Hopkins, who is in her second year as the head assistant, will continue working with the middles and defense while handling all of the administrative duties of the program. In her first season with the program, she worked with setters and offense as a second assistant.
In five total seasons as an assistant under Kupferberg (three at Northwest, two at JU), the programs have combined for a 94-47 (.667) overall record and a 63-20 (.759) mark in conference play.
Last year, the Dolphin defense ranked first in blocks and opponent hitting percentage and was second in digs after changing from a 5-1 format to a 6-2 set. Sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher had a career season by leading the squad with 115 blocks, 1.12 blocks per set and a .331 hitting percentage while also ranking third with 213 kills and 2.07 kills per set en route to second team all-conference honors.
In her first season with the Dolphins, she was instrumental in the development of freshman setter Hannah Munneke. Munneke, who was named to the A-Sun all-freshman team, set a JU single season record with 1,356 assists - shattering the previous mark of 1,244 by Erin Donivan in 2005. Munneke also set a new single-season record with an average of 11.69 assists per game during the year - surpassing the 11.05 assists per game by Carrie Bosworth in 2000. As an offense, JU saw its hitting percentage increase from .206-to-.213 under Hopkins’ direction.
Prior to rejoining Kupferberg, she spent one year as a volunteer assistant coach with Sudden Impact Volleyball Club in Redmond, Wash. During that time, she assisted in all areas of the squad including working with individual players during practice and setting practice plans to increase team performance.
Prior to Sudden Impact, she had a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Northwest University under Kupferberg. In her stint with the Eagles, the squad went a combined 65-24 (.730) and also finished 41-13 (.759) in Cascasde Conference play. In her final season with the program, the Eagles set a program record by going 28-4, including a 16-2 conference mark, while also earning the program’s highest national ranking (10th) and its first regional championship appearance.
While working as an assistant at Northwest, Hopkins spent three years as a parauducator and teacher at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. Her duties included working with mentally ill children in a classroom environment while also creating lesson plans, assisting in legal documents (IEP) for special needs programs and creating behavior plans.
In her collegiate career, Hopkins played four-years at Northwest as a defensive specialist from 1999-2002. In her final two seasons, she played under Kupferberg before joining his staff. Hopkins earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northwest in 2003 and is currently working on her master’s degree at JU.