Get To Know Coach Jherra:

WHAT IS YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE?

Began coaching in 2009

Phoenix College - Assistant Coach (Present)

Nominate for Coach of the Year in the Skyline Region

Coached at USC Mick Haley Camp

Thunderbird HS - Head Coach 2015-2017

Roybal Learning Center HS - Head Coach (Boys & Girls) 2013-2014

Club Troy 2013-2014

Beverly Hills HS - Head Coach 2012

Culver City VBC 2011-2013

AZ Saguaros VBC 2010-2011

AZ Sky VBC 2009-2010 & 2014-2018

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE FORTITUDE FAMILY?

This will be my first year with Fortitude. I am so excited to be a part of the Fortitude family.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING EXPERIENCE?

I was a 3 sport athlete growing up - playing volleyball, basketball and track. I lettered in both track and volleyball at Deer Valley HS. I went on to play Division I volleyball at Alcorn State University as a Middle Blocker where I suffered an injury to both knees and was unable to continue competing.  

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT STATES HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 

I’m from Glendale, AZ born and raised. I had the opportunity to live in Mississippi when I was in college, and I lived in California for a few years. I returned back to Phoenix in 2014.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

Oh my oh my favorite food, this is tough. Well I happen to love soul food, both of my parents are from the South so I was raised on Southern style cooking. I am a huge fan of latin food, and I can’t get enough pasta!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK?

I like coffee with my cream and sugar.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? (OTHER THAN VOLLEYBALL) 

I am a HUGE Lebron James fan, he is an NBA player so definitely basketball. I enjoy most sports (live) but basketball, volleyball and football are the only sports I can enjoy watching on TV. Baseball, hockey and tennis I prefer to see those live if I’m going to watch.

WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES VOLLEYBALL? 

I love to spend time with my beautiful little 2 year old daughter named Aquilla (pronounced Uh-Qwill-uh ;-) ) I have a huge passion for music. I am a singer/songwriter, which had a lot to do with my move to California. I wrote my first album that I released (only physical copies of) in 2011. My sophomore album will most likely be released some time next year. I am currently working on writing my first book, a fictional romance novel. I LOVE to read, it is a huge passion of mine. I am typically reading about 5-6 books at any given time. Traveling is super fun, I am always up for an adventure or a road trip.

WHY DO YOU LOVE VOLLEYBALL?

It allows you to compete! Teaches you how to overcome adversity. It’s a community. The sport challenges me. It has made me a better person. I learned what it means to be a good teammate, how to be a leader, how to be coachable. I absolutely LOVE the element of competition and that you truly have to win as a team. I learned several life lessons I have been able to carry into my adult life. And… it’s FUN!