Jennifer Carlson is in her fifth year as Head Volleyball Coach.
In her first four years at William Penn, Carlson has a record of 30-110 (2-34 conference), guiding eight all-conference players, nine academic all-conference honorees, and six NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Carlson came to William Penn after serving as assistant coach at her alma mater Adrian College, an NCAA Division III institution in Adrian, Mich., in 2012. The Bulldogs were 14-16 that year, including a 7-9 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
As the top assistant at Adrian, Carlson was responsible for scouting, team travel plans, meals, and equipment. She was also the associate in charge of recruiting and assisted in budget management.
Carlson moved to her alma mater from Siena Heights University (Mich.) where she held the role of top assistant during the 2011 campaign. The Saints finished 15-16 that fall (3-6 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference). She was also the program's graduate assistant from 2009-2011, holding the title of head JV coach in 2009.
Carlson has other volleyball coaching experience at the youth level at Premier Volleyball Academy (Ohio) (2010-2011) and Siena Volleyball Academy (2011-2012). She has coached softball as well, doing so at Adrian HS (2008-2010) and Tecumseh HS (2006-2007).
A successful collegiate player, Carlson was a three-time all-conference performer at Adrian, including a first-team nod in 2008. She currently ranks third on the career kills list. Carlson also played basketball, earning honorable-mention laurels in 2006.
Carlson received a degree in Interior Design in 2009 and earned her Master's of Arts in Leadership (Organizational Leadership concentration) from Siena Heights in 2011.
Carlson's Coaching Career at William Penn
2016 7-27 (0-13 HEART)
2015 6-23 (1-10 HEART)
2014 2-30 (0-6 MCC)
2013 15-30 (1-5 MCC)
30-110 (2-34 CONF)
Lauma Knupke is in her second year as a Graduate Assistant Coach.
Knupke graduated in 2016 from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in Criminal Justice. At MNU, she was a first-team all-conference performer and led the team to an NAIA National Championships appearance in 2015 and a ranking of #10. The team also claimed the conference and conference tournament titles that year.
Knupke started her collegiate volleyball career at Central Arizona CC where she helped the team to a regional runner-up finish in 2014. At CAC, she earned honorable-mention all-region laurels.
Knupke has prior coaching experience with Southwind Volleyball Club in Kansas City.
Knupke is currently working on her Master’s of Business Leadership degree from William Penn.
Valerie Rivera is in her first year as a Graduate Assistant Coach.
A 2017 graduate of Waldorf College with a degree in History, Rivera tallied 1,385 assists which ranks second all-time. She is also ranked seventh in career aces.
Prior to attending Waldorf, she competed two years at Chaffey CC (Calif.), collecting all-conference laurels both seasons. While at Chaffey, she finished with 865 assists and also guided her squad to a pair of league titles.
She has also spent time coaching at her alma mater, Silverado HS (Calif.).
Rivera is currently working on her Master’s of Business Leadership degree at William Penn.