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.
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
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.
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.
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|
|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 -|
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
1996, 1997, 2006, 2014
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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
In Memory of Jesse Cooper, Jr.
2013 - Stefani Nell
2014 - Natalie Schelbar
2015 - Darian Parsons
2016 - Sarah Thiessen
2017 - Caley Eslick
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