Sarah Hess became a valuable and integral part of the Lady Rebel coaching staff in June of 2009 as the assistant coach. Hess spent one year as the Director of Volleyball Operations at California State University-Fresno in 2008. In that capacity, she was responsible for the implementation of on-court training activities and for video/statistical analysis. Hess also has experiences as the assistant volleyball coach at Fresno City College (2005) and as Head Girls and Boys Volleyball Coach at Wawona Middle School (2006), both located in Fresno. At Fresno City College, the team went to the Top 8 in the California State Tournament. Hess also has coached USA Volleyball teams at the juniors level with Fresno Volleyball Club from 2004-2009 and with Texas Eastside Volleyball Club (2010).
As a former student-athlete at Lamar University from 2001-2003, Hess brings NCAA Division I playing experience with her to Lee College. This experience assists her as she continues to guide the Lady Rebels both on and off the court. In 2001, Hess led the Southland Conference with the Most Service Aces in a single season. She continues to enjoy playing the sport she loves competing on the hardwood and the beach in USAV sponsored tournaments.
As a devoted student, Hess earned her Bachelor’s Degree in kinesiology (option in Exercise Science) from California State University. She completed her graduate work at California State University- Fresno, earning a master’s degree in kinesiology (Sports Administration specialization).
At Lee College, Hess is involved with all aspects of the volleyball program, including recruiting, technical support, scouting and game analysis, involvement with camps, monitoring of the student-athletes’ academic progress, conducting practices and handling administrative tasks. Hess also serves as a kinesiology instructor with Goose Creek CISD/Lee College in the Impact Early College High School at Lee College, a unique program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and two years of college simultaneously.
Coach Johnson states, “Coach Hess is a highly regarded member of my staff. She has tremendous volleyball knowledge and is a valuable resource to the team. I depend on her greatly for assistance in all aspects of the game, from recruiting and administrative tasks, to running practices and analysis of our opponents. Her maturity and initiative are quality traits any head coach likes to have in their top assistant.”