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    SD Mines Volleyball: Hardrockers Get New Coach

    RAPID CITY, S.D. --- South Dakota School of Mines Athletics Director Joel Lueken is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Bolduc as the new head coach of the Hardrocker women’s volleyball program.

    “The Hardrocker Athletics Dept. is extremely excited to welcome Jennifer Bolduc to the family,” Lueken said. “Jennifer came highly recommended from some of the top NCAA Div. I programs in the country. Her genuine approach to student welfare, her philosophy on empowering young women, attention to detail and analytical approach made her the perfect fit for Hardrocker volleyball.” 

    Bolduc becomes the 10th head coach of the Hardrocker volleyball program (established in 1975). She comes to SD Mines after serving a year as the Director of Volleyball Operations at the University of Illinois where she worked in an administrative role for the Fighting Illini. 

    Before that, Coach Bolduc spent three years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she was an assistant coach with the Redhawks volleyball team, followed by moving into an administrative assistant role with the business office. While with the volleyball program, Bolduc responsibilities included serving as the recruiting coordinator and community service liaison, as well as managing the film and statistical database, scouting opponents and developing game plans. For her efforts, she earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 30 Under 30 Award and was also given the Miami Pride Award. 

    In May of 2014, Bolduc moved to the Redhawks business office, where she worked as the primary point-of-contact for nine sports, sports medicine and the marketing department and also served on the Council of Diversity and Inclusion for the university senate and the Classified Personnel Advisory Committee.

    Prior to her time in Oxford, Bolduc spent a year as an assistant coach at Maryland Baltimore County, where she had a hand in just about every duty in the office and on the court, including recruiting coordinator, statistical and video management, team travel, compliance, marketing, alumni relations, camp administration, social media, scouting and game-plan management as well as fundraising. 

    Bolduc also has experience with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball team, where she was a technical assistant in 2011 and served as an intern in the summer of 2010. While as a technical assistant, she helped with practices and small group sessions and prepared scouting reports for international tournaments. She also managed film and statistical databases and was the technical coordinator for Volleymasters in 2010 and 2011 --- as well as the Pan American Games and the FIVB World Cup in 2011. 

    "Jenni is one of the most knowledgeable young coaches in our sport and I think she is a great hire for SD Mines,” said Villanova Wildcats (Pa.) volleyball head coach John Steinbach. “With her breadth of experience I am sure she will positively impact not only the wins and losses but also the lives of the student athletes she coaches. Congrats to both parties." 

    Bolduc has also served as an interim assistant coach and the technical coordinator with her alma mater,

    “Jen is a consummate professional coach. She understands what coaching young women is about and will always have the student-athletes best interest at the forefront of her mind always,” said Stanford (Calif.) volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly. “She is great with high academic achievers. Seems like a great fit for all.”  

    Bolduc started her playing career at Northeastern Junior College (Colo.) in 2003, before transferring to

    Bolduc takes over as head coach of the Lady Hardrockers from former head coach Doug Tabbert, who was at the helm of the program for the past two seasons.

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