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Volleyball Coaches

Head Coach Jay Howell



Jay Howell is a six-time Region 4 Coach of the Year, and has compiled a record of 343–174 in his 13 years at Sauk Valey Community College. Howell’s Skyhawks have won seven Arrowhead Conference regular-season championships. They have qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament six times (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021). Placing 6th in 2016, 8th in 2017, 5th in 2020 and 5th in 2021.

Sauk Valley has had 9 All- Americans in Howell’s tenure, including the 2021 National Player of the Year, Michal Willman. He has coached 78 combined all-conference and all-region performers, as well as 13 Academic All-Americans.

Prior to coming to the Skyhawks, Howell coached volleyball for 11 years at Newman Central Catholic High School and Excess Volleyball Club. Howell holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is employed by American Surveying and Engineering. Jay resides in Dixon with his wife Sue. They have seven children and 12 grandchildren.


Assistant Coach Kacey Koch

Kacey Koch is entering her second year as an Assistant Volleyball Coach for the Skyhawks. The Dixon High School graduate was a setter for Sauk in the 2016 and 2017 seasons leading the team in assists in 2017 and assists per set in both seasons. She was awarded Region IV All-Tournament Team in 2017. After graduating from Sauk in 2018, Kacey went on to earn her Bachelor of Science/Master of Professional Accountancy from Illinois State University in 2021. She is currently employed by Wipfli LLP as an Audit Staff Accountant.

Team Manager Baylie Howell