Skyhawk Beach Volleyball | Jaclynn Yocum - Head Coach
Jaclynn Yocum is in her second season as the University of Tennessee at Martin head volleyball coach. She was officially named the seventh head coach in Skyhawk history on May 11, 2015.
Yocum was named to the presitigious 2015 "Thirty Under 30" list compiled by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She was one of just four Division-I head coaches to earn a spot on that list. Her debut season at UT Martin included a road victory at a 22-win Ole Miss squad, which was the program's first win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since 2011. She also presided over Ohio Valley Conference Players of the Week and an All-OVC Newcomer in 2015.
Yocum amassed a 118-29 record (.803 winning percentage) and won 92 percent of her conference games (46-4) at Columbus State from 2011-14. She guided the Cougars to the last two Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships, completing a perfect 14-0 season in 2014 after the squad went 12-0 in league play in 2013 on her way to back-to-back OCCAC Coach of the Year accolades. Overall, the Cougars reached the top-10 in the national standings in each of her final three seasons in Columbus.
In 2014, Yocum led Columbus State to a 34-4 record, a Region E district championship and the program’s first-ever national Final Four appearance. She earned Region E District Coach of the Year honors while coaching 17 all-conference players in her four-year tenure with the Cougars. Included in that group is Stephanie Ruffing (2014 OCCAC Player of the Year, District E Player of the Year, first team All-American) and Ellie Cain (first team All-OCCAC, first team All-Region 12, NJCAA All-National Tournament team).
In 2013, Yocum tallied a career-high 35 victories against only six losses. That followed a 27-9 mark (10-2 OCCAC) in 2012 and a 22-10 record (10-2 OCCAC) in 2011 – her debut season. Her 2012 and 2013 squads earned Region E district runner-up finishes.
Before taking over as head coach at Columbus State, Yocum spent one season as an assistant for the Cougars under head coach Kevin Burch. She also spent time as an adjunct professor for the sports and exercise science department at Columbus State.
Yocum played collegiately at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. She suffered a shoulder injury following her freshman season (2004) which was thought to be career-ending but she remarkably returned to the court in 2009 at Columbus State, where she was a star for a Cougar team that won the OCCAC title, the Region XII championship and reached the No. 7 spot at the national tournament under head coach Scott Nichols.
At the prep level, Yocum was a four-year letterwinner at Jonathan Adler High School, where she earned first team all-Ohio accolades. She was a two-time all-district honoree, a three-time all-county recipient and was the county and district player of the year as a senior in 2003. In addition to her volleyball prowess, she was also an All-Madison County honoree in both basketball and softball, becoming the first athlete in JAHS history to be named to three district All-Star contests.
Following her collegiate career, Yocum played professionally as an outside hitter and libero for the Arizona Sizzle of the USA Premier Volleyball League. In addition to her duties at Columbus State, she also coached the Buckeye Volleyball Club from 2008-14. She also has coached at elite camps at the University of Illinois and at the University of Tennessee.
A native of Plain City, Ohio, Yocum graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in communications and journalism from Coastal Carolina in 2008. She then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in sports and exercise science/athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine in 2013.