Jami Coughlin begins her third year as part of the Arizona State Volleyball coaching staff. The former standout outside hitter for the Sun Devils (1998-2001) was hired during Brad Saindon's first season at ASU in 2003. Coughlin joins Saindon (Arizona State, 1976) and Terri Spann (Arizona State, 1998) to round out a coaching staff consisting entirely of ASU graduates.
"We are very excited to have Jami as a part of our staff," said Saindon. "She is a former student-athlete who excelled in both the classroom and on the court and is a great role model for our players. She was pretty new to coaching when she first came on our staff, but has really grown over the last few years."
Coughlin's vast responsibilities as an assistant coach include daily practice organization, video breakdown and recruiting. She also routinely practices with the outside hitters and helps coach defense.
Coughlin was a four-year standout for the Sun Devils from 1998-2001 and is a member of the ASU 30th Anniversary team. She graduated from Arizona State in 2002 with a perfect 4.0 GPA in special education. A three-time All-Pac-10 Academic selection and two-time Academic All-American, Coughlin begins her first stint as an assistant coach.
"This is a dream job for me to coach at Arizona State and continue my love for the sport of volleyball," said Coughlin. "To be honest, after I graduated I really never thought I would be coaching, but once I left I realized how much I loved the game and that is when things started to fall in place for me. I am excited to learn and to grow as a coach."
During her four years on the court at ASU, Coughlin played in every match (108) and ranks second in ASU history with 1,528 digs and sixth with 1,360 kills. She is one of only eight Sun Devils to record 1,000 or more kills and digs in a career and ranks sixth all-time in Pac-10 volleyball history with her dig total.
During her senior season in 2001, Coughlin led the Sun Devils averaging 3.56 kills per game and 3.98 digs per game. She led the Pac-10 in digs in two of her four years and recorded a double-double (kills/digs) in 84 of her 108 matches (77%). Coughlin is a native of Glendale, Ariz., and 1998 graduate of Moon Valley High School.