Jessica Dorrell, the University of Arkansas employee who was involved in the motorcycle accident with head football Coach Bobby Petrino, was a recent hire of the department, having been a standout volleyball player during her years as a student at the university.
Here is the March 28 announcement regarding her hiring, from the University of Arkansas Athletics Media Relations Office:
University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino announced Wednesday the hiring of Jessica Dorrell as Student-Athlete Development Coordinator.
“Jessica Dorrell will be a great addition to our football program,” said Coach Petrino. “As a former student-athlete she has an enthusiasm for the Razorbacks and is familiar with what the University of Arkansas can offer. She is extremely organized and has a professional approach, which should translate well into our program and recruiting as we continue to place an emphasis on this area.”
As Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, Dorrell will organize the recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility for each incoming student-athlete. She also will plan and organize all official and unofficial recruiting visits while assisting with the daily operations of the Razorback football program.
Dorrell, a former All-SEC performer for the Razorback volleyball team, joins the football program from the Razorback Foundation, where she served as assistant director for women’s athletics and was the first female member of the fundraising staff. In her role with the Razorback Foundation, Dorrell cultivated relationships with current and future members, mainly contributors to women’s athletics and men’s Olympic sports, and saw donations to women’s sports annual fund grow 26 percent and a 118-percent rise in men’s Olympic sports annual fund. She also oversaw the planning and execution of the Red Tie Salute to Excellence Event, which in three years raised a net profit of more than $100,000, and managed appearances at Razorback Clubs throughout the state.
Dorrell lettered in volleyball for the Razorbacks from 2004-07 and served as a team captain. She earned second-team All-SEC recognition and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in 2007 and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2004. One of only 15 members of Arkansas’ 1,000-kill club, Dorrell ranks eighth on the school’s all-time career kills list with 1,310. She was part of three NCAA Tournament teams and helped lead the 2005 team into the second round and a 21-12 overall record.
Dorrell graduated from Arkansas in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing. She completed her master’s in business administration at Arkansas in 2010.