Head Coach - 162 Blaze
My coaching philosophy is to challenge athletes and teach them to play with fear, no matter the circumstance. As I work with athletes to develop more complex skills, I constantly encourage them to keep working on them. Mistakes are part of the learning process and should not be a deterrence from getting better. The key is how one responds to mistakes and continue to improve at the new skill.
A phrase I often use during practice and matches is “Play to win!”. This not necessarily meant to be “winning is everything”, but rather that you give 110% and leave it all on the court. At younger ages, this means that teams will have varying degrees of success as they are aggressive and trying new things on the court. In the long run, players will develop and advance at a faster rate. Encouraging athletes to work on advanced strategies and concepts in practice will provide a better foundation for problem solving on the court in future matches.
Another important aspect of my coaching philosophy is having athletes mentor/coach younger athletes. A couple of benefits to this are:
1. Mentoring/coaching those who are younger than you will help you develop a greater understanding of the sport. Teaching skills to other athletes requires you to have and/or develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals.
2. It fosters camaraderie between athletes and gives younger athletes peers to look up to.
With this philosophy I hope to develop athletes who love the sport of volleyball and who aspire to become coaches later in their careers – passing the love of the sport on to future generations (a couple of which are coaches at Inferno currently!).
- Inaugural AVCA Minority Coach Award Recipient (2015)
- 2015 AVCA Convention Attendee & NCAA Youth Clinic Coach
- IMPACT Certified
- Badger Region High Performance Tryout Evaluator
- Head Coach (2017 Season)
- Assistant Coach (2012-2016 Seasons)
- Two-time NJCAA DIII National Champions (2013 and 2014)
- NJCAA DIII 3rd Place Finish (2015)
- Three-time NJCAA DIII Region IV Champions (2013, 2014 and 2015)
- NJCAA DIII Region IV Runners-Up (2016 and 2017)
- Four-time North Central Community College Conference Champions (2012-2015)
- Coached six First Team All-Americans; one Second Team All-American; one Honorable Mention All-American
- 2013 National Champions
- 2014 National Champions
Wisconsin Performance Volleyball Club
- Head Coach (2013-2017, 2019)
2017 Key Results (18-1s)
- 17/18s Division: JVA Wisconsin Cup League Champs (Gold bracket)
- 18 Club: 3rd out of 15 at JVA Milwaukee Jamboree (Gold bracket)
- 18 Club: 9th out of 60 at JVA World Challenge (Gold bracket)
2016 Key Results (16-1s)
- 16 Club: 9th out of 44 at Badger Region Championships
- 16 Club: 17th out of 45 at JVA World Challenge (2nd place in bronze bracket)
Acers Volleyball Club – Head Coach (2008-2012)
Appleton Excel Volleyball Club – Head Coach (2004-2007)
Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) – 2003-2007
• 5th all-time in blocks
• 9th all-time in hitting percentage
Columbus East High School (Columbus, IN) – 1999-2003
• All Conference Honorable Mention as a Middle Blocker (2001)
• Academic All-State Honorable Mention (2002)
Circle City Volleyball Club (Indianapolis, IN) – 1999-2003