Although she is not new to Pittsburg State University or the volleyball program, Jenny Mueller is starting a new chapter in her coaching career as the head volleyball coach for Pitt State.
“Three years ago, taking the assistant position at Pittsburg State was an adventure I was ready for,” said Mueller. “I had known Coach Ib for 10 years and knew he was a master strategist who ran an offense that went outside the box. As a head coach, I had tried some things with my past teams that were also unconventional so I was eager to learn how he had done it and with such success!”
This past December, as Coach Ibraheem Suberu announced his retirement, Jenny Mueller was ready to take the helm.
“Coach’s announcement of retirement was a huge surprise to everyone, including me. When he recommended I apply for his position I knew I was ready. I couldn’t have asked for three better years of training and I’m very excited to take up where Coach Suberu had left off,” said Muller.
PSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Johnson agrees.
“We are excited about the future of the Gorilla volleyball program with Coach Mueller leading our squad,” Johnson said. “Jenny has earned the trust and respect of our student athletes. She has illustrated strong leadership qualities during her time working with Coach Suberu, and her coaching background and experiences have positioned her for continued success.”
Mueller has served the past three seasons under Coach Suberu, during which she has helped develop 10 All-MIAA performers, including the 2013 MIAA Freshman of the Year.
Prior to joining the Pitt State staff, Mueller served as head coach at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., from 2008-10. During that time, she guided the Owls to a 64-43 (.598) overall record, including a 29-7 mark in 2009. While at WWU, Mueller mentored two NAIA All-Americans, 10 All-Conference honorees as well as 19 student-athletes who garnered Academic All-Conference recognition.
Mueller also previously served three years as head coach at Coffeyville Community College and she enjoyed stints serving on the coaching staffs at MIAA rivals Central Missouri and Washburn, as well.
Additionally, Mueller has been active in club volleyball, coaching the LaCoMo and Topeka Impact Force Volleyball Clubs, before moving to Pittsburg and serving an integral role with the Pittsburg YMCA Star Aquila team.
Mueller received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1998 and a master’s of science in physical education and sports science degree in 2007, both from the University of Central Missouri.