The Ferris State University women's volleyball program will have a new face on the bench next to head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm this upcoming 2011 season as Jesse Ortiz has been tabbed to fill the Bulldogs' assistant coaching position.
Ortiz arrives to Ferris State after serving four seasons (2007-10) as the top women's volleyball assistant coach at fellow NCAA Division II member Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. As a member of Bear Grassl's coaching staff, Ortiz helped guide the Seawolves to three consecutive (2008-10) NCAA-II West Regional Tournament appearances. In his four years at SSU, the Seawolves registered a combined 76-39 overall record (.661 winning pct.) and compiled a 53-29 mark (.646) in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA). Both the 2008 and 2009 teams produced 23-win seasons with 23-7 and 23-8 overall records, respectively.
"We are extremely excited to add Jesse to our coaching staff," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "Jesse has a great deal of experience with high-level NCAA Division II volleyball which will allow him to make a quick transition to our program. Jesse is not only a great student of the game, but he's also a student of success.
"His ability to create situations for players and teams to improve has been an immediate benefit to our team," added Brandel-Wilhelm.
Along with assisting the Sonoma State women's program, Ortiz was head coach-consultant for the university's men's club volleyball program from 2004-10. During his tenure, Ortiz led the 2011 team to a National Intercollegiate Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Championship title to go with two national championship tournament appearances and five top 10 national championship berths. He also spent 2004-11 as the head varsity girl's volleyball coach at Petaluma (Calif) High School.
A 2011 Somona State graduate, Ortiz majored in art studio. He was a member of the school's men's club volleyball team and served as its club president from 2002-04. Ortiz helped the 2004 SSU club team to a Northern California Coast Collegiate Volleyball Championship crown and a ninth-place finish at the National Intercollegiate Recreational Sports Association National Championships. Following college, Ortiz started a graphic design web business and also produced a comic strip during his time as an undergraduate.
Ortiz was a member of the Empire Volleyball Club from 2007-11 and played a key role in the 2011 team posting a 14-1 record and winning the No Dinx Open Tournament.
The son of Jesse and Sharon Ortiz of Lemoore, Calif., Jesse graduated in 1996 from Lemoore High School. Ortiz, who has two brothers and a sister, competed in football and track four years (1992-96) apiece.
Ortiz replaces assistant coach Theresa Beeckman, who left Ferris State after six years to take an assistant coaching position at Central Michigan in early June 2011.