Volleyball coach Jay Jay Juan steps down at Ursuline

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Jay Jay Juan, Ursuline Academy
(Photo: Gregory Juan).

One of the very best, most accomplished volleyball coaches in Louisiana has stepped down from his most recent job.

Jay Jay Juan has announced that he is departing Ursuline Academy at the end of this school year after 12 years teaching physical science, environmental science and biology and serving as athletic director and head volleyball coach.

Juan coached at Mount Carmel Academy from 1995-2006, leading the Cubs to three state championships. Juan departed Mount Carmel after Hurricane Katrina as his wife had her job relocated.

Juan returned to New Orleans in 2009 to take over the Ursuline program.

In 12 years, Juan led the Lions to three state titles as well.

“I am moving on to other opportunities,” Juan said. “It was a great time at Ursuline with great young ladies who worked so hard to put the program on the map. In 2009, Marta Bott passed away and we were able to win a state title with the young ladies she had coached and that was so special. We have been able to raise substantial monies in her name. We had great kids won believed in the program, worked hard and succeeded.”

This past season, Ursuline reached the semifinals in Division III, falling to eventual state champion Archbishop Hannan in the semifinals.

A graduate of Archbishop Rummel and Tulane, Juan remains steadfast in serving young people in any capacity in the future.

“I am open to the possibilities of whatever opportunities present themselves,” Juan said.

I am writing to notify you of a change for next school year. Jay Jay Juan has informed us that he will not return as Director of Athletics for the 2021-2022 school year. Coach Juan will, however, continue to lead the athletic department through the remainder of this school year. We thank him for leading our Lions to the Academy’s first state volleyball championship in 2009 – with two more state championships following. Coach Juan received 365 wins in his twelve years with Ursuline and was recently inducted into the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame. We thank him for his leadership and devotion to the Academy.

As we continue to plan the 2021-2022 school year, we will be conducting a search for both a Director of Athletics and volleyball coach. Coach Juan has volunteered to assist us in finding a new coach so that we can prepare for tryouts this May. Through the search for a new director, we are confident that we will find the right person to join our family, lead Ursuline’s athletic program, and continue to carry forth our mission.

We appreciate your continued support and we promise to keep you updated. We would like to thank Coach Juan for his dedicated service to Ursuline Academy and we wish him well in his future plans.


Dr. Tracy Bonday
Head of High School

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