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Volleyball Coaches

Head Coach Jay Howell

Head Volleyball Coach Jay Howell

Jay Howell is in his sixth season as head volleyball coach at Sauk Valley Community College. In Howell’s six seasons the Skyhawks have won 146 matches. 2014 proved to be a landmark season for Sauk as they claimed the Arrowhead Conference Championship as well as the Region IV Championship to advance to the NJCAA national tournament for the first time in school history. The Skyhawks finished the season with a 36-8 record.
Prior to coming to the Skyhawks, Howell coached volleyball for 11 years at Newman Central Catholic High School. 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 and two grandchildren. Their daughter Kayci is a member of this year’s Skyhawks team.


Assistant Coach Maryssa Albert

The 2015 season marks Maryssa Albert’s first season as Assistant Volleyball Coach for the Skyhawks. Albert is a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School and Highland Community College. She is a former Sauk Valley student-athlete, having played volleyball for the Skyhawks in 2009-2011. Maryssa brings 4 years of club coaching experience with Excess Volleyball and a year as the sophomore volleyball coach at Sterling Newman.
Maryssa is employed at Urban Outlet Inc. and resides in Dixon with her husband Shane.