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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation
Jacqui Nielson
Jacqui Nielson
Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach
Phone: 773-702-6925

Jacqui (Gatt) Nielson concluded her fifth year as an assistant volleyball coach at UChicago in 2018.

UChicago set a new school record for winning percentage in 2018, going 29-5 on the year (.853) and reaching the second round of the NCAA postseason. Emma Griffith, Sarah Muisenga and Madison Pearson were all selected as AVCA Honorable Menton All-Americans. Four Maroons were honored on the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) teams. At season's end, UChicago ranked 11th in hitting percentage (.244), while Griffith's 1,367 assists were second most in the nation.

The 2017 Maroons reached the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time. Four players were named All-UAA and two were selected All-Region.

In 2016, the Maroons went 7-0 to start conference play for the first time in program history. Dingman and her assistants were named University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2014, the Maroons made their fifth-straight NCAA Division III Championship appearance. UChicago was named UAA Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, and outside hitter Maren Loe was named UAA Most Valuable Player.

Previously, Nielson spent four seasons as the head volleyball coach for Illinois Institute of Technology from 2011-14. From 2008-10, she was an assistant volleyball coach for Wayne State University and also national coach at MJuniors (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

As a collegiate volleyball player, Nielson competed for Madonna University, where she was a three-time All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) selection. She was twice named First Team All-WHAC, earned WHAC and Region VIII Libero of the Year, and was runner-up for NAIA National Libero of the Year in 2007. Nielson picked up 2007 NAIA All-American honors and was a two-time NAIA Academic All-American.

Nielson earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from Madonna and her master's degree in sport administration from Wayne State.