Highland Scotties Volleyball Coach Jon Bingesser Named to AVCA “Thirty Under 30” Coaches List


The Highland Community College volleyball team enjoyed an historic year that included their first KJCCC title since 1996 as they captured a share of the KJCCC East title after finishing 34-3 on the year and 9-1 mark in KJCCC play.

Head Coach, Jon Bingesser who just wrapped up his fourth year leading the Scotties has steadily increased the Scotties win total over his four seasons and turned the program into a top tier KJCCC team and top team in the Nation as the Scotties held their highest ranking in school history at #3 in the Nation last year.

For all his success Bingesser has been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as part of the Thirty Under 30 award which recognizes up-and-coming volleyball coaches 30 years old and under in the sports at all levels of the game. Jon is the only NJCAA Coach to be recognized on this year’s list.

“Receiving this award is a great honor for me because it represents the hard work and dedication that has been put in to the last ten years of my volleyball coaching career. It also says a lot about the people who have surrounded me over that course and the support system that I have been fortunate enough to have,” said Bingesser.

Bingesser after leading Scotties to a 34-3 record this past season and KJCCC East title earned KJCCC “Coach of the Year” honors in the East Division and had his team host Districts for the second straight year. During his four years as Head Coach at Highland Jon as amassed a record of 108-42 surpassing 100 wins this past season when the Scotties beat Rochester Community Technical College at the DMACC Tournament.

Jon has totaled a 41-10 record at home and 25-12 mark in Conference play, while having 12 players earn All-Conference honors, one KJCCC “Player of the Year”, 13 All-Region players and two All-American’s during his four years. He has sent 12 players to four-year universities during his time at Highland.

Bingesser has had sports in his life for a long time growing up with a family of coaches and former collegiate athletes and he developed a love for the sport of volleyball mostly because of its fast-paced nature and intensity level. Jon got his start coaching in Arma, Kansas at Northeast High School and then served as a Head Coach at Hoisington high school and with several club teams before taking over at Highland. While coaching at the varsity high school level he totaled over 100 wins, won two Conference championships, two sub-state championships and took fourth place at State in 2013 at Hoisington in the 3A State tournament.

“The opportunity that Highland has given me has be hugely impactful in my life and has helped me earn recognition at the National level from the AVCA, while making me a better coach. The support system has been phenomenal at Highland and allowed me to not only impact the program and take it to the heights that we’ve achieved over the past four years but also push me to become an even better coach and grow in the sport I love. I look forward to what the future has in store for my coaching career at Highland and beyond and hope to continue to the Highland program to new heights in the years to come,” said Bingesser when asked about how being Head Coach at Highland has impacted his life.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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