Head Coach Jay Howell
Jay Howell begins his seventh season as head volleyball coach at Sauk Valley Community College. In Howell’s first six seasons the Skyhawks have won 149 matches. The Skyhawks are coming off of back to back Arrowhead Conference and Region IV Championships and advanced to the NJCAA National tournament both seasons. The Skyhawks finished the 2015 season with a 33-10 record and were ranked #12 in the final national poll.
Prior to coming to the Skyhawks, Howell coached volleyball for 11 years at Newman Central Catholic High School, where he served as head coach from 2004-2009. He also coaches club volleyball for Excess Volleyball. Howell graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He is employed by American Surveying and Engineering as Vice President of Engineering.
Jay resides in Dixon with his wife Sue. They have seven children (six daughters and one son), and 3 grandchildren.
Assistant Coach Maryssa Albert
The 2016 season marks Maryssa Albert’s second season as Assistant Volleyball Coach for the Skyhawks. Albert is a former Sauk Valley CC student/athlete, having played volleyball for the Skyhawks in 2009-2011. She is a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School where she was an all-conference performer in volleyball. Maryssa has coached sophomore volleyball at Sterling Newman High School, and numerous teams for Excess Volleyball Club.
Maryssa resides in Dixon with her husband Shane and newborn daughter Lucy.