PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Kerry Carr, announced the addition of Marouane Jafir and Camilla Ihenetu to her staff for the 2014 season. Jafir, a Morocco native, comes to Penn with more than 18 years of combined experience playing and coaching volleyball, while Ihenetu graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2006 and played volleyball for the Tar Heels for three years.
“Marouane has been a great addition because he adds the wider viewpoint of international experience to our staff,” Carr said. “He not only adds his personal FIVB playing expertise, but also knows the American recruiting angle from the prospect side as a successful club coach in the area for the last seven years.He is a loyal and committed individual, and well respected in the USA volleyball community. We are excited to work with him in making Penn Volleyball more successful this season.”
“We are also excited to add Camilla to our coaching staff,” said Carr.“Coming highly recommended from UNC is one of many feathers in her cap, as she also has worldwide academic experiences which will surely help our student-athletes.Although her time in the gym with us will be limited due to her Penn Law School requirements, we are lucky to have her assist us.”
As the co-owner and Club/Technical Director of the Delaware United Volleyball Club, Jafir manages all function and duties of the club. Some of his other responsibilities include training and educating the coaching staff, coordinating schedules and registration for tournaments, and assisting players with the college recruitment process. Since he began working for the club in 2010, 95 percent of players make and/or start for their high school teams, 90 percent of middle school players make their high school teams, and 60 percent of players have been recognized on All-State teams.
In 2011, Jafir accepted the positions of Head Volleyball Coach and Summer Camp Director at Avon Grove High School and spent two years at the school. At the end of his final season in 2013, the team finished seventh in PA District I (out of 32 teams) with a 16-3 record.
Jafir also had two stints as an assistant coach, first at Gwynedd-Mercy College (2007-09) and then at Wilmington Christian School (2009-10).
During his nine-year playing career with the Tihad Sport Volleyball Club (TSC), Jafir was twice named Moroccan Player of the Year (1996, 1998). His team was winner of the Moroccan Cup (1995-97, 1999-2001), the Moroccan Super Cup (1996, 1998-2000), and champion of Morocco from 1994-2000.
Along with TSC, Jafir was a Moroccan National Team Player and competed in the African Nations Cup from 1997-99. In 1999, the team placed second in the tournament and Jafir received the fourth Best Player Award by the African Federation of Volleyball. In 1997, the team finished third.
Jafir is a USA Volleyball Impact Instructor and is CAP III and FIVB Level II certified. He taught a volleyball class within the Department of Kinesiology at Temple and is fluent in three languages: English, Arabic, French.
"I would like to thank Coach Carr for giving me an opportunity to be part of a program that has so much potential for success,” said Jafir. “I really look forward to being challenged both personally and professionally, and I’m excited to get into the gym with our student-athletes."
Ihenetu joins the staff this season as a volunteer assistant while she pursues a law degree from Penn. This will be her first college coaching experience.
During her time with the Tar Heels, Ihenetu finished her junior season with 174 kills, which was the fifth-most on the team, and was selected by the coaches for the Kindy Memorial Award that honors Jean E. Kindy, one of the first supporters of Carolina volleyball. As a sophomore, Ihenetu averaged 1.98 kills per game and had a career-high 17 kills against N.C. State. As a freshman, she averaged 1.34 kills and 1.75 digs per game.
Before beginning law school, Ihenetu spent time in Guatemala City for the J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship as a Consultant/Special Assistant, Directorate of Education Planning, Ministry of Education. She also worked in the nation’s capital for the United States Department of Energy, The White House, Office of the First Lady, and the United States Department of the Interior.
With a double major in Political Science and International Studies and concentrations in Global Economics and European and Latin American Politics, Ihenetu then pursued and completed a Masters of Arts in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in December of 2007. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is proficient in French.
Penn will open its season at The Palestra when the Quakers host Cleveland State, Georgetown and Colgate for the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitational Sept. 5-6.