Jen Malcom Named Cal Volleyball Head Coach


Jen Malcom, a 13-year coaching veteran at four different Power 5 programs, has agreed to become the next head coach of the Cal Volleyball program, Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton announced Saturday.

Malcom comes to Berkeley from UCLA, where he served as the Bruins’ associate head coach. Prior to his stint with the Bruins, Malcom spent seven years at his alma mater, Iowa State – first as an assistant coach from 2016-18 and later as associate head coach from 2019-22. The Cyclones posted the program’s first 20-win season in 2022, capping the most recent of Malcom’s five NCAA Tournament appearances with the Iowa State staff. He also helped lead the Cyclones to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) title in 2018. In all, 13 of Malcom’s players earned a combined 20 AVCA All-Region nods, including Regional Player of the Year and Regional Freshman of the Year. Seven of his athletes also collected a total of 12 All-Big 12 awards.

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While at UCLA this past season, Malcom served as the Bruins’ interim head coach for seven games, leading them to a 4-3 record while head coach Alfee Reft worked with the US National Team. UCLA finished the year at 18-12 (10-10 Pac-12) and had three wins against top-25 opponents, two of which were on the road in the final three weekends of the season. Two Bruins each earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific South Region and All-Pac-12 honors.

Malcolm replaced the interim head coach Crissy Jones Schoonderwoerdwho guided the Golden Bears to a 16-15 record (5-15 Pac-12) in 2023. Cal will play in the ACC next year with an all-time record of 11-8 against its new conference rivals , not to mention this. fellow newcomers Stanford and SMU.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Jen to Cal as our new head volleyball coach,” said Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. “Jen has coached at the highest level of college volleyball and has a proven record of success as a student-athlete and a coach. With her 13 years of experience as an assistant coach, with his ability to work with and develop student-athletes, I am confident that he is the right person to lead our ACC program and compete for championships. I also want to say thank you Crissy Jones Schoonderwoerd for his leadership of the program for the past four months. We are grateful.”

Prior to his coaching stint at Iowa State, Malcom spent 2011-14 as an assistant at Virginia Tech, where he coached three AVCA All-America Honorable Mentions. Malcom was an assistant at Tennessee for the 2015 season, helping guide one of his players to SEC All-Freshman recognition.

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“I am thrilled and honored to take on the role of head coach at Cal, and I look forward to channeling this renewed energy to guide the team to unprecedented success,” Malcom said. “I want to thank Mr. Knowlton and the entire search committee for the opportunity to lead this program. I can’t wait to get started.”

As a player, Malcom spent the first two years of his college career at Syracuse before transferring to Iowa State. A force at the net as a middle blocker, he led the Cyclones to the program’s first Sweet 16 in 2007, as well as its first Elite Eight a year later. He still owns the Iowa State records for career hitting percentage (.318), block assists in a game (13) and single-season block assists (159).

A native of Schaller, Iowa, Malcom graduated from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.