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Jennifer VadenAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('05)
Start Date: 7/1/2006
Jennifer Vaden, entering her seventh season on the Liberty volleyball coaching staff, has helped her alma mater return to the top of the Big South Conference for the first time since her playing days.
While serving as an assistant coach, Vaden has helped guide the Lady Flames to five straight Big South regular season championships, five consecutive conference final appearances and five straight 20-win seasons.
In Vaden's six years as a Liberty assistant coach, the Lady Flames are 84-19 overall against conference opposition. Moreover, Liberty captured back-to-back Big South championships for the first time in program history in 2007 and 2008, winning a program Division I-record 27 matches in 2007.
Prior to the start of her collegiate coaching career, Vaden spent a year working in the Liberty graduate office, beginning as an admissions specialist in May 2005. She made a rapid progression up the ladder in the office, gaining additional responsibilities as a graduate admissions counselor and ending up as the graduate new enrollment specialist. In the role, she helped the new graduate enrollment increase 18 percent from the previous year's figure.
Vaden played under Shane Pinder's guidance during her senior season with the Lady Flames (2004). An outside hitter, Vaden ranks third on Liberty's career list in kills (1,789) and fourth in digs (1,594).
As a freshman in 2001, she was a member of the Lady Flames' Big South championship team, earning inclusion on the Big South All-Tournament team. Vaden was also named the Big South Rookie of the Year. A second-team All-Big South selection in 2001 and 2002, Vaden was a first-team all-conference honoree as a senior after leading the Lady Flames in kills (507), digs (382) and service aces (30).
Vaden gained coaching experience at the club level, guiding the Heart of Virginia team from 2003 to 2005 and the Lynchburg Juniors from 2001 to 2003. She formed the Lynchburg Juniors unit, providing a playing opportunity for girls 15 years old and younger.
She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in coaching from Liberty in 2005. Vaden added a master of arts degree in human relations at Liberty, graduating in May 2007.
Vaden is married to Christopher Vaden, a former Flames football player and currently an accountant at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland.