OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head volleyball coach Carolyn Condit announced the hiring of Jesse Ortiz as a new assistant coach on Friday. Ortiz comes to Miami from Ferris State, where he spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach.

"Jesse came highly recommended and was impressive from our very first conversation,” said Condit. “His technical experience and game knowledge, combined with his staunch work ethic and proven ability to train athletes make him a perfect fit for our position at this time. I have every confidence Jesse will add to the chemistry of our staff, and help us drive our team back to the top of the conference."

While with the Bulldogs, Ortiz served as the team’s defensive coordinator, and helped train three All-Americans, six All-Region and 15 All-GLIAC student-athletes. He helped Ferris State to a top 25 ranking and an NCAA Tournament appearance in each of the past three years, culminating in a Midwest Regional Championship and NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

Prior to his time at Ferris State, Ortiz spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Sonoma State. While there he helped the Seawolves to a 76-39 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-10. Sonoma State was ranked in the top 25 during each of Ortiz’s final three seasons and he helped train three All-Americans and eight All-CCAA student-athletes.

Ortiz also was Sonoma State’s men’s club team coach from 2004-09, where he led the program to three National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) finalist spots from 2007-09.

“I am very honored and excited to join the RedHawks’ athletic family and the volleyball program,” said Ortiz. “This is an amazing opportunity afforded to me by Coach Condit and Miami University. I feel truly blessed to live in beautiful Ohio, join the community of Oxford and work for one of the very best academic and athletic institutions in the country. I am looking forward to the upcoming season!”

Ortiz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in art studio from Sonoma State. He will be receiving his Master’s Degree in Design and Innovation Management from Ferris State this summer.