An energetic and charismatic leader, Jody Garry is in her third season as an assistant coach with the Cougar volleyball program.
Garry, born Jody Paperno, hails from Chatsworth, Calif., where she was All-CIF at Chatsworth High and named MVP of the L.A. Valley All-Stars team. Complementing a stellar high school career, Garry also played club volleyball for three years for the So-Cal Volleyball Club and Zuma Bay VBC.
She proved to be a powerhouse for the Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota where she started at outside hitter from 1992-1995. A two-time team captain, Garry earned first team All-North Central Conference honors and led the team in hitting percentage in 1995. She was also the team leader in kills in 1994 (293) and 1995 (393) and remains the last Sioux player to lead the team in kills in consecutive years. Still prominently listed in the UND career record books, Garry ranks eighth in kills (1,085), seventh in total attempts (2,973), and seventh in digs (1,222).
Garry spent the summer of 1995 as an intern for USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs before returning to the Fighting Sioux volleyball program for the 1996 season as a volunteer assistant coach. She received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from North Dakota in January 1997.
An AAA-rated beach volleyball player, Garry spent the summer of 1997 touring professionally in Italy before joining the staff at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. She spent three seasons with the Gaels as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. While at SMC, Garry added a physical education teaching credential to her bachelor's degree in addition to coaching the Lamorinda Volleyball Club which qualified her 18's team for the Junior Olympics.
Garry moved to Southern California in 2000 to continue her beach volleyball career, competing in the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) and making her way into the top-20 rankings. She also competed with her playing partner Jamie Ivers in qualifying tournaments for Beach Volleyball America (BVA). Garry served as the top assistant at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., where she was a part of their 18th-straight state championship in addition to coaching a 14's team with the Golden West Volleyball Club.
Named head coach at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., in 2001, Garry left after one season to marry Kirby Garry, an assistant football coach at the University of South Dakota. Garry served as the assistant volleyball coach at South Dakota and helped lead the 2002 squad to a 16-win season, the most wins in 20 years for the USD program.
Garry came to WSU from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where she was the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for a Bengal's team that finished the 2003 season with 20 wins. It was the best season in a decade for the ISU volleyball program and earned the squad a third place finish in the Big Sky Conference. While in Pocatello, Garry coached in the USAV Intermountain Volleyball Association working camps and clinics, was the head coach for High Performance sand volleyball clinics, and served as the Co-Director for Idaho Club Vision.
Jody and Kirby Garry welcomed son Noah to the Cougar family April 6th, 2005.