Jolie Ward is in her fifth year as the Head Coach of New York University’s women’s volleyball team. The Violets have won at least 20 matches is each of her first four seasons and produced an overall record 90-57 (.612) record.
Last season, NYU went 20-18 overall and finished seventh at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
Individually, sophomore MaTia Hughes earned Second Team All-UAA honors, was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American and All-New York Region, and was selected Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro/Upstate Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Star. Junior Nicole Frias was chosen Honorable Mention All-UAA and the NYU Violet Classic Most Outstanding Player.
In addition to her student-athletes' on-court exploits, seven of Ward’s players earned UAA Fall Sport All-Academic honors.
In 2013, Ward led NYU to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship, the Violets’ first appearance in the tournament since the team’s Elite Eight run in 2010. The 2013 squad amassed a 28-8 overall record, including a 4-3 record in UAA Round Robin play and a 2-1 mark at the UAA Championship.
The Violets also went undefeated (9-0) at home in the Coles Sports Center en route to earning their 12th-straight postseason bid. Five team members received UAA Fall Sport All-Academic honors, while Perri Goldberg was honored with NYU's Student Athlete Academic Achievement Award and Vera Shulgina received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student-Athlete Award.
In 2012, Ward led the Violets to a 20-14 overall record and the #1 seed in the ECAC Metro/Upstate Division III Championship Tournament. The Violets went on to defeat all three of their opponents, winning the title for the first time since 2008.
In her first season at NYU in 2011, Ward guided a young squad that returned only one starter to the finals of the ECAC Championship. The Violets went 22-17 overall and 3-7 in the ultra-competitive UAA, while also capturing the season-opening NYU Labor Day Invitational.
Ward came to NYU with 13 years of head coaching experience, including the previous two at Princeton University where she served as Head Coach of the women’s volleyball team and Director of Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. In her two seasons at Princeton, Ward’s teams compiled a 24-26 record, including a 13-12 overall mark and 8-6 Ivy League record in 2010.
Prior to her stint at Princeton, Ward spent one year as the Head Coach at Division I Manhattan College, five seasons at Eastern Connecticut State University and five seasons at Farmingdale State College.
Overall in her 16 seasons, Ward’s teams have compiled a 315-250 (.558) record, made four NCAA Tournament appearances, won three Little East Conference Championships, and earned one ECAC Championship.
A 1997 graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Ward added a Master of Science degree in education from Dowling College in 2000.
A native of Bellport, NY, Ward resides in Manhattan with her partner, Jessica, and their children, Skylar and Maverick.