Jennifer Petrie - Head Coach - Staff Directory (2022)

Jennifer Petrie enters her 24thyear with San Diego in 2022after taking over as head coach in 1999. In her tenure with the Toreros,Petrie has established herself as one of the nation’s most successful volleyball coaches.

San Diego has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 21of the past 23seasons. Petrie’s career record is 447-163with a .732winning percentage that ranks 10thamong all active Division I coaches with 400 or more wins. Additionally, the Toreros are riding a streak of 12straight NCAA appearances.

The Toreros’ accomplishments under Petrie don’t stop there. USD has advanced to the Sweet 16 four times under Petrie’s watch, including 2018. In two seasons San Diego climbed into the nation’s top five national ranking, including a program best No. 2 in 2013.

Six times Petrie has been named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year (2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019) and twice named AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year (2013, 2017).

Petrie has helped develop eight All-Americans in her 23years heading the program. Another 12players earned honorable mention All-America recognition.

In Petrie’s 23 years as head coach, the Toreros have dominated the West Coast Conferencepostseason awards, as in:

  • Nine players of the year
  • Four defenders of the year
  • One setter of the year
  • Nine freshman of the year
  • And 55All-WCC first team members

Petrie steered the Toreros to the program's 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2021, with San Diego posting a 20-8 (14-4 WCC) record en-route to a first-round matchup with Rice. Highlights included victories over a pair of ranked opponents (No. 16 UCLA and No. 24 Pepperdine), two players being named to theAVCA Pacific South All-Region Team(Grace Frohling and Katie Lukes, and seven earning All-WCC honors, including four to the All-WCC First Team (Frohling, Lukes, Leyla Blackwell, and Annie Benbow).

After the fall 2020 season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Petrie faced the most unique season in her career. The Toreros played a conference-only schedule in the spring of 2021, finishing 12-4 just behind BYU and Pepperdine. USD made its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with one of just 16 at-large bids and advanced to the second round for the 11th time in Petrie’s career. Outside hitters Roxie Wiblin and Thana Fayad earned All-Region honors, while Wiblin also received All-America recognition.

In 2019, Petrie earned her sixth WCC Coach of the Year nod after the Toreros finished 25-6 and captured their first outright WCC Championship since 2013, going 17-1 in conference play. Petrie celebrated her 400th career win and USD made its tenth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. San Diego’s offense ranked in the top-10 nationally for most of the season and eight Toreros earned All-WCC honors including four first-team selections. To cap off the awards, Anna Newsome and Megan Jacobsen earned All-Region honors, while Grace Frohling was named AVCA Pacific South Freshman of the Year and All-America honorable mention.

Petrie turned in one of her best coaching performances in 2018. On a team looking at a transition with a heavily laden freshmen roster, the Toreros closed the regular season 16-12. But after earning an at-large berth in the NCAA playoffs, USD turned hot.The Toreros knocked off No. 13 Cal Poly 3-1, then pulled off the most stunning upset of the postseason, handing No. 17 USC a 3-0 defeat on the Trojans’ home floor. USD matched its best program finish, advancing to the regional semifinals.

In 2017, USD went 25-5 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Kristen Gengenbacher was named WCC Player of the Year and earned All-America honors. The 2016 season saw the Toreros reeloffan 18-match winning streak as they rose as high as No. 5 in the national rankings.

In 2013, Petrie guided the Toreros to arguably one the most successful seasons in program history. San Diego received a national ranking of No. 2, the highest for any USD athletic team in the Division I era, and they remained in the top-10 for a majority of the season. USD also captured its ninth WCC title, upended No. 1 ranked USC at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Volleyball tournament, winning both matches to advance onto the Sweet 16 for the third time in program history. Petrie was also recognized as the AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year, and under her tutelage, three Toreros took home AVCA All-American accolades.

After taking the 2011 season off to spend time with her newborn daughter, Caroline, Petrie returned to the sidelines, and resumed her role as head coach for the 2012 season. In 2012, the Toreros posted a 21-7 overall record, and took a share of the WCC Championship, while advancing onto the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in Petrie’s career.

In 2010, the Toreros captured their fourth WCC championship in the previous five seasons, as USD posted a 13-1 mark in league play. Petrie helped produce five All-WCC performers highlighted by Ali Troost who was tabbed as the WCC Player of the Year, as well as helping guide Chloe Ferrari to the WCC Freshman of the Year honor. The Toreros also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament after sweeping away Long Beach State, before falling in a hard fought 3-1 loss to USC in the second round.

Petrie provedto be one of the country's best young coaches—needing just ten seasons to reach 200 career victories. From 1999 to 2009, the Toreros averaged 21 wins per season with four WCC titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2009, Petrie guided the Toreros to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference, and helped the team post an overall record of 18-7. Ali Troost was tabbed the WCC Player of the Year and went on to become USD's eighth AVCA All-American in program history. The Toreros also had four players earn All-WCC accolades.

In 2008, Petrie orchestrated the Toreros to their third consecutive WCC championship, becoming the first program at USD to achieve such a feat. USD posted a 12-2 mark in the WCC and went 23-5 overall, earning its eighth consecutive trip the NCAA Tournament. Under Petrie's tutelage, Amy Mahinalani DeGroot was tabbed the WCC Player of the Year and went on to become USD's sixth AVCA All-American in program history.

In 2007, Petrie helped guide USD to its second consecutive WCC Championship and third in the previous four years. The Toreros also returned to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season.

Petrie took off the fall semester of 2006 on maternity leaveand let her top assistant for the previous five seasons, Brent Hilliard take the reins.

The 2004 season was a special one in Petrie’s young career, with the Toreros finishing as the undefeated (14-0) WCC Champions, advancing to the NCAA Regional Semifinals, and earning a national ranking as high as No. 11 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association—all new USD school records. The Toreros also had a then-school record three players earn AVCA All-America honors at season's end.

Petrie became the third head coach in USD program history in 1999, succeeding three-time WCC Coach of the Year Sue Snyder. The Toreros enjoyed immediate success under Petrie, finishing 23-6 and advancing into the NCAA Tournament's second round during her inaugural season in the fall of 1999.

Her collegiate coaching career began when she joined the volleyball staff at Indiana State University where she served as top assistant from 1992 to 1993. Petrie then took the top assistant position at North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1994 to 1997, before joining Sue Snyder's staff at the University of San Diego for the 1997 campaign. Petrie helped San Diego win back-to-back WCC Championships as the Toreros' top assistant in 1997 and 1998.

Petrie was a standout volleyball player at the College of William and Mary. She was twice named Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Year (1990-91) and a two-time All-Southern Region selection (1990-91). She gained national level playing experience in 1990 when she competed on the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Festival North Region Team. Petrie was later selected to the College of William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.

Petrie played for the San Diego Juniors Volleyball Club and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. In 1992, she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Art History and completed her Master's Degree in Sports Administration at North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.

Petrie resides in San Diego with her husband, Mark and their three children, son Charlie and daughters Jane and Caroline.

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