Jason McDannold is very familiar with the St. Catharine College volleyball program and, in fact, familiar with volleyball at all levels around Kentucky – and beyond. And now, as the new head coach at St. Catharine, McDannold will use that familiarity to build the Patriots program.
McDannold, a 1989 graduate of Woodford County High School, was assistant coach at St. Catharine in 2011 before leaving to take a job in state government in Frankfort. But he continued to coach at the club level and always maintained his passion for the sport.
“I am extremely excited to get to work with these players,” said McDannold. “There is a great group of returning players to go along with a couple good recruits.”
McDannold knows all about recruits, and young volleyball players. He has coached club teams throughout central Kentucky for years in addition to other coaching stints. He guided a new Lexington Dunbar High School to the state tournament in 1997. Previous to that he was assistant coach at Woodford County High School and has also been head coach at Anderson County High School, head coach at Midway College and assistant coach at Georgetown College.
Due to that knowledge of the regional volleyball scene, and for many other reasons, St. Catharine athletic director Mike Doig thinks McDannold will be a good fit to replace John Rogers who served as interim coach for the Patriots last season.
“Jason brings a great amount of volleyball experience as well as excellent personal relationship skills to the position,” Doig said. “He has a great passion for the game as he exhibited in his time here as assistant coach.”
McDannold now goes to work scheduling spring practice, summer camps and his team’s schedule for next fall. Although, McDannold welcomes back a talented group of players, he is well aware of how tough the competition is in the Mid-South Conference.
“I am very encouraged about the team we have coming back but we have a lot of work to do to be successful in this conference,” said McDannold. “There are always teams from our conference ranked in the top 25. You can expect every night to be a battle.”
McDannold will welcome two assistants for the 2013 season. John Rogers will return in an assistant capacity and Tracy Arnold, who played collegiately at Kentucky Wesleyan University, will be new to the St. Catharine staff.