17 Under Armour Green- Head Coach

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Coach Fun Facts

  • 1st car was a 64 1/2 Mustang she restored with her dad
  • Born in Lakenheath, England
  • In the Guinness Book of World Records
  • Starter for 1st NCAA DI Women’s team to finish with an undefeated season
  • Has 12 screws and a titanium plate in her left hand

Coach Bio

This season (2020-2021) Jessica Brannan is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s top 17s team – 17 Under Armour Green.

Roots Volleyball is excited to have a former DI National Champion on our staff! Jessica was born in Lakenheath, England and attended high school in San Antonio, Texas. She played volleyball at John Jay High School as a freshman and finished out at Douglas MacArthur High School as a Lady Brahma. During her freshman season, Brannan led her team to a big win in the Texas 5A State Championship (1991). Her efforts on the court earned her All-District honors (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994), All-State honors (1991), Junior All-American honors (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994), and landed her on the Fab 50 list. Jessica was also a member of the US Youth National Team and US Junior National Team. She graduated from MHS in 1995 and continued her volleyball career collegiately earning a full, four-year scholarship to California State University Long Beach.

While at Long Beach (1995-1999), Brannan led her team to the NCAA National Semi-Finals (Final Four) in Spokane, Washington (1997). The following season (1998) she led her team in securing the NCAA National Championship title. Her 1998 team was the first Division I volleyball team in history to finish a season undefeated with a 36-0 record. Her high level of played earned Jessica numerous accolades including All-Conference awards (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) and All Final-Four Team awards (1997, 1998). Brannan worked just as hard in the classroom as she did on the court and earned Toyota Student Athlete of the Year honors (1998-1999). Jessica graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Brannon has an impressive 10-year, club-coaching career and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her. She has coached for Texas Juniors, Cal Juniors, Club Long Beach (Beach Mizuno), and East Coast Power. She led her 2018-2017 team to an 11th place at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Tournament (National division). In her first season with Roots Volleyball (2019-2020), Jessica served as the assistant coach for 15 Under Armour.

Jessica lives in Lakeway, Texas and works as an Executive Director for Healthcare Innovators Collaborative, Premier, Inc. She resides with her husband (Ryan), children (Logan and Hayden), and dog (Dempsey). Jessica describes herself as 1-part wife, 2-parts mom, 3-parts coach, 2-parts voracious reader, 1-part avid yogi, and 100% inspired! This is Jessica’s 2nd season with the Roots Volleyball family.