Kiara Jordan enjoys coaching camp here before heading back to MSU
by MARY L. KIRBY
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KIARA JORDAN, former Lady Buckeye and Midwestern State Mustang volleyball star, instructs players at the Lady Buckeyes Volleyball Camp here last week. She is now an assistant coach at Midwestern State. In next photo, she is pictured with her mother, Coach Crata Johnson.
Mirror Photos / Mary Laschinger Kirby
KIARA JORDAN, former Lady Buckeye and Midwestern State Mustang volleyball star, instructs players at the Lady Buckeyes Volleyball Camp here last week. She is now an assistant coach at Midwestern State. In next photo, she is pictured with her mother, Coach Crata Johnson.
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KIARA JORDAN took a break from her new job at Midwestern State University last week to come home and assist at the Lady Buckeyes Volleyball Camp both mornings and afternoons.

Miss Jordan is a former Lady Buckeye volleyball star who went twice to the Regional Tournament with Michael Williams their coach. From there she got a 4-year scholarship to Midwestern State in Wichita Falls.

Midwestern State coach Venera Flores-Stafford announced July 9 on the Midwestern State University web site the hiring of her former star player as an assistant coach for the coming season.

Miss Jordan set two school records during her four years at Midwestern State including scoring 50 digs against Texas A&M-Commerce Oct. 29, 2009 during her break out sophomore season when she had 31 starts as a libero.

She was named Libero of the Year for the Lone Star Conference and was second team All-LSC selection with 4.79 digs per set in 2010. Not only was she a superb passer, but she also had a .959 serve reception percentage.

In her senior season, she won the prestigious Marie Morgan Award for her performance on the floor, classroom excellence and community service as the most outstanding all-around female student-athlete at MSU.

During 2012, she set her second school record with 631 digs in a single season and was second on the school’s all time dig list with 1,936, fifth on the all time service ace list (138), third in service attempts (1622) and first in service percentage (.975).

She became the first MSU volleyball player to earn All-America honors in the NCAA era when she was tabbed a second team Daktronics All American and was LSC Libero of the Year for the second straight season. She was 10th in NCAA division II teams with 6.02 digs per set.

All of that success won her aa U.S. Olympic Team tryout.

Last fall as she finished her course work for graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, 3.36 GPA, Miss Jordan worked as a student assistant with her head coach.

After graduation, she came home, expecting to begin coaching at the high school and junior high school level.

But changes were in the works.

One Midwestern Assistant Coach took a high school job in May in North Dakota and the other took a post as the head coach at Newman University. Then Coach Flores-Stafford reached out to the first All American player the Lady Mustangs have had since becoming an NCAA II division school.

"I was set to start coaching in Gilmer, but I am very happy I am coming back to MSU," Jordan said. "I am more comfortable with the higher level. I enjoyed playing her with the atmosphere we have. That high level of talent and experience is a big draw."

In addition, she is going to be joined by a teammate from her years in Gilmer, Kylie Burns. Burns graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 and wanted to get into coaching herself. When she learned there was a vacancy at Midwestern, she applied and won the job.

With the volleyball camp ending this week, Miss Jordan heads back to the windy, short-grass prairies around Wichita Falls.

“I really do not like the wind,” she conceded was the one drawback. But she enjoys the chance to continue her studies towards a Masters in Education in Sports Administration, having a full time salary, and benefits.

The only negative in the picture was her mother’s crest-fallen face when Kiara said to Crata Johnson, “I probably won’t be back home before Thanksgiving.” A coach herself, Mrs. Johnson had not thought of how the busy fall schedule would impact family visits as her daughter moves into her next stage of life.
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