15UA Blue - Assistant Coach
Coach Fun Facts
- Favorite place to travel is Spain
- Loves the Houston Astros
- Favorite holiday is Christmas
- Has a Siberian Husky
- Favorite food is Mofongo
This season (2021-2022) Jose Ortiz is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s second 15s team – 15 Under Armour Blue.
Jose was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. As a native Puerto Rican, where volleyball is the number one growing sport, he began playing at the age of 13 for different summer volleyball club teams. He attended Santo Tomas de Aquino High School. During his school years, he was an outside hitter with the private school’s league team. During his senior season (1991), he served as his team’s captain and led them to a 1st place finish at the League Tournament.
Jose continued his volleyball career collegiately at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He played as a defensive specialist and graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Land Surveying and Mapping.
In 2007, he moved to Round Rock with his family. He began coaching club volleyball in 2012 and has been coaching in the Austin area for the past 7 years. He has coached multiple 13U, 15U, and 16U teams. The past three seasons (2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020) Jose has served as the assistant coach for 16 Black and 2020-2021 as the assistant for 16 Under Armour Green with Nicole Hajka. He also served one season as the head coach for 13 Black (2018-2019).
Jose is IMPACT and SafeSport certified. He works at Halff and Associates as a Senior Survey Tech. He has been married 22 years to his wife, Ileana. They are the proud parents of three girls – Claudia (21), Gabriela (18), and Roselyn (8). This is Jose’s 5th season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.