Jill Lerno was born in Imperial Valley and has been involved in sports in the Valley all her life.
She is a major sports figure in Imperial Valley—first as 3 sport star at Central High School and then as a Softball and Volleyball Star at IVC. She remains the only female athlete to ever be elected for an All-State team.
She is the longest serving female coach at IVC—currently this is her 23rd year!! Her coaching career has been extensive in the Imperial Valley. She began her career at Imperial Valley College coaching the women’s volleyball team in 1995 and assisting in softball that same year. Jill has now been the head softball coach since 1996. As she coached two sports teams she was also raising 4 daughters --all of them have participated in Imperial Valley sport teams
Jill has given countless hours to the community. She has been the Club leader for sports clubs. She works with kids of all ages coordinating and running volleyball and softball camps. She is currently coaching the Aces Volleyball Club in Imperial. For the last three years, she has also been coaching the Imperial High School freshman and JV volleyball team.
Jill’s love for playing and coaching volleyball and softball has led to all four of her daughters playing 3 sports throughout their high school and college years. They are carrying on her love of sports. As Jill played softball and volleyball in high school at Central Union, she maintained a jersey with the number 12 and interestingly all four of her daughters maintained the number 12 jersey throughout their sports careers as well.
Her oldest daughter Melissa received a softball scholarship to Cal State University San Marcos, received her BS in Physical Education and her Master’s Degree in Education. Melissa is currently coaching softball and teaching at Calipatria High School. She also is the current pitching coach for IVC softball.
Her youngest daughter Maci also received a volleyball scholarship and is in her final year at Cumberland University in Tennessee where she finished her first season with All Conference honors and racking up 491 kills.
Her daughter Megan received a softball scholarship at Arizona Western College after high school graduation. She then played her second season at IVC in which she received 1st Team All-Conference for volleyball and 1st Team All-Conference in softball
Lastly, Jill’s daughter Mallorie is currently a military spouse and stay-at-home mom of two boys Braiden and Brant Davis. Jill is a proud grandmother of 3, Braiden Davis 6, Brant Davis 3 and Camden Clint Snyder 4 months.
It is notable to mention that Jill received a 3 year varsity letterman for volleyball, 4 year letterman for softball and 2 year varsity letterman for basketball during her high school years. In college at IVC, Jill received awards such as, 1st Team All-Conference for playing volleyball in 1983 and 1st Team All- Conference for softball in 1983 and 1984. She also received 1st Team All-State for softball in 1984. Jill has been the only female athlete here at IVC to have received the All-State honors. Jill received a full scholarship to University Nevada Las Vegas after her two years here at IVC. Jill also received ‘Coach of the Year’ award from the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2001.