JENNIFER NANCE - Varsity Head Coach
Jennifer was born and raised in Northern California, where she played both high school and club volleyball. She continued her playing career at The University of Oklahoma on full scholarship as a middle blocker. While at OU, Jennifer held four different blocking records; she was also a member of the Academic All Big XII. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from The University of Oklahoma in 2006.
After graduation, Jennifer moved to Dallas and became the Head Volleyball Coach at Lakeview Centennial High School for 6 years. Nance led the Lady Patriots to the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. After that, she spent a year as the assistant varsity and JV coach at Lovejoy High School, where the JV team was the undefeated District Champions. Jennifer has coached club at Skyline Juniors, and is currently with Excel Volleyball Club.
This will be Jennifer's sixth year at Pearce. In 2014, the Mustangs made it to playoffs, losing in the Regional Final game to The Woodlands (who won state the following week). In 2015, the team made it to playoffs again, losing in the Regional Semi-Finals to The Woodlands. Pearce had continued their playoff run and has made it to the playoffs every year since Coach Nance has been at Pearce.
In December 2018 Jennifer and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their daughter
(and first grandchild of the family) Juliette. In her free time, she hangs out with Juliette, Jonathan and their dog, Jasper. They continue to travel as much as they can and are working on getting more stamps in Juliette’s passport!
SOMMER JOHNSON - Junior Varsity Coach
Sommer was born and raised in a small North Texas town, where she played high school and club volleyball and ran track. After graduating from Holliday School she went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Sports Sciences from Texas Tech University.
Johnson began her career teaching/ coaching career at North Junior in 2002, before moving onto JJ Pearce in 2004. She spent the next 11 years at Garland ISD, all teaching social studies and coaching volleyball and track. From 2012-2016 she was the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Rowlett High School. At Rowlett she led the Eagles to two volleyball district championships, with four playoff appearances. For the 2019-2020 seasons she will be coaching the junior varsity team.
Coach Johnson is very excited to be back working in the Pearce family that she has loved and supported for the last 18 years. Being a Mustang is a family affair. She is joined by her husband Marc (JJP Boys Basketball Coach for 18 years), sons Haden (junior at Abilene Christian University), Bryce (freshman at Abilene Christian University), and Tate (6th grader at Bowie Elementary).
TORI TURCK Freshman A Coach
Tori grew up in McKinney, Texas where she started playing volleyball at a young age. Tori played both high school and club volleyball. After graduating from McKinney Boyd, she attended the University of Texas in Austin where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
After graduating, Tori returned to the North Texas area where she began coaching at Summit. She joined the coaching staff at Pearce High School in 2018. Tori coaches the Freshman A volleyball team.
ZACHARY DICKEY Freshman B Coach
Zachary Dickey was born and raised in Wichita Falls, TX. He attended Midwestern State University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
After graduation, Zachary moved to Plano and began coaching and teaching at Pearce High School. This is his third year at Pearce, and he coaches freshman volleyball and JV girls’ basketball.