U17 Head Coach - Heidy Salamone

Hometown:
Managua, Nicaragua

Playing Experience:
Played 13 years for the Nicaraguan National Volleyball team indoor and Beach Volleyball.

Coaching Experience:
I coached for the ANS (American Nicaraguan School), Moved to USA in 2010 and in 2011 started a new volleyball Club called Lighting Strikes, Coached for G-Force, Coached The Jr. Trojans and also coached the Jr. Red Knights. 

Playing/Coaching Accomplishments: 
Most Valuable Player International Tournament Costa Rica 1995. Best hitter National Team Youth Division Costa Rica 1999. Best Server International Tournament El Salvador 2002, Selected as The Best Volleyball Player in the country by the Sports Reporters Committee. I had the extraordinary honor to represent my country in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. I have won multiple open tournaments in Wisconsin (grass, indoor and sand). I also had also the opportunity to share some of my experience with Ben Peterson (Wrestling Olympic Champion) at his volleyball camp. 

Degree/Education:
I have a BA in Business Administration and currently I am working as a Medical Interpreter for a Hospital in Milwaukee. 

Personal: 
I am a very cheerful person, talkative, outgoing, energetic. I make friends wherever I go and I love laughing.

Why Do You Enjoy Coaching:
I love to see how through my experience, an athlete becomes a better player. I love sharing my knowledge about volleyball and how to use sports in your day-to-day life.

What Would You Tell Your 17 year-old Self About Playing Club Volleyball:
I would like them to know that, anytime they want they can reach out to me if there is any questions or doubts, I would like them to know, that I am there for the team, for them individually, so they can be better players. I am a coach that likes a loud and confident team, this is a two way communication relationship.

Favorite Volleyball Memory:
When I received the "Best Hitter" award in Costa Rica in 1999. All of the teams were having dinner and they started giving the individual awards, it was an extremely competitive tournament, the best players from 7 countries were there, and when they mentioned my name for the Best Hitter of the tournament, the first thing I did was to start crying and ran towards my coach and thanked him for the award, he just hugged me and told me that I had earned it. It was a very emotional moment, and it is still, as I am writing about it right now. 

Favorite Movie:
Forrest Gump

 


U17 Assistant Coach - Dani Blank

Hometown: 
Cedarburg, WI

Playing Experience: 
I began attending camps in 3rd grade and started playing in 5th.  I played all 4 years at Cedarburg High School, with 2 years at the varsity level.  I also have 6 years of club playing experience between Cedarburg Comets, G-force, and West Bend Power.  

Coaching Experience: 
I spent 2 seasons as the assistant coach for WI Ice 15-Purple.  I was also the JV coach and Varsity assistant for Living Word Lutheran this past season.  In addition, I have worked as a high school/club volleyball official and college volleyball line judge.

Playing/Coaching Accomplishments: 
I hold the Cedarburg High School record for most aces in one season (83).

Degree/Education: 
I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May with a BS in Chemistry/Natural Science-Physical Science for teacher certification.  I also have Firefighter/EMT training and plan to begin a paramedic program this January.

Personal: 
I currently work as a Firefighter/EMT for Grafton.  In my free time, I enjoy various forms of outdoor recreation.  I spent 3 summers as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters and also hold Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Water Safety certifications.

Why Do You Enjoy cCoaching: 
I enjoy coaching because it encompasses many of the things I loved about teaching.  I appreciate the ability to build positive relationships with athletes and help them achieve their goals on and off the court.  Coaching is also a means for me to stay connected to the sport I love.

What Would You Tell Your 17 year-old Self About Playing Club Volleyball: 
Work hard, have fun and make the most of your remaining club volleyball experience!

Favorite Volleyball Memory: 
My last club tournament ended with a highly competitive match against many former teammates.  My team ended up winning the third set 18-16.

Favorite Movie: 
Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Local Restaurant: 
Carrabba's