Who is Jordan Thompson's husband, Blake Yager? Meet the pro volleyball player's family

Bruno Cooke July 27, 2021
Who is Jordan Thompson's husband, Blake Yager? Meet the pro volleyball player's family
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Jordan Thompson wowed commentators – and her Argentinian opponents – during her impressive Olympic volleyball debut. As such, audiences are keen to know more about her. So, what do we know about pro volleyball player Jordan Thompson’s husband, Blake Yager, and her parents and family?

Who is volleyball pro Jordan Thompson?

Born 1997 in Edina, Minnesota, Jordan Thompson is a professional volleyball player – she currently plays for the US women’s national volleyball team as a hitter. 

Before that, she played on the University of Cincinnati team for four years, from 2015 to 2019. However, volleyball wasn’t always her thing. Thompson started out playing basketball in middle school, but found that it wasn’t for her.

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Two years after making the switch, she landed her first NCAA Division I scholarship offer. Thompson has since played for Turkish club Eczacıbaşı VitrA, a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul, Turkey and, since 2019, the USA National Team.

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Is she married? Meet Jordan Thompson’s husband, Blake Yager

Yes. Thompson married Blake Yager in late spring of 2018, after an engagement period of four months.

It is not clear exactly when they met or started dating, but he proposed to her shortly before Christmas of 2017, in front of a man dressed as Father Christmas. They celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary on 28 April.

Volleyball hitter Jordan Thompson’s husband Blake is the defensive coordinator for the Boğaziçi Sultans, Turkey’s first American football team, based in Istanbul.

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From Fort Wayne, Indiana, Blake Yager is a former UC football player. Unfortunately, he could not join his wife at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to restrictions put in place to curb the spread of covid-19.

Who are her parents?

Jordan Thompson’s father, Tyrone Doleman, also had an athletic career, playing basketball for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 

He went on to play with the Harlem Globetrotters and for eight years played professionally overseas. 

Thompson’s uncle, meanwhile, was a professional American footballer. Chris Coleman died in 2020, following brain surgery for a condition later diagnosed as glioblastoma. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012.

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Her mother, Mary Thompson, and her brother, have not lived life under the spotlight in the same way as other members of the family. It is nevertheless clear, from Jordan’s social media posts, that they are close.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.