Coaching Staff

Alejandro Aguirre

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (815) 546-5220

Email: Click Here

Playing Background:

During my collegiate experience, I committed to play for St. Ambrose University, which is an NAIA program located in Davenport, Iowa. I transferred out of St. Ambrose University my second semester of my freshman year to Lewis University. I started as a student coach for Lorelee Smith, and then got promoted as the Assistant Coach in 2012.

Coaching Background:

2014 Season: Developed four All-GLVC honors, two AVCA All-Midwest Region honors, one AVCA All-America honorable mention, and one Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team. Earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Advanced to the Conference Champion Tournament for the eight consecutive season, Overall season record 22-8, and 14-4 in the GLVC conference.

2013 Season: Developed one GLVC Player of the Year, 3 All-GLVC honors, two AVCA All-Region Team, one AVCA All-America Second Team, one Daktronics All-Midwest Region Team. Received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Advanced to the Conference Championship Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, losing in the semifinals. NCAA Regional Appearance for the seventh consecutive season. Overall season record of 24-10, and 16-2 in the GLVC conference.

2012 Season: Developed four All-GLVC Honors, one Capital One Academic All-America second team, two AVCA All-America Honors, one NCAA DII Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team, two Daktronics All-Midwest Region Team, and three AVCA All-Region Honors. Back-back-back Regular Season Title Champs, advancing to the Conference Championship Tournament for the sixth consecutive season, NCAA Regional Appearance for the sixth consecutive season. Overall record 26-11 and 15-3 in the GLVC conference.

2011 Season: Trained four All-GLVC Honors, three AVCA All-Region, and two AVCA All-America Honors. Earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Repeat as Regular Season Title Champs, Conference Championship Tournament runner-up, NCAA Regional appearance. Overall season record 25-7 and 15-3 in the GLVC conference.

2010 Season: Trained one GLVC Player of the Year, four All-GLVC Honors, two Daktronics All-Midwest Region Team, one GLVC Scholar-Athlete, and two AVCA All-America Honors.  Earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Regular Season Title Champs, Conference Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional appearance, advancing to the second round. Overall season record 27-5 and 13-1 in the GLVC conference.

Personal Information:

I recently moved to Chicago back in April to take on a new job role in my major in Marketing. I enjoy running, playing sand volleyball, and hiking. I love hanging out with my friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling around the world. 

Brittney Aldridge

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (847) 708-6858

Email: Click Here

Playing Background: 

Brittney's volleyball career began her freshman year of high school, when friends and family gently opened her eyes to the fact that she was growing much too tall for cheerleading.  After a successful first season, she began playing club volleyball with Club Fusion in Marengo, Illinois, and greatly developed as a player. Her club team went on to win national tournaments and she herself, All American honors. She received a full scholarship to Northwestern University, where she started all 4 years. Brittney concluded career ranked third in the school's history with a .284 hitting percentage and 409 block assists. She also ranks fifth all-time at NU with 465 total blocks. In 2007, she was named Northwestern's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

Coaching Background:

Brittney started her coaching career after college at her alma mater, Club Fusion. She coached 17's and 18's teams before transitioning to a freshman level high school team.  Upon moving to Chicago, Brittney began coaching with Wildcat Juniors and her former Club Fusion teammate / setter, Natalie Moore.

Personal Background:

Brittney lives and works downtown and continues to play volleyball. She enjoys travelling, spending time with family & friends, and long walks on the beach (seriously).

Toni Alford

Toni Alford

Title: Lead Trainer, Head Coach

Phone: (773) 505-9270

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Playing Experience:

Toni spent the first fourteen years of her life in New Orleans, Louisiana where she started playing volleyball at 9 years old. She played on the High School JV team at 12 years old (that's how small her school was). She moved to Evanston at 15 years old (culture shock) and played for Evanston Township High School where she was all-conference 3 years in a row. She played on the first ever Sports Performance 18 Elite Club Volleyball Team and received a full-scholarship to play at Northwestern University. Toni played at Northwestern from 1982-1985. Her team won the Big Ten Championship two years in a row and made the NCAA tournament all four years. Toni is a member of the Northwestern Women's Volleyball Board.

