With a solid background in teaching and a passion to keep the Bruins on the cutting edge, Kim Jagd enters her 17th year as a member of the UCLA women's volleyball coaching staff in 2009 and her third season as the Bruins' assistant head coach, a promotion received in June 2007.
The Bruins have posted a 372-146 (.718) record over her previous 16 seasons and made the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including the NCAA Championship Final match in 1994 and the National Semifinals in 2006.
UCLA has recorded 10 straight 20-win seasons and has reached the NCAA Regional Final in four of the last six years.
Last July, Jagd helped coach the U.S. Women's Junior National Team to a gold medal at the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship. It was the most recent of coaching stints for Jagd with USA Volleyball, as she was selected to direct the 2003 USA Volleyball Girls High Performance A2 Camp in Colorado Springs. The camp is USA Volleyball's introductory level of instruction to young players aspiring to achieve Olympic status. In addition to her duties as the head coach of the High Performance A2 program, Jagd was chosen to be the Head Coach of the High Performance National Team in 2004 and `05. The National Team competed in USA Volleyball's Regional Championships in Austin, Texas in the summer of 2005 and won a gold medal in the YNT 17-and-under Division. A CAP II Certified coach, Jagd spoke at USA Volleyball coaches clinics and camps in January and July of 2005, as well as the MVB AVCA coaches convention in 2008.
Jagd has coached four Olympians during her career, including two-time Olympian and 2004 beach volleyball bronze medalist Elaine Youngs. She has also coached 2000 beach volleyball Olympians Jenny (Johnson) Jordan and Annett (Buckner) Davis and 2004 Olympian Wiz Bachman (indoor). All four were coached by Jagd during their UCLA careers, while Youngs was also coached by Jagd during her high school career at El Toro High School.
In Westwood, Jagd's "big picture" focus with UCLA team members revolves around the process of creating balanced young adults, as well as competitive, fundamentally sound, winning volleyball players. The Arcadia, Calif, native knows firsthand the importance of balance in life. Formerly Kim Poppa, she has two children, Nikki (22), a two-year letterwinner on the Bruin women's volleyball team (2006-07), a 2009 UCLA graduate and a volunteer assistant coach at George Washington, and Ryal (20), a former member of the Bruin football squad and current redshirt sophomore on the men's volleyball team.
A resident of Manhattan Beach, Jagd balances the demands of mother, coach and active individual on a daily basis in addition to her coaching duties. Jagd is a fitness enthusiast who finds the time to enjoy as many activities as possible especially golf, yoga and racquetball.
A member of the Women's Professional Beach Volleyball Tour for three years (1990-92), Jagd recorded several Top 10 finishes in the sand. Since returning to six-player indoor play, she has earned USVBA All-American honors five times (1995, `96, `98, `01 and `03) and helped lead her team to the division title in 1996, `98 and `01.
As a collegiate athlete, Jagd competed for the Bruin volleyball team in 1985 and `86 after lettering for two years at UC Irvine. She graduated from UCLA in 1987 with a degree in history then received elementary and secondary level teaching credentials from UCI in 1989-90.
Preceding her return to UCLA, Jagd spent one year as an assistant volleyball coach at Colorado, working with recruiting and coaching the passers and swing hitters. In 1992, Colorado won the Big Eight Tournament, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 22-8 record.
Before joining the college ranks, she served as co-head coach at El Toro High School from 1987-91. During her tenure, Jagd helped lead the school to the 1991 Division I state championship and coached eventual Bruins Youngs and Michelle Mauney.