Volunteer Assistant Coach
University of Rochester '94
Jenn Spiker (DePrez) has joined the Army women's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant under first-year head coach Marcia McDermott. Spiker, who is married to Army head men's basketball coach Zach Spiker, returned to coaching in the spring following an outstanding 11-year career (1996-2006) on the staff of West Virginia.
A member of West Virginia's inaugural staff (1996), Spiker played a pivotal role helping West Virginia earn seven berths to the NCAA Tournament starting with a program-best 18-3-1 mark en route to capturing its first BIG EAST regular-season title in 2002. In 2004, she was promoted to assistant head coach, and helped recruit a team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2007.
In 2003, the Mountaineers reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with Spiker tabbed as the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding assistant coaches throughout the nation on both the college and high school levels, and the winners are selected from approximately 350,000 assistant coaches nationwide by a panel of judges from Coach & Athletic Director magazine.
Spiker broke in the coaching ranks at her alma mater (University of Rochester) following a decorated career after picking up her bachelor's degree in political science in 1994. Following a one-year stint, she joined the staff at West Virginia Wesleyan College (1995) and also continued her playing career joining the semi-pro ranks (1995-97) with the Rochester Ravens in their inaugural season in the USWISL.
A highly decorated soccer player, Spiker was a standout at Monroe Community College and Rochester during her collegiate playing days. She earned all-tournament honors leading Monroe C.C. to the NJCAA national tournament twice (1989-90) to include capturing the national championship in 1989. Spiker's performance earned her a plethora of honors highlighted with her selection as the 1990 National Junior College Player of the Year along with being tabbed an NSCAA and NJCAA All-America.
Spiker continued her career at Rochester where she helped the Yellowjackets advance to the NCAA Division III championship game in 1991. She helped Rochester capture the UAA Conference title all three years (1991-93). In addition to her selection to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1991, Spiker was twice selected All-Conference and All-New York State along with being tabbed for All-Northeast Region honors. In 1991, she was runner-up for the Rochester Press-Radio Female College Athlete of the Year.
Spiker also coached on the Region 1 staff of the Olympic Development Program and the West Virginia Olympic Development Program. During her time in Morgantown, Spiker also earned her master's degree in athletic coaching education (2004).
The former standout, who has been inducted into both the Monroe Community College Sports Hall of Fame (1999) and Hilton Central High School Hall of Fame (2000), will add another citation to her list of accolades as one of the candidates being inducted into the Rochester Sports Hall of Fame in October.
Spiker and her family reside at West Point.