Jenifer Bahner | Head Coach
Jenifer Bahner will enter her fourth season as Drury's head volleyball coach in 2017 after leading the Panthers to two of their best seasons as an NCAA-II program.
In 2015, Drury had a third place finish in the GLVC West with a 21-11 overall record and an 11-7 mark in conference play. The 21 wins was the most since the Panthers became in NCAA-II program in 1994 and marked their second 20-win season since then. The 2016 Panthers placed fourth in the GLVC West with an 11-7 mark and went 20-12 on the season. They entered the GLVC conference tournament seeded fifth, their highest seeding in the postseason since joining the league.
Bahner will enter 2017 with a 57-34 (.626) record in her three years as head coach at Drury and at the four-year college level.
In Bahner’s first season as the DU volleyball coach, she posted a 16-11 mark, signaling a quick step in the right direction after inheriting a squad that finished 15-16 in 2013.
Bahner came to Drury from Cowley County (Kan.) Community College where she put up a 177-16 record through five seasons. She led her team to two national junior college championships, two second place finishes and a third place finish. Bahner was a two-time AVCA National Junior College Coach of the Year honoree at Cowley.
In 2009, Bahner proceeded led the Tigers to a 32-5 record and national runner-up finish (losing in five sets to Illinois Central), earning District Coach of the Year honors at age 24.
Bahner's 2010 squad finished 34-4, posted a 29-game winning streak, and finished third at the national tournament. That set the stage for the school's run to a first ever national volleyball championship in 2011 when Bahner's Tigers went 38-2 and finished the year on a 22-match winning streak by beating Oakland (Mich.) in the finals. The Tigers didn't lose a match the following 2012 season until the national title game, when Grand Rapids snapped their 60-game winning streak.
Her final Tigers' squad rolled into the title game against a 52-2 Parkland team and emerged with the five-set victory and won the Jayhawk East Conference title for a fourth straight year while extending the school's home-court winning streak to 60 matches with a squad that featured four Juco All-America selections.
Bahner played collegiately at Baker (Kan.) University where she graduated magna cum laude. She began her coaching career at Pittsburg State as a graduate assistant, helping PSU to a pair of Top 25-finishes and NCAA-II tournament berths in her two years.
Bahner and husband Tyson have a four-year-old daughter, Paityn and welcomed their 2nd daughter on March 10, 2016, Emersyn Grace Bahner.
Ashley Jurgensmeyer | Assisstant Coach