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Lake Land College Welcomes New Volleyball Coach

Lake Land College is excited to introduce Lainey Jackson as the new Laker volleyball head coach.


Jackson played high school volleyball at Cumberland High School, where she was a four-time all-conference team selection. She continued her playing career at Lincoln Land Community College, earning the Midwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award and NJCAA All-American honors. She also played at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi before returning to central Illinois and coaching for Teutopolis High School and Club 217 Volleyball.


“Getting the opportunity to coach the sport that I love in a place that I love was something I couldn’t pass up,” Jackson said. “It’s really just an honor. It doesn’t even really feel real yet that I’m here. I’m just still so head over heels happy that I’m getting the opportunity to do this.”


For athletes considering playing in college, Jackson stresses that Lake Land offers high-level competition and quality facilities certain to excite all players.


“A lot of people overlook community college just because they don’t realize how competitive it can be,” she said. “This is one of the nicest community colleges I’ve ever been to in my volleyball career. We’re here to push, not just other community colleges, but universities as well, to be one of the most competitive teams in the nation.”


Jackson will make her Lake Land coaching debut at the Opening Weekend Tournament in Rockford, Illinois on August 18. The first home match will be held at the Lake Land Field House on September 6 against Lincoln Trail College.


To follow the team, visit https://lakelandlakersathletics.com/landing/index.


For more information about Lake Land volleyball and other athletic programs, contact Athletic Director Bill Jackson by phone at 217-234-5296 or by email at wjackson60312@lakelandcollege.edu.


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