History of Jenks Volleyball

Jenks Boys Volleyball     Jenks Girls Volleyball     Ditolla-Cooper Award

The Jenks Boys Volleyball Years

The Jenks Volleyball program has a long and successful history since its start in 1972.  In 1972, Jenks got its first boys volleyball team with Nick Ditolla as its head coach.  The boys volleyball team won regionals for 15 years straight from 1972 - 1986.  The 1978 Jenks boys volleyball team won its first state championship for the volleyball program.  The state volleyball title was also the first state championship for Jenks in any sport.

 

   

The Jenks boys volleyball teams, coached by Nick Ditolla, went on to win state in 1981, 1982, 1984, and 1986.

Nick Ditolla was the only head coach for all of the Jenks boys volleyball teams.

 

         

 

         

Regional Champions

1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

State Champions

1978, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986

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The Jenks Girls Volleyball Years

Jenks got its first girls volleyball team in 1974, with John Allison coaching the girls from 1974 to 1979. In 1979, Nick Ditolla stepped in to take on the Jenks head girls volleyball coach position, while also coaching the Jenks boys volleyball team. Nick Ditolla coached both teams until 1986, when boys volleyball in Oklahoma was disbanded. Jan Stukey was the head varsity coach during the 1991 and 1992 seasons, while Gidget Pettit coached the team during the 1993 season.

Nick Ditolla

 The girls volleyball team won all regionals from 1974 to 2007, except for four years, during that span.  The girls team under the leadership of Nick Ditolla won the coveted gold state trophies in 1996 and 1997.

          

Nick Ditolla retired from coaching volleyball in 1998.  Mark Tischler was the next Jenks head coach from 1999 to 2000. Jani Hagen, an ORU graduate from Brazil, led the girls teams for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.  Nick Ditolla came back to coach for the 2003 and 2004 teams.  Beth Erickson took the leadership position in 2005.  With Beth Erickson leading the way, the 2006 team brought back the gold to Jenks by winning the state championship title. 

           

                                                                                                                           Beth Erickson

Kody Engle came in to be the head coach in 2008 and led the varsity team to win

their regional in 2008, 2009,  and 2010. Tanna Smith was hired in 2013 to lead the program.

Tanna Smith led the varsity team to win regionals in 2013 and 2014. The 2014

varsity team consisting of 10 seniors brought home the gold trophy.

 

HEAD COACH SEASONS AS HEAD COACH
John Allison 1974 - 1979
Nick Ditolla 1980 - 1990
Jan Stukey 1991 - 1992
Gidget Pettit 1993
Nick Ditolla 1994 - 1998
Mark Tischler 1999 - 2000
Jani Hagen 2001 - 2002
Nick Ditolla 2003 - 2004
Beth Erickson 2005 - 2007
Kody Engle 2008 - 2012
Tanna Smith 2013 -

Regional Champions

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

State Runner-Up

2015

State Champions

1996, 1997, 2006, 2014

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Ditolla-Cooper Award

The Ditolla-Cooper Award was created in 2012 to recognize athletes who

display character and leadership, and for their overall contributions to the

game of volleyball.

 

Nick Ditolla is a longtime friend of volleyball and Jenks Public Schools.

Coach Ditolla was the first head for Jenks boys volleyball. He coached the

boys for 14 years (1972 - 1986).  In 1978, he won Jenks its first state

championship in any sport and finished with a total of five state titles. While still

coaching the boys, he helped coach the newly formed girls team in 1974. 

Once the boys team disbanded, he coached only the girls.  The Lady Trojans

won 20 regional and 2 state titles.  Coach Ditolla retired briefly in 1998, but came

back to coach from 2003 - 2004.  He continues to help with the

Jenks Volleyball program.

 

Jesse Cooper, Jr. is recognized as bringing the game of volleyball to the state

of Oklahoma.  He was involved with volleyball at the city, state, and national

levels.  Jesse advised and supported coaches throughout the state and nation.

He supported the Jenks athletic department and Jenks Community Education

by coordinating gyms for club teams and serving in an advisory capacity

with regards to equipment and facilities.  From 1958 until his passing in 2013,

Jesse was playing, coaching, or handling the administration of volleyball.

 

The award is presented annually by Jenks Volleyball Booster Club

In Honor of Nick Ditolla

and

In Memory of Jesse Cooper, Jr.

 

Recipients

2013 - Stefani Nell

2014 - Natalie Schelbar

2015 - Darian Parsons

2016 - Sarah Thiessen

2017 - Caley Eslick

 

 

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