Duke University is well-known for its great success in men's and women's basketball, but thanks to coach Jolene Nagel, the former Panama Central School star, women's volleyball has now been put on the map.
In 2006 Nagel guided the Lady Blue Devils to a brilliant 29-4 record and a No. 22 spot in the final NCAA Division 1 Poll. Under Nagel's direction, the Lady Blue Devils advanced to the second round before losing in five games to San Diego at the University of Tennessee. She led Duke to a sensational 21-1 Atlantic Coast championship that set a league record for wins, breaking the 18 previously held by North Carolina and Maryland. The championship was the first for the Lady Blue Devils since 1994 and the 29 wins were the most under Nagel and the fourth most in the school's history. This was the fifth time that Nagel has taken Duke to the NCAA Division 1 Toumament. She won ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time and was the Tachikara/AVCA Division 1 East Region Coach of the Year with the other coming in 2000. Nagel has guided the Lady Blue Devils to at least 20 wins in six of the last seven seasons and earned her 300th career win coaching in 2004.