Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball Coaches
Tammie Jimenez is head volleyball coach. Coach Jimenez had been a four-year assistant coach on the Midland College volleyball staff and was well-positioned to continue the advances of the program. She becomes the third coach in the nine-year history of MC volleyball succeeding Erica Elder and Kimberly Boone-Weaver.
Tammie Jimenez is a native of Alpine, TX (Alpine High School) where she excelled both academically and athletically. Jimenez earned All-District, All-Permian Basin and All-West Texas volleyball honors. She was also named to the All-District All-Academic team as a junior and senior at AHS.
Following her high school graduation, Jimenez played one season at Frank Phillips College (Borger, TX). She departed FPC and enrolled at St. Mary's University (TX) where she earned a Bachelor of Information Systems Management degree in 2003. Coach Jimenez also earned a Masters of Human Resources Management degree from the Uinversity of Phoenix in 2008.
Jimenez joined Midland College in 2004-2005 as the Benefits Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. She became the first, full-time assistant volleyball coach in 2007 under, then first-year coach, Kimberly Boone-Weaver. As a member of the volleyball staff, Jimenez helped attract many outstanding student-athletes to the MC Campus. Her ability to recruit west Texas talent as well as internationally helped guide the Lady Chap volleyball team to a 112-49 record, including an impressive 35-7 record in 2010. Eight of the 13 member s fo this year's team are Permian Basin area products (Midland (2), Odessa (2), Monahans (1), Wink (1), Pecos (1) and Marfa (1)).
During the 2010 season Midland College won a share of the WJCAC title and won the NJCAA Region V West Championship outright. The Regional title qualified the Lady Chaparrals for the 2010 NJCAA Women's Division I Volleyball National Championship Tournament last November. Midland College went 2-2 and finished in 10th place at the National Tournament, marking the second such trip to nationals and the program's first-ever wins at the event.
"After looking at a great slate of applicants, we believe that Coach Jimenez is well-positioned to continue the strong growth of the Midland College volleyball program. She has been a wonderful and hard-working member of our staff and an integral component in the program's success over the past four years," said Forrest Allen, Midland College's Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see her evolve as a young coach and it will be very interesting to watch her continue moving the program forward," said Allen.
Former Midland College standout, Kristina Gafford, was named assistant volleyball coach in May of 2018, joining the staff of her former head coach, Tammie Jimenez.
Gafford is a native of Wolfforth, Texas where she distinguished herself on the volleyball court. She was a three-year letter winner at Frenship High School and was a two-time All-City and was named to the All-District team in her senior year. As a player for the Tigers, Gafford led the volleyball team to a District title as well as three UIL 6A Region I Tournament appearances.
After graduating from FHS, Gafford joined the Midland College Lady Chap volleyball team where she played two years for Jimenez. Kristina was a record breaking setter and a two-year starter for the Lady Chaps. In her freshman season Gafford recorded 535 total assists. She also earned All-WJCAC recognition in her first year with the Lady Chaps.
As a sophomore Gafford set a school record for assists with 830. She led the Lady Chaps to two NJCAA Region V West Tournaments during her time at MC. Once again she was named to the All-WJCAC team.
Gafford earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Midland College in 2014. She transferred to Texas Wesleyan University (NAIA) to continue her academic and athletic pursuits, playing for Kimberly Weaver. Weaver is a former Midland College head coach.
Gafford again distinguished herself on the court, as well as, in the classroom at TWU. She ranks 5th all-time in TWU Ram program history in assists with 1,785, including recording 61 assists in a single match in 2015. Those 61 assists places her in 4th all-time in the Rams record books.
Kristina earned her way on to several prestigious lists during her two seasons in Fort Worth including, the NAIA All-Region team, SAC Setter of the Year, First Team All-SAC, Texas Wesleyan Coach’s Award and was selected three times as the SAC Setter of the Week.
Academically she was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (twice) and the TWU Dean’s List in 2016. Gafford earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Texas Wesleyan University in 2017 and has worked as a student-assistant and full-time assistant coach with the Ram volleyball team.