Former Bruin standout and Olympian Jenny Johnson Jordan returned to Westwood and is in her third season as an assistant coach with the UCLA beach volleyball program in 2016.
Johnson Jordan played with the Bruins from 1991 to 1995 and was a two-time team captain for the Bruin women's volleyball team (1994-1995). She was a member of the 1991 UCLA National Championship squad, as well as the NCAA runner-up teams from '92 and '94, earning All-Tournament Team honors in 1994.
She played in 127 matches and 406 sets in her four seasons, recording 1,212 kills and 1,214 digs, ranking as one of 12 Bruins to post at least 1,000 career kills and digs. Johnson Jordan, who sits eighth in school history in digs and 21st in kills, also had 93 service aces and 225 blocks. She led the Bruins in aces in 1993 and 1995, as well as digs in 1995.
Johnson Jordan earned a pair of Volleyball Magazine All-American Honorable Mention accolades in 1994 and '95. She was also a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference First Team honoree ('93 and '95) and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Following her playing days at UCLA, Johnson Jordan played on the beach, competing in the sport's grandest stage. In 2000, with partner and former Bruin Annett (Buckner) Davis, she finished fifth in the Sydney Olympic Games. She also served as an alternate for the 2004 Athens Games, and during that year with Davis, became just the second team in the world to compete in 100 events together.
Elsewhere on the beach, Johnson Jordan has played on the Pro 4's, FIVB, WPVA, BVA and AVP Tours. In 1997, she won the FIVB 4-Person World Beach Championship at UCLA. Two years later, she won a Silver medal at the FIVB World Championships. A winner of 10 professional beach titles worldwide, Johnson Jordan ranked in the Top 10 in points every year she competed on the BVA and AVP Tours and was honored in 2002 with the AVP Special Achievement Award.
Johnson Jordan has been a High Performance Coach for USA Volleyball and is also USAV Beach Cap Certified. In 2012, she became the first beach volleyball coach at her alma mater, Windward High School, and that year was also the head coach for the LAVA girls club volleyball beach program.
Johnson Jordan, who graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's in communications in 1996, comes from a rich tradition of Bruins and athletic pedigree. Her father, Rafer, was an Olympic Gold medalist in the Decathlon in 1960 and a Silver medalist in that event in 1956. Her mother, Betsy, also attended UCLA, as did her brother Josh, a former javelin thrower, and uncle Jimmy, a former football player who went on to a career with the San Francisco 49ers and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
Johnson Jordan is married to former UCLA All-American wide receiver Kevin Jordan (class of '95). The couple have two children, Jaylen and Kory.