Thank you for visiting the CVU Girls’ Volleyball website! My name is Jeanne Nauheimer, and I am very excited to be coaching this year’s varsity team. While this is my first year coaching at CVU, I am no stranger to volleyball in Vermont. It’s been such a pleasure watching volleyball bloom in our high schools, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to coach and to help develop a program that will benefit students for years to come.
I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and took an interest in volleyball when my older sister started playing in middle school. I learned to play watching back-to-back State Championship players and was proud to play on a Sectional Championship team and be a captain my senior year. During high school I participated in club volleyball in addition to playing basketball and competing in track and field. I came to Vermont to attend Saint Michael’s College and played volleyball three of my four years. Due to persistent injuries, I decided to manage the team my senior year. At the time I wished I was able to spend more time on the court and less time with the athletic trainer or watching from the sidelines, I know my injuries gave me the opportunity to learn the game from a different perspective. I was able to help my team through keen observation and support, which has helped me grow into a better coach.
More recently, I have coached club volleyball and worked as a volleyball official for JV, Varsity, and college matches. My years between playing in college and reffing for high school were spent playing as much volleyball as I could, doing statistics for my alma mater’s home matches, and volunteering with schools whenever possible to get more students to play the sport I adore.
I was drawn to coaching at CVU upon hearing that it is a school that values sportsmanship and personal development. At the varsity level, I believe it is important to be competitive, but not at the expense of one’s integrity or a player’s well being. While achievement can be measured in wins and losses, I prefer to measure it by seeing how a player has progressed in skill and character. I value hard work and respect, and these will always be the highest expectations I have for my players.
- I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English Literature
- I have seven (!) nieces and nephews
- My favorite movie is Hook
- I can play the ukulele
- My first job after college was tutoring for the SATs and ACTs
- I live with a cat named Ninja
- My favorite serve is a jump float