DENTON, Texas (6/4/09) – Jessica Hulsebosch spent four years rewriting the record books as the greatest defensive player in North Texas volleyball history. Now as the newest Mean Green assistant coach, it’s Hulsebosch’s goal to follow her predecessor and bring NT a Sun Belt championship.
Prospective players need only to look through the NCAA record books to see that Hulsebosch, 23, has the credentials to teach the game. She finished her career in 2007 with 2,212 career digs, which ranks 18th in NCAA history. As a matter of fact, the next closest North Texas player has 930 fewer digs.
“I’m really excited to have Jessica join our staff, because she will bring a players perspective back to the coaching staff,” said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. “She knows our systems inside-and-out, and brings an unmatched work ethic and attention to detail as well.”
When it comes to defense, Hulsebosch owns the NT record books. She laid claim to the school records for single-match, season and career digs during her junior season. Her name is attached to seven of the top 10 single-match performances in NT history - including the five best – and she has a firm hold on the top three seasons as well.
While the four-year starter has all the credentials that come with her record-setting performances, it was her off-court demeanor that Headrick believes will serve her well as a coach. Hulsebosch, a multi-year captain in her playing days, helped bring the Mean Green a decade-high 23 wins and its first Sun Belt West Division title in 2006.
Hulsebosch officially begins her first season with the Mean Green on Aug. 1, but spent much of spring drills volunteering with the squad. As a team, NT posted just 12.15 digs per set in 2009, which is the fewest by North Texas since 1998.