Sauk Valley Community College

an institution of higher education that provides quality learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of its students and community

Volleyball Coaches

Head Coach Jay Howell

Head Volleyball Coach Jay Howell

The 2013 season marks Jay Howell's fourth year as head volleyball coach at Sauk Valley Community College. In Howell's first three seasons, the Skyhawks have won 61 matches, advanced to the Region IV semi-finals each season, - finishing 2nd in 2012.
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 is still the varsity girls' basketball coach at Newman, and coaches club volleyball for Excess Volleyball.
After earned an associate’s degree from Rock Valley College, Howell graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He is a retired Civil Engineer from the Illinois Department of Transportation, and is employed by American Survey and Engineering in Dixon as Vice President of Engineering.
Jay resides in Dixon with his wife Sue. They have seven children (six daughters and one son), four of whom have attended Sauk.



Assistant Coach Abby Howell


asst coach Dawn Naylon

Former Skyhawk Abby Howell returns for her second season as Assistant Volleyball Coach for the 2013 season. Howell played basketball for the Skyhawks from 2005-2007. She is a graduated of Newman Central Catholic High School, where she was an All-Conference performer in both volleyball and basketball.
After earning her associates degree at Sauk in 2007, Howell received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Illinois University in 2009, and Master of Science in Special Education from Northern Illinois University in 2011.
Howell served as varsity assistant volleyball coach at Dixon High School in 2011. Abby teaches special education at Oregon High School and resides in Sterling.