Colorado State University-Pueblo named former CSU-Pueblo assistant coach and volleyball player, Jen Gomez, head volleyball coach on December 22, 2010.
Gomez, formerly Jen Salmans, was an assistant coach with the ThunderWolves from 2000 to 2004 after playing for the Pack from 1998 to 1999. She been the head coach at Oklahoma City University since 2006 where she took over an OCU volleyball program that had been dormant from 1981 to 2005. Gomez immediately turned the Stars into a winner, going 26-8 and making an NAIA regional tournament appearance.
Over her five seasons at the helm of OCU, Gomez was 134-60, leading the Stars to the 2010 Sooner Athletic Conference title and the school's first ever NAIA Championships appearance. She has led the Stars to at least the NAIA regionals three of her five seasons at Oklahoma City, including four 20-win seasons and two 30-win seasons. She also coached the program's first ever All-American, Xiaoting Ma, who was named All-American three times and earned first-team honors in 2010.
Prior to being named head coach at Oklahoma City, she was the assistant volleyball coach at Angelo State (Tex.) University for two seasons, and was the assistant coach at CSU-Pueblo prior to that. In all, she has a total of 11 seasons of collegiate coaching experience.
As a player at CSU-Pueblo, she was an All-RMAC selection, as well as the CSU-Pueblo (then-University of Southern Colorado) Female Athlete of the Year in 2000. Prior to CSU-Pueblo, she was an NJCAA All-American at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.
Gomez, a 2001 graduate of CSU-Pueblo with a degree in exercise science, achieved her Master's in health and human performance from Fort Hays State University in 2005. Prior to receiving her degree from CSU-Pueblo, she received an associate's in science from Garden City Community College.
Jen and her husband, Chanc, have one daughter, Micah. The family resides in Pueblo.