Meet the Coaches

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Jen Palmer

Head Coach

Jen will be returning to NW Reign for her second season as the 16-1 coach. We are really excited to have her on board not just for her coaching experience, but for her love for the game and passion to grow and develop the next generation of athletes.

Jen played club volleyball for Nike NW Jrs Volleyball Club (now Adidas NW) from 97-2003, and at Gresham High School winning the Oregon State Championships her Junior and Senior year. Jen was voted most inspirational and received all league awards her Junior and Senior year. After her juniors and high school career Jen continued on a full volleyball scholarship at University of Mississippi in the SEC conference where she was the starting setter and co-captain for two seasons before transferring to Portland State University to play.

After college Jen began coaching. Jen has 8 years of club volleyball experience coaching 16U/14U teams. She has coached for various clubs in the NW but has spent most of her seasons coaching with her hometown club Adidas NW winning multiple tournaments and power leagues. In addition to club coaching Jen also coaches the Varsity volleyball team at Prairie High School. As a first year Varsity coach and program leader her team when undefeated in conference and many of players saw all league nominations. Before accepting the role at Prairie Jen was the freshman team coach at Ridgefield High School ans spent 4 years with the Spudders. Jen also coaches during the off season. She has run multiple summer camps with her most recent being at NW Reign.  Jen also has years of experience giving private lessons and helping athletes work on specific skill sets to help them reach their next level of play. Jen specializes in defense/setting, but has extensive knowledge of hitting, blocking, teamwork, and many other aspects of the game. She teaches a high level of systematic volleyball which prepares athletes for high level play and transitioning into their next level of play.

When asked about her coaching style Jen said “My philosophy is 100% effort 100% of the time. I love to see individual and team growth and the excitement that comes with it.  I focus on improving physical technique, a driven and persistent attitude, and building trust and relationships with teammates.”
When Jen is not coaching she likes to:  play volleyball, go on hikes, be active and outdoors, and spend as much time as possible with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Kyler and Kolten.

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AJ Jackson

Assistant Coach

We are very pleased that AJ Jackson will be joining NW Reign again this year, as our 16-1 assistant coach.  AJ was the Head Coach on our highly successful 14-1 team in 2017.  This will Be AJ's 34th season with NW Reign!

As a high school volleyball player, AJ made four appearances at the State Volleyball tournament.  She was a three-time All-State selection earning two First-Team honors and one Second-Team honor.  She competed for Portland Volleyball club and enjoyed a very successful tenure.  AJ was invited to the Junior National Team tryouts as a Junior in high school and was also a Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 selection her senior year.

After high school, AJ continued her volleyball playing career at University of the Pacific, a top 10 NCAA Division I volleyball program.  While competing at U. of Pacific, AJ made four appearances at the NCAA National Tournament, with one finish in the Elite 8.  Her Senior year in college, Jackson was named the Most Inspirational Player and was also awarded the Academic Excellence Award.