|Previous College:||Pacific, '10|
Jason Borchin will enter his sixth season on Sacramento
State’s coaching staff in 2014, and fifth as a full-time
Borchin, who played for the Hornets in 2006 and 2007, took over for longtime assistant Weidi Zhang, who retired in May of 2010. In addition, Borchin serves as co-head coach of the Hornets’ sand volleyball squad which boasts three wins over Cal during its first two years as a program. Prior to his appointment to full-time assistant in 2010, Borchin served one year on the Hornets’ staff as a volunteer assistant in 2007.
During his four seasons as an assistant coach, the Hornets have had at least three Big Sky all-academic selections each year and a combined 16 over that span. Of the squad’s six returning student-athletes in 2014, five currently have overall grade point averages of at least 3.175.
Impressively, of the 15 student-athletes that have expired their eligibility during Borchin’s tenure as assistant coach, 12 have graduated and three more are on pace to graduate during the 2014-15 academic year.
Over the last few years, Borchin has been part of a coaching staff that has seen the Hornets play well both offensively and defensively. For instance, last season, Sacramento State’s hitting percentage tied for the program’s second best mark in 17 years and all six starters hit better than .210. Prior to that, the 2011 and 2012 squads both finished 13th in the nation in blocks while the 2011 team was the only program in the country to rank among the nation’s top 35 squads in both digs per set (9th) and blocks per set (13th).
Also during that 2011 season, Sacramento State went 17-15 overall, including a 10-6 record and third place finish in the conference. The Hornets ranked among the top half of all Div. I teams in the final RPI report, and three Hornets received all-conference accolades. The team concluded the year by winning 12 of its final 18 matches, including a six-match winning streak from Sept. 24-Oct. 8, the longest since the 2007 season.
During his first season on the staff in 2010, the Hornets played without projected starters at setter and middle hitter all season. In addition, the roster averaged just 19 years of age and the team started four underclassmen in nearly every match. Despite the injuries, youth and relative inexperience, Sacramento State placed three players on the all-conference team, won 15 matches, and completed the season with a 10-3 record at home.
A graduate of Oakmont High School and a native of Roseville, Borchin has 10 years of coaching experience, including numerous stops at the intercollegiate, high school and club levels. That includes his time as a volunteer assistant with the Hornet women’s team in 2007, when the squad went 29-8 while reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament and winning both the Big Sky Conference’s regular season and tournament titles.
Borchin has coached club volleyball each of the last nine years. In fact, he was the head coach for the Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC) Girls 18s team that placed fifth at the 2013 Junior Nationals in Dallas, Texas. At the 2012 Junior Nationals in Ohio, he coached the NCVC Girls 17s team to an 18th place finish. His club head coaching experience began in 2005-06 with the High Impact Girls 14s team.
As a player at Sacramento State, Borchin earned first team all-league honors and was the named the Hornets’ team MVP during his first season in 2006, and was a second team all-league selection in 2007.
He then transferred to Pacific where he played in 86 matches over three seasons (2008-10). He was among the team’s top five players in kills every season, and finished his career with totals of 611 kills, 423 digs, 142 blocks and 59 aces.
Borchin graduated from Pacific in May of 2010 with a degree in sports sciences.