Fox Point, WI
I started playing volleyball at age 12 and played competitively until my mid 30s. I played varsity volleyball for Whitefish Bay high school until graduation in 1985. I then played club volleyball for the University of Arizona in 1985 and 1986. Post college I continued to play in competitive leagues and tournaments.
I began coaching high school volleyball in 1990 when I was hired to be the freshmen girls volleyball coach at Nicolet High School. From 1992-1995 I was the varsity head girls coach at Whitefish Bay High School. In 1996 I was hired to be the varsity girls head coach at Nicolet High School where I am still coaching today. I have been a girls club volleyball coach for over 10 years.
I was also an assistant girls basketball coach at Nicolet from 1990-2005.
Accomplishments (Playing And Coaching):
In 1984 my high school team finished 2nd in the State tournament. In 1985 my club team took 4th place at Nationals. Over the years I have played on a variety of teams that have won grass, sand and indoor tournaments and leagues.
It is easy for me to say that I have been blessed many times over in my life. I have been married to my best friend, Kirsten, for 21 years and we have two amazing children, Alyx (16) and Max (13). I have been teaching at Nicolet for 27 years and have been the varsity girls volleyball coach since 1996. I was the co-advisor for Best Buddies for 10 years at Nicolet. In the past I have served as the Vice President and President of the Nicolet Teachers' Association and I am currently a member of the Fox Point-Bayside School Board.
Hobbies/In My Free Time I Like To:
When I am not teaching, coaching or directing 360 I love spending time with my family, golfing, watching movies, traveling to various Major League ball parks, and searching for great pizza.
I have a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona ('90) and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee ('98)
Why Do You Enjoy Coaching:
To me teaching and coaching are the same thing. I love both because they allow me to work with kids and help them reach their goals. In the classroom and in the gym there is something quite exhilarating to see a student or athlete work hard to reach a goal. Helping my kids develop a passion for learning and playing and build their resilience gives me a great sense of satisfaction. I love the challenges of competition and the opportunities winning and losing offer.
I started playing volleyball in 7th grade and didn’t know which position I liked. I then played all throughout high school as a setter. During high school I played for Wave volleyball for 3 years and went to nationals in Florida the summer going into junior year (2016) with wave. I then played for 360 volleyball academy my junior year of high school!
Starting at 360! But I have helped run camps throughout high school.
At nationals my team won our pool which was a really good experience, and it was also a really cool experience in high school to make it really far in sectionals and beat some really good teams!
I am an early childhood education major at UW Milwaukee. I plan to be a kindergarten teacher but I will be able to teach kindergarten-3rd grade. I can’t wait to see where teaching takes me!
In my free time, when I’m not studying, I spend a lot of my time with my friends and my family. When I do have free time, which isn’t often being a busy college student, I enjoy watching a good Netflix or Disney+ series, I love Criminal Minds, Vampire Diaries, or One Tree Hill.
Why Do You Enjoy Coaching:
I have always had a passion and enjoyed volleyball and I want to give players the best experience they can. It is important to give players a positive experience and to have someone to push them. I haven’t had the volleyball experience I wish I could say I have and that makes me want to give players the most memorable, positive, and fun experience they can have and want them to continue with volleyball.
What Would You Tell Your 14 Year Old Self About Playing Club Volleyball:
The biggest thing that I always did on teams was to create positive and good friendships with your team and make your whole team close right away. The closer your team is sooner, the better your season will be. Also, I hung out with all of my teammates outside of volleyball. This helps create a stronger friendship and get to know their friends. Making friendships outside of volleyball and meeting all of my teammates friends introduced me to a ton of other people that I am still friends with today. Being in club volleyball at this age will prepare you for high school and see what your age level is like.
Favorite Volleyball Memory:
Meeting some of my best friends that I will forever have because we played on the same team together. It really brings you together and helps you meet so many people!
Footloose or Grease (the old ones!)
Favorite Local Restaurant:
New Fortune (Chinese)
East Troy, WI
I began playing club volleyball at the age of 12 for East Troy Heat. I then played all the way through high school at East Troy as an outside hitter (Freshman & Sophomore years) and then a defensive specialist (Junior & Senior year). I continued my volleyball career and went to play at UW-Milwaukee as a defensive specialist, where I am currently playing in my senior season.
I have been coaching youth camps for East Troy Heat since I was a freshman in high school. I continued that all through my four years of high school and college. Once I started college, I also coached the high school clinics for East Troy, and all Youth and Team camps that have been run through UW-Milwaukee. I have one season of being an assistant club coach under my belt for 360, and have been coaching 360’s camps and “Advanced Training Program" (ATP) for the past 2 years.
Playing And Coaching Accomplishments:
In high school, I was awarded with 4-time All-Conference and 3-time All-State honors. I was a part of 4 conference titles and in my senior season we won state with a 44-0 record.
During my time at UW-MIlwaukee so far, I have earned All-Tournament Team honors.
I am pursuing a degree in Occupational Studies, to then lead to becoming an Occupational Therapist. I will graduate this spring (2018) with my Bachelors Degree and then work towards receiving my Masters Degree in 2020.
When I’m not in the gym or studying for school, I love to be outside, relax, and spend time with my family. Fishing and hiking/exploring are two things that will never get old to me. And as a college student still, I do enjoy the occasional Netflix binge of either Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, or Friends.
Why Do You Enjoy Coaching:
Volleyball has been a passion of mine since I was very young. I love the sport and I love the values it teaches: hard work, persistence, confidence, teamwork, etc. However, along with all of those values and the joy it brings me, I’ve always had a coach who has inspired me to be my best and do my best. Without that person always pushing, guiding, and encouraging me, I don’t know if I’d have the volleyball experience I’m grateful enough to say I’ve had. Being able to coach and be that mentor is a feeling you can’t beat. And I believe I can share that same passion and positivity that I was lucky enough to have with the young individuals that I am able to coach.