Deana Jespersen is in her fourth season as head women’s volleyball coach at Rowan University.
Last year, the Profs advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Tournament for the 10th straight year, ending with a 9-23 mark. Megan Jacobi and Erica O'Hagan were named to the NJAC All-Conference Team.
In 2015, Rowan had an overall mark of 11-22 and had a conference record of 5-3. The Profs qualified for the NJAC Championship Tournament. In 2014, the Profs had a 16-16 record and they were 6-2 in the NJAC. Rowan reached the final match of the conference championship tournament. Jespersen was named the NJAC Joy Solomen Coach of the Year and three players were chosen to the All-Conference team.
Jespersen’s career coaching record is 219-214. She came to Rowan after completing 10 seasons as the head coach at Neumann University. While at Neumann, Jespersen compiled a record of 180-155. The Knights won three conference championships (2012, 2008, 2007) and advanced to the NCAA Divison III Championship Tournament three times (2012, 2008, 2007) under her tutelage.
In 2012, Jespersen was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Coach of the Year for the fifth time as she led Neumann to a perfect 11-0 conference mark. Neumann also made three appearances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament (2013, 2011, 2006) and was the CSAC runner-up three times. In all, her teams made nine straight conference playoff appearances.
Jespersen coached the 2012 CSAC Player of the Year and three conference Rookies of the Year. She also had a student-athlete receive the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
Jespersen has served as the head coach of the Mystique Volleyball Club since 2004. Prior to beginning her stint at Neumann, she was the head coach at Swarthmore College in 1999. She also was an assistant coach at Eastern University from 1996-97.
Jespersen graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1996 and was a three time co-captain for the Blue Jays. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player three times and earned Middle Atlantic Conference All-Conference honors in her senior season.
Maggie Catherina is in her second season as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Rowan University.
Catherina played for the Profs from 2012-15. She appeared in 79 matches and totaled 292 kills, 39 assists, 22 service aces, 102 digs and 118 blocks. In 2015, she was a team captain and received New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference honorable mention.
Kat Wolf is in her first season as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Rowan University.
Wolf played for the Profs in 2016. She appeared in 77 sets across 23 matches with nine starts. Wolf ranked second on the team in assists (362) and service aces (30) and added 165 digs. She had double-digit assists 18 times and produced a season-high 31 assists versus Buffalo State College. Wolf ranked ninth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in assists, 16th in service aces and 26th in digs. She was a Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society inductee and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. Wolf was a Rowan Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Rowan, Wolf competed for Neumann University. She was named to the Colonial State Athletic Conference All-Conference second team in 2014 and 2015. Wolf earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honorable mention in 2014. She is a graduate of Williamstown High School.
Megan McGarrigle is in her first season as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Rowan University.
McGarrigle is an assistant coach for the Mystique Volleyball Club Under-15 Team. She was previously an assistant coach for the Keystone Juniors Volleyball Club.
McGarrigle played volleyball at Neumann University from 2013-16. She was a three-time Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) All-Academic honoree and was a member of the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team in 2016.
McGarrigle graduated from Neumann in 2017 with a degree in education with a concentration in early elementary PK-4/Special Education PK-8.
Kristen Schaffer is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Rowan University women’s volleyball program.
Schaffer was previously the head volleyball coach at Ridley High School in Delaware County, PA. While at Ridley, she had a record of 207-90 with many of her former players continuing their volleyball careers at regional colleges. One of those players is Rowan sophomore Amy Staiber.
Schaffer was a volleyball student-athlete at Elizabethtown College where she followed her sister and current Rowan head coach Deana Jespersen as the team’s setter for three years. She is a member of the Ridley Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame and a founding member of Mystique Juniors Volleyball Club, which was co-founded by Jespersen and her father, Bob Maguire.
Schaffer is a social studies teacher in the Ridley Township school district and resides in Swedesboro, NJ with her husband Marc and daughters Logan and Rylie.