Former Bear River coach signs with Jessup |

Former Bear River coach signs with Jessup

ROCKLIN – Terry Stafford has guided girl’s volleyball teams from three different area high schools to section championships. But there won’t be a fourth run at a title, at least not at the prep level.

Stafford takes on a new challenge this fall at William Jessup University, where he has been named the women’s head coach. Challenges are nothing unusual for Stafford, who built premiere programs at the high school level at Golden Sierra, Bear River and Granite Bay. He has spent over three decades coaching high school athletes in various sports, with volleyball being his first choice and attention.

“Although I’ve really enjoyed coaching high school volleyball, I’m very excited about this change and getting the opportunity to lead a University program,” said Stafford, who lives in Auburn and will remain a faculty member at Granite Bay High. “With my faith and beliefs, a Christian setting like William Jessup will be a comfortable fit for me not only as a coach but as an individual.”

He succeeds Jessica Pistole at William Jessup and inherits eight returning players, and since has added five new recruits from both high school and Community College programs around Northern California. Stafford feels the contacts he has developed over the years have already been a major plus in recruiting.

Success arrived quickly after Stafford took over at Bear River High. The Bruins won league titles in six of his eight seasons, including the Section crown in 1999.

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