Coaching Experience:

This year is Toni's 8th season coaching at Wildcat Juniors. She has coached the 12s, 14s, 15s and 18s. This will be her third season as the 12 Black head coach.

Personal Information:

Toni lives in Evanston, is married and has two kids in college (lucky her). While enjoying her empty nest she keeps herself busy coaching, training for triathlons and rowing in regattas. Toni was an athlete for Team USA at the 2014 Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada and finished 24th in the World. Toni is passionate about teaching young people how to play volleyball and is excited for another great season!

Casey Anderson

Title: Asstiant Coach

Playing experience:

Casey played at Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, CA, and at Santa Monica Beach Club. During her high school years, she was captain and MVP for two year.  After high school, Casey went on to play club volleyball at Loyola University Chicago where she was captain and secretary for the team.  She currently plays pick up games for fun. 

Coaching experience:

Casey started coaching for Sacred Heart in Chicago as a sophomore in college.  She joined the Wildcat team in 2013 as an assistant coach for 15 Purple.  After taking a year off from coaching she is back assistant coaching for 13 Black. 

Personal background:

Casey graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelors degree in Psychology.  Casey went through an alternative teaching program last year where she earned her Masters in Teaching from National Louis University.  She currently teaches in a Title 1 School in Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago.  Casey currently lives in Lakeview and loves to take long walks, runs, and do yoga. 

Shawn Baldwin

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (847) 790-6277

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Bio coming soon!

Craig Boller

Craig Boller

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (630) 386-5858

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The former Blue Demon volunteer assistant returns to DePaul after stints at Michigan and Delaware, and will be charged with working with the team’s setters, as well as pin attackers and blockers. “Craig started his career here, and since he left he was part of a staff that went to the Final Four at Michigan,” said head coach Nadia Edwards, who enters her fifth season in 2014. “With my program and Michigan’s program, Craig was in charge of blocking and helped Michigan move up in the Big Ten in blocking statistics – from the bottom to the top. That’s something he brings to the table here, but he’s also worked with setters and a host of other positions. He’s gained a wealth of knowledge in his time away from Depaul, and we’re really excited to have him back.” He joined Delaware’s staff in April of 2013 and has been recognized as a rising star in the coaching ranks, as he was awarded the AVCA’s 30 Under 30 Award last year. He came to the Blue Hens after serving two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan, which made school history as a 2012 Final Four participant. During his time with the Wolverines, Boller was instrumental with the team’s front-row play and coached AVCA All-American, All-Big Ten selection and single-season block record holder Jennifer Cross, who posted 181 blocks in 2012.  He also served as the team’s scouting coordinator. Before leaving DePaul for Michigan, Boller trained Blue Demon outside hitters and passers for a season after wrapping up his collegiate career at Lewis University in nearby Romeoville, Ill.

As a Flyer, Boller was a two-time MIVA Academic All-Conference selection while also earning the Lewis Delahanty Award for academic excellence among student-athletes as a senior. Boller graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and 2010 with a master’s in business administration.

Dan Fabry

Dan Fabry

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (847) 421-5402

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Playing Background:

Last season, Park Ridge, IL native played for the University of East London while completing his Masters in Sports Management.  His team took silver in the Volleyball England student cup and bronze in the BUCS (British NCAA) Premier Division. Fabry played for the London Lynx in Super 8s volleyball league, which is the top pro/semi-pro league in England.  Fabry also played professional in Sweden for the Tierp Volleyball Club.  During his time in Sweden, he helped Tierp to two of its best finishes since 2005 in the Swedish Elite Series and back-to-back appearances in the Swedish Grand Prix.

Fabry was a four-time NCAA scholar athlete at Long Beach State. The 49ers were consistently ranked in the top five nationally during his tenure on the court. He attended Maine South High School, where in 2005 he was named first-team All-State by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times and was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine.

Fabry was a member of the USA Youth National Volleyball Team in 2004 and 2005 and the USA Junior National team in 2006.

Coaching Background:

Dan Fabry served on the Northwestern staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2012 campaign. This will be Dan's 2nd year with Wildcat Jrs, last season as the assistant coach to 14 Black. Prior to joining the NU staff, Dan worked with Adversity volleyball in their boys program.

