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Volleyball Coaches

Head Coach Jay Howell

Head Volleyball Coach Jay Howell

Jay Howell is entering his eighth season at the helm of the Sauk Valley volleyball program, compiling a record of 183-95 in his first seven seasons. After being NJCAA Region IV runner-up three times, the Skyhawks finally broke thru as region champions and national qualifiers in 2014. 2016 saw Sauk Valley post its third straight 30 win season, third straight Arrowhead Conference and Region IV titles, and third straight appearance at the national tournament, finishing 6th. Howell has coached four All-Americans and seven Academic All-Americans while at Sauk.

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 as Vice President of Engineering. Jay resides in Dixon with his wife Sue. They have seven children and 4 grandchildren.


Assistant Coach Maryssa Albert

This will be Maryssa Albert’s third season as the Skyhawk Assistant Volleyball Coach. A former Sauk Valley CC student athlete, Maryssa 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. Prior to coming to Sauk, Albert coached volleyball at Sterling Newman and Excess Volleyball Club.

Marissa resides in Dixon with her husband Shane and daughter Lucy.