In recognition of her tremendous contributions to Florida State Volleyball through her first four years of coaching, Jordana Price begins her fifth season in 2021 as an Associate Head Coach. On May 12, 2021, Head Coach Chris Poole announced Price’s elevated title as she has increased her workload with recruiting while coaching FSU’s top-notch middle-blocking unit.
“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 on the day of her new coaching title. “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 (Taryn Knuth and Emma Clothier) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in hitting percentage.”
Price personally recruited Clothier, who is coming off a career year in 2020 where she earned All-ACC honors and was named FSU’s 22nd All-American. The top-notch talent 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.
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 in 2020 and 14th in 2018.
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. In 2020, Florida State middle blockers Knuth (.549) and Clothier (.483) finished first and second in the country in hitting percentage, respectively. Through Knuth’s four seasons, she 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 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).
Personal and professional growth is also something Price seeks daily. In July 2021, she was afforded the opportunity to participate in the inaugural USA Volleyball Training Series in Anaheim, Calif. She worked specifically with the girls U15/U16 group that included 10 other collegiate coaches. The training series specializes in several areas for the younger athlete, challenging them to learn about the tactical, technical, physical and mental aspects needed to some day participate on the USAV Senior Team. The goals of the series includes supporting athletes in a healthy and holistic way.
In her four seasons with the Seminoles, Price has helped to build up one of the most dominating and consistent group of middle blockers in the ACC. She has helped coach Knuth, who was named the AVCA East Region and ACC Freshman of the Year in 2017 and became an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2018 after finishing the season with 188 blocks, which ranked third in the NCAA. In 2019, Knuth was fourth in the NCAA with 1.52 blocks per set and the Seminoles were second in the nation with 2.96 blocks per set as a team. Knuth earned 2019 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Price guided Clothier to an outstanding freshman campaign as well in 2019, as she finished with 130 blocks and 1.24 blocks per set, which ranked eighth in the nation among all freshmen and third among those at Power 5 schools. Clothier recorded 11 blocks against No. 4 Pitt, which was tied for eighth in the country in a four-set match that season.
Price was named an AVCA Thirty Under 30 award winner in 2018 in recognition of her dedication to the growth of both the sport and the volleyball community.
In 2017, Price returned to her alma mater after a two-year stint at South Alabama, where she was an assistant coach who served as the offensive coordinator and primary recruiting coordinator. She also worked with blocking.
“First, I would like to thank Cindy Hartmann, Vanessa Fuchs and Stan Wilcox for this incredible opportunity to return to my alma mater,” Price said upon her return to FSU. “My interactions with all of the administration have been amazing and it is wonderful to be back on campus with such inspiring people. I would also like to give a huge thank you to Chris Poole and Jeff Hulsmeyer for providing this dream opportunity for me to return to the very program that shaped me as a student-athlete, person and young professional to go off into the world and create success. I couldn’t be more excited for my return to the Seminoles and am eager to help this great coaching staff to continue building upon the great legacy that is Florida State Volleyball.”
A three-year member of the Florida State indoor volleyball team, Price helped the Seminoles to their first-ever trip to the Elite Eight in 2009 after winning the ACC Championship. She led the league in blocks (1.31 per set) and ranked fourth in hitting percentage (.335) which was also second on the team. The All-ACC middle blocker won AVCA All-America honorable mention accolades.
The Mountain Home, Idaho, native also ranks eighth in school history with 347 total blocks in addition to holding the sixth-highest hitting percentage (.312).
“Jordana was well respected by her teammates as someone very passionate about playing every day,” Poole said back in 2017. “She was a great student-athlete and she held herself to high standards. She coaches with the same communication and aggressiveness that made her an All-American during our 2009 run to the NCAA Elite Eight.”
Price played professionally overseas and in the United State following her graduation in 2009. She helped lead Hotel Cristal Volleyball Franches-Montagnes to take second place at the Swiss Volley Cup Final while helping the franchise to its first European Cup win.
In 2012, Price helped the Indiana Hoosier Exterminators win the Women’s USA Volleyball Open Championship after taking second in 2010. She also had a stint with the Florida Wave where she led the team to a second place finish 2013 in addition to winning the Florida Region of USA Volleyball Award for the Most Outstanding Adult Female Player.
While playing in the United States, Price served as a graduate assistant for Valdosta State before stepping into the role of a volunteer assistant in 2014 where she helped the Blaze to a 25-8 record and 16-4 mark in conference play, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II south regional in addition to the first-ever Gulf South Conference title.
Price was the interim head coach at Valdosta State from January-March of 2014.
At South Alabama, Price made huge improvements over two seasons, while working with Mechell Daniel, who captured Second Team All-Sun Belt honors before signing a professional contract with Oriveden Ponnistus of the European Volleyball Confederation in Finland.
In addition, Price helped the Jaguars to their best season since 1994 with 17 wins in 2016, tying for second in the Sun Belt Conference East Division, which was the best finish in program history. The Jaguars had a winning record for the first time since 1989.
Price graduated from FSU in the fall of 2009 where she majored in Psychology. She made the Dean’s List in the Fall of 2008 and is one of the 52 Florida State student-athletes to have received the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.
The 2009 FSU Volleyball Most Influential Player earned a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State in 2014.