Personal Information

Dan currently lives in Park Ridge. He graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in journalism in 2009.

Elyse Glab

Elyse Glab

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (773) 425-6044

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Playing Background

During high school, Elyse was a four year starter for Resurrection varsity team and a four year GCAC All-Conference selection, being named Player of the Year her senior season.  She played club volleyball for seven years for Sports Performance.  Her team won the 2007 Junior Olympics 18-Open National Championship and the AAU title.  In 2006, her team took fifth at the USAV 18 Club Nationals and the AAU Nationals.  Elyse earned All-Tournament team honors at the AAU 18s and the USAV 18-Club tournaments and took home the Sports Performance Spirit Award that year.  She was selected as one of the nation's top 50 recruits by prepvolleyball.com.

Elyse was a 4-year starter at Northwestern, finishing her career 2nd in career assists. Her 1,196 assists is the eighth best single-season performance in program history. After her time at NU, she went on to play in the top professional league in France: Ligue A Féminine for Terville-Florange Olympique Club.

Coaching Background

Elyse is in her 7th season coaching at Wildcat Jrs, where she has coached with our 12's, 14's, 15's and 16's.  Elyse will be taking over the setter training for the 13's and 14's age groups and will be the head coach for 14 Black this season.

Personal Background

Elyse graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies.  After her time at NU, Elyse spent a year playing in the top professional league in France: Ligue A Féminine for Terville-Florange Olympique Club. Currently, Elyse resides in Chicago and works for Guerrero Howe Custom Media.

Eileen Herbers

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (414) 429-9194

Email: Click Here

Playing Background:

 

In high school, Eileen was the senior captain of New Berlin West High School Varsity Volleyball Team in New Berlin, WI. She received an all-conference honorary mention her junior year, and made the Second Team-All Division her senior year. She played 3 years at Southwest Volleyball Club in Milwaukee, WI as a middle hitter, and her team qualified for nationals each year. Today she’s a middle hitter for Northwestern’s Women’s club volleyball team.

 

Coaching Background: 

Eileen was a summer camp coach at New Berlin West’s Team Pineapple camp for girls volleyball ages 12-15. She also coached 4-10 year olds for Southwest Volleyball Camp for 2 years. This is Eileen’s first year coaching for Wildcat Juniors and she will be the head coach for the girls 16 White team this year.

Personal Info:

Eileen is a sophomore at Northwestern University, majoring in Applied math in the School of Engineering, while also receiving an engineering design certificate. She is also a member of the Northwestern Club Boxing Team, and part of the Society of Women Engineers.

Amanda Hogan

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (847) 480-7299

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Playing Experience:

Originally from Chicago, IL, Amanda played for Mother McAuley high school and Celtic Force VBC, Attack VBC, 2nd City VBC and Northwest Elite VBC.  In high school, she lettered twice. Her junior-year won regional and sectional championships en route to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association state championship, while her senior-year team also won regional and sectional titles, coached by Jen DeJarld. Also, she was a three-year member of the basketball team and awarded Girls Catholic Athletic Conference all-academic and honor student.  She attended Carthage College from 2007-2011 and was a member of the Varsity volleyball team. Was undefeated in the CCIW conference from 2007-2009, conference tournament champions from 2007-2010 and appeared in the D III regional tournament 2007-2010. Her senior year she was team captain and awarded Erin Calteux Most Inspirational Women’s Volleyball Player Recipient (2011).

Coaching Experience:

Amanda is going on her 6th year of coaching club volleyball.  In the past Amanda has coached for Celtic Force Volleyball Club and Kenosha Spirit Volleyball Club. In 2011 she was selected and attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which provides education on career development and potential career opportunities for nearly 300 student-athletes from Divisions I, II and II.   The 2013-2014 season was his third with Wildcat Jrs as an assistant with 16 Purple.

Personal Information:

Amanda currently lives in Chicago and works in Oak Brook.  Amanda majored in Exercise and Sports Science at Carthage College and received a certification in Coaching and a certification in Leadership. She was named to the Carthage College dean’s list five times and athletic director’s honor roll.  From 2008-2011 she was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and named secretary for the 2010-2011 school year.  Amanda has four older siblings Katie, Candice, Mary Kate and Jessica.

