Tara Jehlen is in her 18th year as head volleyball coach at Monroe Community College, having amassed an overall record of 428-175. She is a five-time Region III Coach of the Year (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014) and led the 2015 Tribunes to a regional title and a program-best, fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Division III national tournament.
Jehlen's teams have participated in the Region III tournament every year since 2000, winning the regional tournament in 2006, 2014, and 2015. She picked up her 400th coaching victory on Sept. 26, 2015 against Niagara County Community College,
Jehlen is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she played volleyball on a full athletic scholarship and also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is in the Top 10 all time in assists in Panther history and led the team in that category in 1997 with 1,024. A two-time Big East Academic All-Star, she received conference Player of the Week honors in 1997. She has also won seven gold medals as a player at the Empire State Games.
Jehlen lives in North Chili with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters, Skylar and Avery.