Jeremy Wise became the 12th head coach in Union volleyball program history in May of 2013.
Wise joins Union after a five-year stint at William Penn (Iowa) where he compiled a 121-95 record with the Lady Statesmen. Prior to that, Wise amassed a 202-174 record during a 10-year stay at Urbana (Ohio). He advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament at both stops.
With a career record of 323-269, Wise ranks in the top 20 for winningest volleyball active coaches in the NAIA. He owns a .546 career winning percentage.
Wise led William Penn to the program's first-ever national tournament appearance in 2008, earning a berth to the NAIA Opening Round. The team shared the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular-season crown and then claimed the MCC Tournament title. The squad's 26 wins (26-15) were the most since 1985.
The 2008 MCC Coach of the Year, Wise has led 17 players to all-conference recognition and one to All-Region and All-America status. Ten individuals have claimed NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition and 25 have been named to the academic all-conference team.
Wise coached at Urbana for 10 years from 1998-07. He inherited a team that had not had a winning season in school history and had won only four games in the previous three years. Wise quickly turned the program around and led the Blue Knights to numerous postseason appearances as well as a national ranking. His squads broke every school record, including wins, and he left as the winningest coach in school history with 202 victories.
Also during his tenure at Urbana, Wise guided 26 players to all-conference recognition, had five all-freshmen team honorees, and two Region IX Defensive Players of the Year. His squads succeeded academically as well as 13 individuals garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete laurels and 22 earned academic-all conference honors.
In 1996, Wise graduated from Ohio University with a double degree in coaching and sports industry and a minor in psychology. He also received his masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio in 1997.
Wise and his wife, Katie, have two sons, Austin and Logan, and a daughter, Cheyenne.
Jamie Engel joined the Union College volleyball program as an assistant coach during the summer of 2012.
Prior to coming to Union, Engel spent the previous three season coaching at the high school level in Chattanooga at Notre Dame and Chattanooga Christian high schools as well as serving as a head coach for the Choo Choo City VBC. In addition to her coaching duties, she has worked at many summer volleyball camps throughout the southeast part of the country and near her home in St. Louis, Mo., area as a guest instructor and coach.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with a bachelors in sports administration, Engel was a starting outside hitter for the Mocs and head coach Lisa Rhodes from 2006-07. An all-around player at UTC, she helped the Mocs lead all NCAA Division I schools in digs with a 3.16 per game average in 2007 and finished her senior year as one of the nation's top servers in aces per game average. Prior to going to UTC, Jamie played at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Ill., where she finished in the top 25 in the nation for junior colleges in kills, digs and aces and helped her team reach a top 10 national ranking. Engel was also a member of the school's basketball team.
Engel comes from Troy, Ill., and graduated from Triad High School where she was all-conference in volleyball, basketball and track for the Lady Knights. After her senior year at Triad, she was named to the Illinois High School All-State volleyball team. Engel was a member of the powerful Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club for four seasons, helping her team to many tournament wins and national appearances during her prep years.