Former Husker Jordan Larson to serve as volunteer assistant at Midland University

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A legendary Husker is coaching in Nebraska, but not at her alma mater.

Jordan Larson, a Nebraska native and a three-time Olympian, has joined Midland University’s volleyball coaching staff.

She will join head coach Paul Giesselmann as a volunteer assistant this fall.

Larson had a short stint coaching at former Big 12 rival Texas until she left due to personal reasons.

“Jordan lends instant credibility whenever she walks into practice,” Giesselmann said in a press release.  “She’s had an opportunity to be coached by the best coaches in the world and she will bring so many different perspectives that our players can take advantage of. ”

During Larson’s time at Nebraska from 2005 to 2008, she garnered several accolades, including a Big 12 Player of the Year award in 2008.

After her college career, she played in three Olympics, where she earned a gold, silver and bronze medal.

In 2020, Larson solidified her spot in the halls of the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’ve been coaching for 35 years, and one thing you should always be doing as a coach is looking for ways to get better,” Giesselmann said.  “This is an opportunity for our players to get better, and for me to learn more as a coach.”

The Warriors have been successful during Giesselmann’s 13-year tenure as head coach.

And this season, Midland sits as the No. 1-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program in the nation.

“Paul and his staff do a great job and Midland is a fantastic program,” Larson said in the release.  “When you look at the state of Nebraska, it’s unreal all the great volleyball programs we have. It’s a reflection on the standards we’ve set and how everyone involved wants their programs to be successful. It’s encouraging and fun to be a part of.”

Due to her schedule, Larson may be coaching only once a week.

But Giesselmann said he plans to “maximize” Larson’s time in the gym.

“I come from a small town, and I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of the world, and I want to encourage these girls to do the same because there is a lot to learn out there,” Larson said.  “It’s great to be back and I’m happy to be a part of it all, I think the team is excited as well. I hope I can help. That’s my goal.”

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