Women’s Volleyball Coach Kisha Cameron Experiences 100th Career Win

Joliet Junior College Head Volleyball Coach Kisha Cameron celebrated her 100th career win after her team won three out of four games at Olivet Nazarene University on Monday, Sept. 30.

Kisha Cameron, women's volleyball coach at Joliet Junior College, is pictured in the center, surrounded by the JJC volleyball team and Jesse Aquino, assistant volleyball coach.

Cameron wasn’t keeping track of the wins, but her players were. After their last game, the team circled their coach, screaming and cheering. When Cameron asked what was going on, she realized her players were congratulating her.

It was Assistant Coach Jesse Aquino’s 100th win as well. The pair has been coaching together at JJC for the past five years.

“It was surprising. It came too fast. I blinked and there it was,” Cameron said.

Before JJC, Cameron worked as an assistant volleyball coach at Harper College in Palatine for three years.

Cameron has always loved volleyball. She played the sport in her hometown of Topeka, Kan. at Highland Park High School, and then went on to play at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan. She eventually came to the University of Illinois in Springfield and played.

After graduating, Cameron joined a volleyball club. When the club’s coach was on maternity leave, Cameron took over and found she enjoyed coaching even more than playing.

Cameron said she enjoys her job at JJC because of the connections she’s made with her players.

“Getting to know each player, how they’re going to respond to what I’m coaching, and finding the best way to deliver that technique or skill— I enjoy seeing them perform it naturally,” Cameron said.

Since she started coaching at JJC, Cameron has learned patience and flexibility. Every player is an individual and Cameron tries to deliver messages in a unique way to each player.

“I’m not just there to coach them as a player, either,” Cameron added. “They can apply those lessons — personality, responsibility, commitment to others, accountability — and take them off the court, too.”

Cameron, Aquino, and their players are like a family because they support each other, talk to each other, play jokes on each other, and learn from each other.

“I’ve got a really great group of young women that are focused on the game, but are also really sweet people,” Cameron said.

This year, the team’s record is 14-14.

The JJC volleyball team will host their final home game against Milwaukee Area Technical College on Thursday Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.

For more information about JJC’s volleyball program, visit www.jjc.edu/student-life/athletics/volleyball.

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