Jennifer comes to SLAM with 13 years of volleyball coaching experience. A true “Planoitte”, Jennifer was born and raised in Plano, attending all Plano ISD schools, kindergarten through high school. Upon graduating from Plano Senior High School, Jennifer attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Kinesiology and earning her All-Level teaching certification in Physical Education/Health. Due to a severe tear in her calf muscle during the summer of her senior year in high school, she was unable to fulfill her dream of playing volleyball in college. Therefore, becoming a coach was the next best thing.
Coach Ilgenfritz began her coaching career in 1999 at Denton High School, coaching volleyball, basketball, and track. Wanting to be closer to her family, Jennifer accepted a middle school coaching and teaching position the following year near Plano and has remained at the middle school level and close to home ever since.
Sports, athletics, and exercising have been a passion of Coach Ilgenfritz’s all her life. Soccer was her first passion, then she fell in love with softball, tennis, volleyball, swam with the City of Plano swim team (COPS), played basketball, weight lifting, boot camp, throwing the shot put and discus and then became a professional boxer and kick boxer. You could say that there wasn’t a sport she didn’t try and like. But, volleyball just stuck with her. Jennifer has had some incredible coaches in her life that have helped shape her into being the strong-minded and competitive-spirited person that she is today. Jennifer hopes she can motivate, inspire, and touch the lives of her athletes as her coaches did for her.
Coach Ilgenfritz believes that all students deserve a caring and compassionate coach who is considerate of their diverse needs, yet, holds them to high expectations and discipline. Mrs. Ilgenfritz believes that learning takes place best in a positive and safe environment that is filled with lots of hard work, determination, dedication, and lots of laughter. Coach Ilgenfritz is a faith-driven, family-first type of lady who enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, her sisters, nieces, nephews and brother-in-laws.