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Varsity Volleyball Head Coach Tanna Smith

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Coach Tanna Smith is in her 5th year as the Head Coach of the Jenks Trojans and 11th year as a High School coach. She originates from the Hoosier state of Indiana. Upon graduation from Blackford High School in 2000, she headed to the east coast to be a setter at Division 2 Mount Olive College.  There she was named freshman of the year in the conference. Wanting to move closer to home and play at a more competitive level, Tanna took a scholarship offer at Division 1 IUPUI where both her passions of competitive volleyball and art would be met. For education, she would attend Herron School of Art and Design through Indiana University where she would get a Bachelor's in Art Education to become a second-generation art teacher, following in her mother’s footsteps.  As a Jaguar in the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League), Smith was the leading 5-1 setter and one of the team captains all three years she played (2003-2005).  In 2002, she was named to the Mid-Continent All-Tournament Team and was awarded offensive player of the week multiple times. She held the career assist record of 3,814 until 2009, assists per game record of 12.66, assist records in a three-set match of 53, 47, and 46, assist records in a 4-set match of 68, 64, 63, and assist records in a 5-set match of 72, 72, 67 and 66, and ranked as one of the top setters in her conference and top 50 setters in the nation during her career. In 2001 Tanna began coaching for Circle City Volleyball Club at the request of her college coach.  She continued to coach for Circle City until 2007 when she decided to follow her two brothers to Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma Coach Smith opened her High School career with Heritage Hall as the Varsity Assistant to Bill Hamiter and Head JV Coach while teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School. At Heritage the Chargers went on to win two state Championships in 2007 and 2008. In the spring of 2008 Smith was offered the Head Coach position at Edmond North. In her first year the Huskies tied for 3rd in the 6A State Championship Tournament which was the highest finish for the school in years.  In 2010 they took 5th with a young team and in 2011 the Huskies went on to take state runner up to Bishop Kelley.

In 2013 when Coach Smith took the reins her first year as a Trojan, she led the Trojans to a regional championship victory after a three-year spell without a regional title.  The Lady Trojans then went on to upset Union High School in a five-set nail biter to move on to the semi-final round of the state championship eventually falling to the State Champion, Edmond Santa Fe.  Although they finished 3rd place at the state tournament, it set a new precedent for the Jenks Volleyball program and Coach Smith was selected as the 2013 Frontier Valley Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year.

The 2014 season was another exciting ride. Smith not only started the 7th grade volleyball program but also head coached it all while chasing after a long time coaching dream of winning a state title with her varsity team.  It was in that year that Coach Smith led the Trojans to yet another regional title and a 6A state championship title upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament!  Again she was named the 2014 Frontier Valley Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year and awarded the 2014 Tulsa Metro Volleyball Coach of the Year.  Region 7 selected Smith as their nomination for the 2015 All State Coach of the Year.

After losing 10 seniors from the 2014 State Championship team programs across the state wondered what the Trojans might be able to accomplish in their 2015 season. Entering her third season at Jenks Smith yet again had success leading a young team to a third regional title and a runner up finish falling to Edmond North in a four-set battle. For a third year in a row Frontier Valley named Smith the 2015 Conference Volleyball Coach of the year.  She was also being named Region 7 Coach of the Year, All State Coach of the Year, OSSAA Volleyball Coach of the year, NFHS Oklahoma Volleyball Coach of the Year, and was a national finalist for the Double-Goal Coaching Award.

In addition to coaching high school, Coach Smith has continued to hone her craft coaching club volleyball ages 11-18 for the last 14 years and is headed into her 15th club season.  This will be her 2nd season as co-club director of Ultimate Performance Volleyball with Missy McCaw-Frette.  Prior to starting Ultimate she worked for the nationally recognized Oklahoma Peak Performance for 10 club seasons and 3 club seasons at Circle City Volleyball Club in Indianapolis.  At Op2, she has played the role of  head coach, assistant coach, co-head coach, and lesson/clinics specialist.  As a head coach of the 14-1s for the last three years, her teams have placed in the top 13: in 2014 her team placed 13th, in 2015 and 2016 they placed 5th in the nation at USAV Junior Nationals.

"It has been a long-time dream of mine to grow the game in Tulsa and I am excited to continue be a part of not only coaching high school 6A Volleyball, but also club!  I hope that I can do for other coaches and athletes what Op2 did for me that will impact Volleyball for years to come.”

 

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