Rocklin, Calif. – William Jessup University announced that Shasta Millhollin-Bossom will be its new women’s volleyball coach.
Millhollin-Bossom brings a great balance of coaching and playing experience to the Warriors. She possesses a rich coaching history with some of the most elite high school, club and college teams throughout Arizona and California.
“Shasta is a great fit and a very qualified coach who brings years of playing and coaching experience at all levels of volleyball,” said Farnum Smith, William Jessup’s Associate Athletic Director. “She is highly motivated, well connected, and respected by the West Coast volleyball club and collegiate coaches.”
Millhollin-Bossom takes over the William Jessup program after serving as varsity volleyball coach at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was previously the volleyball coach at Perry High School and Westwood High School, both located in Arizona.
Millhollin-Bossom also coached club teams in Arizona that finished in the top-10 nationally on five separate occasions. However, her experience is not limited to the high school level. Millhollin-Bossom began her coaching experience as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State University.
Millhollin-Bossom is excited to bring her coaching talents back to the collegiate level.
“My goal as William Jessup’s coach is to not only create amazing volleyball players, but more importantly I want to help create amazing young women who go out into the world and make a difference as a result of their experience at William Jessup,” she said.
As a player, Millhollin-Bossom was the starting setter at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs and later Solano Community College in Fairfield, where she became the career leader in assists for the Bay Valley Conference.Originally recruited and signed to play for Texas A&M, she transferred to University Notre Dame de Namur, a Division II college in the Bay Area. While at Notre Dame de Namur, Millhollin-Bossom was voted Pacific West Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Millhollin-Bossom comes from a storied lineage of coaches. Her dad, David Millhollin, coached varsity boy’s basketball for 27 years and her mom Sheri Millhollin coached varsity and club volleyball for 25 years. Both had long coaching tenures at Ponderosa High.
“I am truly blessed to have such incredible parents who have dedicated their lives to teaching and coaching,” Millhollin-Bossom said. “The relationships they have built with their players and the lessons they have taught me and their former players are priceless.”
Smith said that the Warriors are excited about the recruiting potential Millhollin-Bossom brings with her family background.
“Shasta will be a talented recruiter that comes from a family of teacher/coaches, with both her mother and father having over 50 years of combined basketball and volleyball coaching experience in the Northern California area,” Smith said.
Millhollin-Bossom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University Notre Dame de Namur and a Masters in Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She also has a Secondary Education teaching credential.
“I believe in a balance between faith, academics, family, sports, and social life. With that said, sometimes the hardest thing to teach players is the sacrifice that comes with being a student athlete,” said Millhollin-Bossom, reflecting on her coaching experience. “Not everyone has the privilege of playing high level collegiate athletics. It is a privilege that should never be taken for granted and requires hard work all the time.”
She and her husband, Eric Bossom, are planning to live in the Rocklin area, close to the William Jessup campus.
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