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Junior MB leads the nation in blocking in 2011
Jesse Mahoney spent seven seasons with the Rams from 2005-11, including five as associate head coach. Mahoney served as the recruiting coordinator in addition to working with the blocking schemes and middle blockers. He left CSU in January 2012 for the head coaching position at the University of Denver.
During his tenure, Mahoney put together three recruiting classes ranked in the nation's top-25 by PrepVolleyball.com. The 2007 class was ranked 14th in the country, the 2008 squad stacked up as No. 22, and the 2010 class rated as No. 15.
Mahoney's coaching presence also was felt on the court as he has turned CSU into one of the top blocking teams in the country. CSU middle blockers like Dre Downs (all-conference and all-region in 2005, her first at the position), Mekana Barnes (three-time all-MW, 2007 Mountain West Player of the Year, 2007 third-team All-America), and more recently, Tessa Nelson (2009 MW Preseason Player of the Year, 2009 NCAA all-tournament team at Minneapolis Regional, two-time all-MW selection) and Megan Plourde (2011 AVCA All-America, nation's No. 1 blocker in 2011) thrived under Mahoney's watch and established themselves as some of the top players in country at the position. In 2011, the Rams led the Mountain West, and ranked second in the nation, in blocks per game (3.15).
Between 2005-11, the Rams have ranked among the nation's top-25 blocking teams six times, ranking fourth in 2008, fifth in 2007, ninth in 2005, 22nd in 2009 and second in both 2010 and 2011. CSU consistently ranked first or second in the Mountain West during Mahoney's tenure.
Mahoney came to Colorado State from Fort Hays State, where he was the head coach from 1999-2004. While at Fort Hays State, Mahoney tallied a record of 107-82, including a mark of 56-12 in both 2003 and 2004. His Lady Tigers went 31-5 in 2004 as they posted the best record in NCAA Division II competition and finished the season ranked 11th nationally. Mahoney led Fort Hays State to its first regional tournament berth in 2003 and then led the squad to the regional finals in 2004. Fort Hays State participated in four consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) tournaments under Mahoney's guidance.
At Fort Hays State, Mahoney coached the only three All-Americans in school history, Ashley Holt, Kelly Skidmore and Amber Zoglman.
Prior to his time in Hays, he was the assistant coach at Colorado Christian in 1998, helping lead the Cougars to a tie for first place in the RMAC East Division (17-2 record).
Mahoney was the head coach of the University of Colorado men's club team for two years and was an assistant with the team the year prior to that. He also helped coach the 18-under Front Range Volleyball Club team that captured the USA Junior Rocky Mountain Region championship.
Prior to coaching, Mahoney spent four seasons as the starting setter on the CU men's club team. He earned all-tournament honors in 1993 after leading the team to the NIRSA collegiate club national championship.
A native of Boulder, Colo., he received a bachelor's degree in psychology from CU in 1995 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1999. He is married to the former Gwen McEntyre, and the couple has three children: Macy James, Griffin Mack and Declan Thomas.
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