The University of Redlands and Bulldog Athletics welcomed Kierra Jones to the program as the inaugural, full-time Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach in July 2018.
Jones most recently served as a director and coach at Pursuit Volleyball Club out of Loma Linda. She provided a variety of skills for the growth and success of the club through marketing, coaching, registration management, and staff development. Furthermore, she worked with Head Women's Volleyball Coach Lisa Lindberg as an assistant coach for her Pursuit 16s Team.
Jones also gained experience as the Assistant Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach at nearby Aquinas High School. In addition, she has coached for a variety of teams and camps over the last few years, including those at Purdue University and Academy Volleyball Club. She recently helped Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana advance to the division semifinals for the first time.
This talented student-athlete competed for the Purdue women's volleyball team for four years, earning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honorable mention as a senior. She also represented the Boilermakers as their NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in 2015. She helped the team advance to the NCAA tournament three times during her tenure, as highlighted by its NCAA Elite 8 appearance in 2013. She landed on the AVCA All-Northeast Region Team, earned the Big 10 Sportsmanship Award, and garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors. As a first-year player, Jones represented the Boilermakers on the All-Big-10 Freshman Team for her outstanding presence as a middle blocker. Over her tenure, she recorded a remarkable .367 hitting percentage and 454 total blocks.
During her college career, Jones traveled overseas to compete against professional teams in Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
She completed her degree in Movement and Sports Science in 2015.
In her spare time, Jones enjoys crafting, traveling, and just relaxing in beautiful Southern California. She also calls herself a movie fanatic. This Midwest transplant and her husband Byron Ferrell reside in Redlands.