Pedro Gonzalez enters his second season as head coach of the Governors State women's volleyball team. He was named the program's second head coach on July 18, 2016.
In his first season with the Jaguars, Gonzalez led the team to 12 victories — 10 more than the previous year. The Jaguars swept season series from IU Northwest (3-0) and Calumet St. Joseph (3-0) and posted wins over NCAA Division III opponents Wilmington and Concordia. Gonzalez also coached five student-athletes who were named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Academic Team.
Prior to arriving at University Park, Gonzalez served as head coach at Hampton University for six seasons (2007-12), guiding the Pirates to three appearances in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament. His teams advanced to the MEAC Semifinals in back-to-back seasons (2011, 2012) with the 2012 squad tying the school record for most Division I wins (19) in a season. In 2011, the Pirates excelled defensively, leading the MEAC in digs per game with a 13.02 average.
Gonzalez coached five All-MEAC selections at Hampton and earned a reputation as a relentless recruiter, drawing student-athletes from Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Latvia, Israel, Macedonia, Puerto Rico and Serbia. He also served as the MEAC's representative on the NCAA Head Coaches Committee.
Gonzalez previously coached three seasons at Colby Community College (2004-06), surpassing the 20-win mark in his last two seasons at the Kansas school.
Most recently, Gonzalez coached for Energy Volleyball Club (2013-16) in Niles and is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
A native of Las Milpas de Los Gonzalez, Sinaloa, Mexico, Gonzalez played two volleyball seasons and received a degree in psychology from the University of La Verne in 2001.
Dean Jennings begins his second season as assistant volleyball coach at Governors State University and his 23rd year overall working at GSU. Jennings is the program director as well for the GSU Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Jennings, who served three months as interim head coach, assists with match strategy, practices, recruiting, conditioning and administrative duties. During matches he oversees the team’s service and service reception schemes. In 2016, the Jaguars ranked second among CCAC teams, and 18th nationally, in service aces per game (1.8). GSU also experienced a 10-win improvement over its previous season.
A native of Blue Island, Illinois, Jennings coached the GSU club volleyball team for four years and was instrumental in starting up varsity athletics at the school. A former volleyball player himself, Jennings is a licensed athletic trainer and has been certified as a sports performance enhancement specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Dean and his wife Paula have two daughters, Olivia and Carly. The Jennings reside in Bourbonnais.