big 10 all-conference team her senior year (2000). She graduated in ninth place on the school's all-time list for career kills, second in career hitting percentage, second in career total blocks, third in career assisted blocks and fourth in career solo blocks.
Welter helped the Hoosiers to consecutive appearances in the NCAA national tournament, a first in school history. She was a team captain her senior year.
She graduated from Indiana in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management.
Amanda is a native of Cincinnati. As a high school senior, she was named to the state's Fab 50 list for volleyball players.