TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Volleyball’s Jordana Price has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, announced on Wednesday by Seminole Head Coach Chris Poole.
“I am so proud of Jordana and her commitment to not only give back to volleyball, but more importantly her commitment and love to our program at Florida State,” Poole said. “Jordana has made a big impact as both a player and now coach at FSU. This promotion is in recognition of her hard work over the past four seasons.
“Jordana has taken a leadership role with our recruiting and we are extremely excited with the future of our incoming players. She also leads our middle position by example and our two middles this season were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in hitting percentage.”
Price has been a huge difference maker for Florida State from the sidelines, heading up some of the nation’s best middle blocking units since returning to her alma mater in 2017. This past season, Florida State middle blockers Taryn Knuth (.549) and Emma Clothier (.483) finished first and second in the country in hitting percentage, respectively.
Price personally recruited Clothier, who is coming off a career year where she earned All-ACC honors and was named FSU’s 22nd All-American. The rising junior from Carrollton, Texas, will help anchor FSU moving forward, averaging 1.14 blocks per set, 1.81 kills per set and attacking at a .355 clip in her first two seasons.
Knuth, who has the option to return for an extra year of eligibility as a graduate student, could help form arguably the best blocking duo in the nation in the fall 2021.
In Price’s coaching stint with the Seminoles, FSU has finished in the Top 25 in blocks per set in all four of her seasons. In 2019, FSU finished second in the country and ninth in 2018.
Under Poole’s offensive system, FSU’s middle blockers also get to shine in the middle attack. The Seminoles have finished in the Top 15 in hitting percentage in two of Price’s last three seasons coached, ranking 15th this past season and 14th in 2018.
Through Knuth’s four seasons, she has molded into one of the best players in FSU history. The standout from Johnston, Iowa, is a three-time All-American and the first Seminole ever to be named to the All-ACC Team four times in a career. In the rally scoring era (since 2001), Knuth ranks second in program history behind Ashley Neff with 577 career blocks. Neff totaled 612 blocks from 2010-13.
Price’s work with her players also comes with athletic merit as well. The Mountain Home, Idaho, native transferred to FSU in 2007 and became an All-American in 2009 after delivering 2.24 kills per set, 1.1 blocks per set and hitting at a .355 clip. She totaled 347 blocks in three years at FSU, the seventh-most in the rally scoring era at FSU and just in three seasons of play.
She was also in charge of FSU’s service game in each of the last two seasons as well. FSU has made noticeable strides in that area, leading the ACC with 1.65 aces per set in 2020-21.
Price also played a big role in attracting FSU’s 2021 recruiting class that was ranked in the Top 15 by prepvolleyball.com. The six-member class includes libero Emery Dupes (fifth-ranked libero), Skye Ekes (No. 15 middle blocker), libero Addi Hultquist as well as early enrollees Audrey Koenig (No. 23 outside hitter), Khori Louis (No. 23 middle blocker) and Ava Pitchford (Top 30 setter).
Price was a driving force toward one of Poole’s most crucial years in 2009, helping FSU to its first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance in his second season of coaching the Seminoles.
She joins Jeff Hulsmeyer as the team’s two associate head coaches moving forward.