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Emory Volleyball Camps are located in Atlanta, GA on the campus of Emory University.  This is our 21st year of hosting volleyball camps and we are very excited to for another great summer!  We believe in the total camp experience for our campers!  This includes teaching, coaching, and training our campers in a positive, fun, and rewarding environment.  We strive to make sure each camper meets their individual volleyball goals for the week and that she has a wonderful time doing so!  Our staff includes college coaches from around the country, outstanding collegiate athletes and experienced club coaches.  Not only are they great coaches but they are outstanding people!  I hope you will come join us this summer for another great week of volleyball.        

Jenny McDowell

Emory Head Volleyball Coach

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 and continued the great success in 2010 with another appearance in the National Championship match and just recently made it back to the National semifinals. 

McDowell, who assumed control of the program in the spring of 1996, has guided Emory to 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament, advancing to the "Sweet 16" round 14 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 2013 when it advanced to the national semifinal match.

Her 18-year Emory record now stands at 581-139.  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 record.

In 2013, McDowell saw the Eagles compile a 36-5 won-lost ledger, the second highest win total in school history.  In addition, McDowell guided the program to its fifth overall UAA title and third in the past four campaigns.  Emory closed out the campaign ranked 5th nationally by the AVCA.  

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 has also honored by the AVCA as the Regional Coach of the Year on five occasions (2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012).  

Heading into the 2013 season, her .802 winning percentage ranks sixth all-time among Division III coaches.  Among Division I, II and III coaches, she ranks as the 18th 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 20 different players to a total of 35 All-America berths while coaching six players to UAA Player of the Year accolades, the most recent being Breanah Bourque in 2012, and six to UAA Rookie of the Year acclaim. In addition, she has seen her players rack up a total of 98 All-UAA honors.  McDowell 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 14 of her 17 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.

 

Sharon Waddell

     

Managing Director of the Emory Volleyball Camps 

Sharon is a former SEC volleyball player who started at the OH position at the University of Georgia and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  As an outside hitter she compiled several all-tournament and most valuable player awards in her career. 

Sharon was an Assistant Coach for the bulldogs from 1991-1993 reaching the NCAA Division I tournament each year.  She also has had the unique opportunity to work closely with four former national team coaches. She is a native from Pittsburgh, PA and as a high school senior she was named to the Fab 50 list for volleyball players. 

Sharon is in charge of staffing, administration, communication, registration, activities, and scheduling for the Emory Volleyball Camps.  


Joseph Goodson



Emory Assistant Coach

Emory University head volleyball coach Jenny McDowell  has announced the appointment of Joseph Goodson as assistant coach.  Goodson will begin his duties on April 1.
Goodson has made several stops at different Division I institutions and joins the Eagles' program after a three-year stint (2011-2013) as the head volleyball coach at Division I member Jacksonville State University.  Prior to his stint with the Gamecocks' program, he was an assistant on Debbie Kirch's staff at UW-Green Bay for four seasons (2007-10).  While with the Phoenix, he was hands-on in all facets of the organization and administration of the program, and was in charge of working with the defense and outside hitters as well as opponent scouting and recruiting. In his final year, he helped guide UWGB to eight wins in Horizon League play, then the second-highest total in program history.

While at UWGB, he also served as the head coach of the Fox Cities Elite Volleyball  Club, where he directed that group to qualification to the USA Volleyball National Championships for three straight years.  Before his tenure at Green Bay, Goodson served as a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech for one season, a position he previously held at the University of Georgia. During his time in the Peach State, Goodson was very involved in the club volleyball scene. He was a staff coach for the Atlanta Juniors and Tsunami Volleyball Clubs. He guided teams to the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball National Championships in 2004, and from 2008- 2011.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank Jenny, and Athletics Director Tim Downes for this incredible opportunity," Goodson said.  "Emory has the combination of a world renowned academics and one of the top athletic departments in the nation - things that other schools, regardless of division, are trying to achieve.  Jenny McDowell is one of the most respected coaches in America, and I look forward to working with her, and the tremendous group of student-athletes she has assembled, to continue the successes and wonderful experiences of Emory Volleyball."

Goodson is a 1986 graduate of Berry College where he majored in biology, psychology and physical education.  He obtained his master's degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in 1989.  He was an assistant athletic trainer at Emory for five years while also serving as the head men's club coach for one season.  In 1996, Goodson served on committees for the Atlanta Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.  After a one-year stint as a clinical athletic trainer at Georgia, he took over as the head athletic trainer at Morehouse College for six years.

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