Position: Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Jackie Simpson-Kirr joined the Clemson volleyball staff April 24, 2017 as associate head coach and the team’s recruiting and offensive coordinator.
“I am thrilled to have Jackie and her family join us at Clemson,” said Franklin. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jackie before, and what I enjoyed and appreciated most about her is that she has an intense work ethic, a passion for success and a creative mind that thinks outside the box.”
“Jackie comes with elite level coaching and playing experience. Being an All-American setter in the B1G, I am counting on her to work with our setters and be our offensive coordinator. Most recently, Jackie was a head coach, and during that time I have seen her evolve as a recruiter. She has recruited on a national level and most recently has developed her international recruiting connections. I believe Clemson presents her with the opportunity to develop into one of the best recruiting coordinators in the country.”
In the spring of 2018, Clemson’s incoming recruiting class was given the highest honorable mention by PrepVolleyball.com with the signings of Ashtynne Alberts, Brooke Bailey, Crystal Childs, Katelyn DeGuzman Gabby Easton, Torie Frederick, Adria Oliver, Ava Pritchard and Solei Thomas.
Since joining the Tigers’ staff, Simpson-Kirr has lured three Power-5 transfers to Clemson in outside hitters Bailey (Ohio State) and Kaylin Korte (Illinois), and setter Caroline Pearson (Arizona State). In 2017, Simpson-Kirr guided Korte to Second Team All-ACC status, who led the team in kills (3.36/set) and attempts (9.67/set). In last year’s opening match – a win over Bethune-Cookman – Simpson-Kirr steered Pearson to tally 57 assists, which was the most by a Tiger and second-most in a four-set match among all ACC players in 2017.
Additionally, Simpson-Kirr aided Korte and Bailey secure spots on USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team-Detroit in the spring of 2018. Both Korte and Bailey competed in tryouts in early March of 2018 and were officially named to the roster on April 10, 2018. The duo trained and competed in Michigan from June 20 through July 1 alongside players from every Power-5 conference and top mid-major programs in the country.
Simpson-Kirr was the head coach at George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia from 2015-16. In her first season with the Patriots, she led the team to the best Atlantic-10 finish in program history and its best overall record since 2010. While at the helm of the Patriot program, Simpson-Kirr served on the AVCA All-American Selection Committee in 2016, during which time she was the East Region Committee Chair. She also earned the AVCA’s 30-under-30 Award in 2015, a prestigious national honor awarded to the top 30 volleyball coaches, at any level, under the age of 30.
Prior to her time at George Mason, Simpson-Kirr was an assistant coach at Iowa for the 2014 season, during which time she was on the Hawkeye’s staff with Franklin. She also previously served as an assistant coach at Marquette (2013-14), East Carolina (2010-13) and Winona State in Winona, Minn. (2008-09).
“I am humbled and honored to become a part of the Clemson Volleyball Family,” said Simpson-Kirr. “There is a special energy when you walk through the Clemson campus. It is one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen, but I could tell from my initial interactions that the people are what makes it exceptional.
“I am beyond excited to work with Michaela again. I believe she is one of the best leaders in our sport. Her vision for a program built upon championship behaviors is inspiring and I can’t wait to get started helping make that vision a reality.”
Simpson-Kirr was a standout setter at Wisconsin from 2004-07. She led the Badgers to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Elite Eight berths. She was a two-time AVCA All-American, and also a two-time All-Big Ten selection, both on the court and in the classroom. She ranks second all-time in Wisconsin program history in career assists, and is 17th all-time among Big Ten setters.
Simpson-Kirr earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Letters & Science – Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science – Sport Psychology from East Carolina in 2013.
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