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Familiar face to lead Roaring Fork in fall

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor
Jen Dority
Staff Photo |

CARBONDALE — Jen Dority took a new job this summer. It just doesn’t really seem like it.

“I already know all of these girls so well,” said Dority, who was named Roaring Fork High School’s new head volleyball coach after the end of the school year. “They know me really well and they know what I’m about, so that makes thing easier.”

Dority, 37, will serve as the school’s head volleyball coach after four years as the junior varsity coach at Roaring Fork. So aside from the incoming freshmen who will attend Roaring Fork in the upcoming school year, she’s familiar with everyone who has been on the team.



“I’ve had the chance to work with some of these guys and some of the graduates,” Dority said. “Thankfully, I have a good rapport with all of them, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem. It’s such a good group of girls.”

It’s been a successful group of girls in the past few years at Roaring Fork. Dority takes over for Carrie Schultz, who guided the Rams for five years and led Roaring Fork to state tournament appearances in 2010 and 2012. Last season, the Rams finished the season with a 23-5 overall record. Schultz left the program at the end of last season to spend more time with family.



Dority, who coached the JV team for each of those years, wants nothing more than for that kind of success to continue.

“That’s my goal,” she said. “Carrie built onto such a strong, prosperous program while she was here. Me having watched that and how she did it, I’m hoping to continue that tradition and not make a lot of changes and not tweak a lot of things.

“That’s because it’s working,” Dority continued. “Why would you try to fix something that’s not broken?”

Aside from the coaching background she’s attained at Roaring Fork, she also has a gamut of playing experience beyond high school.

The 6-foot-1 Dority played middle hitter at Division I Bradley University from 1995 to 1998. She was the single-season leader in attack percentage for the Braves of the Missouri Valley Conference in 1997 and 1998, with her .308 attack percentage in 1997 ranking fifth in program history. She still ranks fourth in program history in attack percentage (.258) and ninth in solo blocks (58). She did that under three separate coaching regimes at Bradley, and scoring changed from side-out to the rally scoring format now used in high school and college.

Dority moved on after college to play competitive club volleyball in North Carolina. She took a break from playing when she moved to Colorado in 2004, but began coaching when she was hired on as an assistant in 2010.

Along with that on-court experience, Dority feels playing under three separate coaching regimes and coaching with Schultz helped her see multiple approaches to working with players, preparing her for the upcoming 2013 season.

“Just having been through so many coaches and hearing, ‘do it this way’ and ‘do it that way,’” Dority said. “I think I can bring diversity here, because I’ve heard so many philosophies. I think I’ve gotten a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t.”

jmitchell@postindependent.com


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