Jen Malcom returned to Iowa State in a coaching capacity as assistant coach in February 2016 and will begin her third season in 2018. Malcom, who played for ISU from 2006-08, previously coached at Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Arkansas State.
Coaching the Iowa State middle blockers, Malcom has been critical in the development of Grace Lazard into a two-way force and an All-Big 12 middle. Lazard posted 2.41 kills per set at a .279 hitting percentage in 2017, while leading ISU with 121 blocks. Malcom was also responsible for helping transition Avery Rhodes into the starting lineup right before Big 12 play, helping Rhodes to second in the Big 12 at 1.28 blocks per set, and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors.
A native of Schaller, Iowa, Malcom started her collegiate career at Syracuse for two seasons, before transferring to Iowa State. In her two years, Malcom helped guide ISU volleyball to then-unprecedented heights, helping lead Iowa State to its first Sweet 16 in 2007 and first Elite Eight in 2008. She was a key cog in that revolution, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and AVCA All-Central Region in 2008.