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Sonia Jones

Sonia Jones

EVJ Leadership Team
Site Manager EVJ-Gilbert
Social Media Coordinator
EVJ Beach Program Coordinator

Head Coach

Girls 18N1-Gilbert

A message from Coach Sonia:
My mission as a coach is always to provide productive training in a positive and competitive environment where athletes can learn the true meaning of sport and gain life experience. I want to empower athletes so that they can perform their best in sports, and in life. My philosophy is simple... athletes first, winning second. I try my hardest to lead by example because athletes are more likely to mimic a coach’s behavior than to question it. My passion for the game, intense competitiveness, and desire to give back to the volleyball community fuels my fire for coaching, teaching, and learning.

Coaching Experience:

Club Volleyball:

  • East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club, Gilbert, AZ
    (Indoor Girls Head Coach, 10s-18s) 
    2017-18 position:
     - Girls Head Coach, 18N1-Gilbert
     - EVJ Beach Coordinator/Coach
  • Instinct Sports (acquired by EVJ), Gilbert, AZ
    2013-14 (Founder & Club Director, Girls Head Coach, 18s)
  • Shenu Volleyball Club, Scottsdale, AZ
    2012-13 (Co-Director, 16's & 18's; Assistant Coach, 16s & 18s)
  • Club Red, Tempe, AZ
    2011-12 (Girls Head Coach, 16s)
  • Arizona Heat Volleyball Club, Gilbert, AZ
    2003-05 (Club Director, Girls Head Coach, 18s)
  • Molten Volleyball Club, Gilbert, AZ
    1996-03 (Head Coach/Assistant Coach, Girls 16s & 18s)

School Volleyball:

  • Benedictine University at Mesa, Mesa, AZ
    2014-Present (Women's Head Indoor Coach)
    - 2017 (
    Libero of the Year; 1, AVCA All-Region; 1, First Team All-Conference; 3, All-Conference Honorable Mention; 1, NAIA National Scholar Athlete)
    - 2016 Conference Runner-Up
    - 2016 (Libero of the Year; 2, First Team All-Conference; 2, Second Team All-Conference; 1, All-Conference Honorable Mention; 2, AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention; 4, NAIA National Scholar Athletes)
    2015 (5, All-Conference Honorable Mention; 4, NAIA National Scholar Athletes)
    2016-Present (Women's Head Beach Coach-first annual beach season)
  • Seton Catholic Prep High School, Chandler, AZ
    2012-14 (Girls Varsity Head Coach)

    - Jones was head coach from 2012-14 and in three seasons combined for a 77-29 record, including a 27-3 league record. The team had three state tournament appearances including final four finishes in 2012 and 2014. Jones was named DIII Section V Coach of the Year in 2014.
  • Highland High School, Phoenix, AZ
    2002-03 (Girls Varsity Assistant Coach)

Playing Experience:

  • Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
    Women's Volleyball Team
  • Chaminade University
    Women's Volleyball Team


  • Concordia University Chicago
    Currently enrolled, PhD Health and Human Performance
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
    2008, M.Ed. Human Relations
  • Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
    2007, B.S. Fitness and Wellness
  • Mesa Community College
    2003, A.A.S. Paramedicine
  • East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club
    2014-Present, Site Manager-Gilbert, Recruiting Consultant
    2017-Present, Social Media Coordinator
  • USAV CAP II Certified
  • Beach Impact Certified
  • NFHS Level I Accredited Coach
  • Mesa Community College
    Fire Science/EMS Faculty Department Chair, 2007-17
  • Certified Emergency Paramedic (current)
    Firefighter/Paramedic 2000-2007
  • City of Scottsdale Star Employee Award, 2006
    Phoenix Fire Department Citizen Heroism Award, 2006
    Scottsdale Fire Department Beyond the Call of Duty Award, 2006
    Phoenix Police Department Certificate of Lifesaving Award, 2006
  • Married with 2 awesome kids: Jeremiah and Reyna