Jesse Ortiz joined the Michigan State volleyball staff in February 2017, and the noted defensive specialist will have a large role in helping the Spartans maintain their spot among the nation's elite.
In 2017, MSU averaged 14.93 digs per set, good for third in the Big Ten and was the program's highest average in the 25-point era. He helped mentor freshman libero Jamye Cox, who's 388 is the second-highest total for a freshman in program history. MSU boasted five players who boasted 2.22 or more digs per set, as Ortiz helped reinforce the importance of team defense.
Ortiz came to East Lansing after three years on the staff at Miami (Ohio), where he helped guide the RedHawks to a combined overall record of 66-26 (.717) and a 39-9 record in MAC play (.813). In 2016, Ortiz helped Miami post an overall record of 24-6 and finish first in the East division with a 15-1 record after back-to-back top-three finishes in 2014 and 2015. The RedHawks ranked in the top 40 nationally as a team in 2016 in winning percentage, (30th, .774), digs per set (33rd, 16.75) and hitting percentage (39th, .254), and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. His time in Oxford saw nine players earn post-season All-MAC distinction, and team members garnered Academic All-MAC honors 19 times.
Previously, Ortiz was an assistant coach at Ferris State for three seasons. While with the Bulldogs, he 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 his final 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 his alma mater, 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.
He earned his Bachelor's Degree in art studio from Sonoma State, and earned his Master's Degree in Design and Innovation Management while coaching at Ferris State.
Ortiz and his fiancee, Desirae, reside in East Lansing.