Dickinson, ND - The Dickinson State University Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of Head Women's Volleyball Coach Jennifer Hartman. Hartman takes over the position after Jon Stenman resigned in early July. Hartman has experience as the head coach of Dickinson State as well as at the High School level in Dickinson.
“After the Dickinson state job opportunity was presented to me, I knew what I needed to do,” said Hartman. “Obviously the timing couldn't be more terrible, but that's the way life usually works-there is never a good time for these types of things.
Hartman had recently signed to be the Head Volleyball Coach at Williston State College.
“I would like to thank Williston for everything they did for me this past month. They are a great junior college, and in no way was my decision based upon anything they did wrong. I am solely responsible for this move, and I stand by this decision,” said Hartman. “I would like to convey my deepest apologies to Williston State and the athletes for putting them through this difficult time, but I know my heart has always been with DSU and it would have been wrong for me to stay.”
Jennifer Hartman is no stranger to Mon-Dak volleyball as she grew up in Miles City, Montana. After a standout prep career, Hartman joined the Blue Hawks at Dickinson State and competed in both Volleyball and Track and Field. Her impact was immediate on the court, being named as the Conference Freshman of the Year. She would continue to see success with multiple honors in both volleyball and track, including holding the school record for Long Jump with 19ft and 2.75 inches.
Hartman graduated from Dickinson State with a degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Coaching. She spent the last 3 years working full-time as a 2nd grade teacher in Dickinson, which allowed her the opportunity to stay involved with coaching at both the collegiate and high school levels.
After her playing career, Hartman immediately joined the coaching ranks as she took over as the Interim Head Coach of Dickinson State Volleyball for the Fall 2012 season. Hartman was able to win her 1st playoff game and qualify for the Frontier Conference Tournament.
“This was one of the toughest career decisions I have ever had to make, but it came down to the simple fact that I love the people at Dickinson state,” said Hartman. “The love and support the University has shown me these past 7 years is incomparable to any other college. I am ready to come home, and I am proud to be a Blue Hawk again.”
In addition to becoming the Head Volleyball Coach, Hartman will also be an Assistant Track & Field Coach as well as the Blue Hawk Booster Membership Coordinator of Annual Giving.
“We are very excited Jen has decided to come back to DSU,” said Dickinson State University Athletic Director Tim Daniel. “She has a great history with DSU athletics and we know she is the right person for the job.”