Brett Hogen

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (224) 257-2294

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Bio coming soon!

Kirstine Jensen

Kirstine Jensen

Title: Lead Trainer, Recruiting Liason, VolleyKITS, Head Coach

Phone: (815) 375-7501

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Playing Background
Kirstine grew up in Aurora, IL where she competed for Sports Performance Volleyball Club and West Aurora High School. She was a four year varsity letter winner and five time USA Volleyball All-American as an outside and middle hitter. Kirstine went on to accept a full scholarship to play for Ohio State University (1992-1995) and legendary coach Jim Stone. In 1994, Kirstine helped lead OSU to the NCAA Final Four and a Big Ten title. Her career hitting percentage ranks in the top 20 of Buckeye record books. Kirstine completed her degree in speech and hearing sciences, graduating magna cum laude. Kirstine played both outside and right side hitter and was also a four-time scholar athlete for the Buckeyes.

Coaching Background
Kirstine entered the collegiate coaching ranks sixteen years ago as an assistant coach at Ohio university where she helped the program to its first ever MAC East Championship in 2000. Between 2002-2005, Kirstine served as an assistant coach at Florida State University where she recruited Wildcat Jrs. Program Director, Cassie Rose! Following FSU, Kirstine returned to her Illinois roots where she spent three seasons as the assistant at Northern Illinois University and was promoted to the associate head coach in 2008. Kirstine headed to Evanston in 2009 as the assistant coach at Northwestern University where she helped lead the Wildcats to their 2nd round NCAA tournament appearance in 2010 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2015. Under Kirstine’s tutelage she has coach seven AVCA All-Americans and one AVCA Regional Freshman of the Year.  

Personal Background
Kirstine and her husband Tim have a young son, Jaxen (2.5 years) and live in Skokie, IL.

Evelyn Kim

Evelyn Kim

Title: Lead Trainer, Head Coach

Phone: (224) 578-1839

Email: Click Here

Playing Experience:
Evelyn started playing vollyeball when she was 11years old in Korea.
5 years-Attended Seoul, Korea Athletic Junior and High School, trained by a former Olympic setter, Jung Hye YU (1976 Montreal Olympics).
1 year-Artesia High School in California.
2 years-Cerritos College in California.
              All conference team, MVP in college, etc (insert other awards that Evelyn claims she cannot remember! )
2 years-Illinois State University
              NCAA DIV I. Ranked 12th
              All Conference Team
              Gate Way Conference Champions
              Texas A&M Tourney Champions
              Redbird Classic Champions
6 years-Chicago Women's Korea Olympic Volleyball Team
4 years-USAV Women Open Division
10 years-USAV Women AA/A Division

 

Coaching Experience:

This is Evelyn's 4th year coaching with Wildcat Jrs. Evelyn has coached 15's and 16's. This will be her first year with the 18's and 13's age groups! Prior to coming to Wildcat Jrs:
6 years-Sky High 16's JO head coach
6 years-Chicago Women's Korean Olympic Volleyball team
3 years-Illinois State University Assistant Graduate Coach
5 years-Illinois State University and University of Tennessee summer volleyball counselor
12 years- Private lessons with players Junior high through college players

 

Personal Background:
Evelyn was born in Korea raised in Seoul until she was 17 years old, when her family decided move to California.  Currently, she resides in Palatine, Illinois with her husband Sung K Yoo ( aka, SKY or Master Yoo, as he holds a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo.)  Both Evelyn and SKY went to Korea/ Seoul Athletic High School in Korea. They reunited 28 years later in the US and got married 6 years ago :). Currently, Evelyn is working as a teacher at St.Johnberchmans School in Chicago. Evelyn has been teaching for over 20 years.

Lexi Kleva

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (574) 229-9185

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Bio coming soon!

Grace Larson

Title: Assistant Coach

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Jaime Lee

Title: Head Coach

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Nick Limjoco

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (224) 730-5299

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Playing Experience:

Nick brings 14 years of playing experience to Wildcat Jrs. Nick played for four years at Niles West High School and also one year with Adversity South VBC. He served as co-captain to both his senior team at Niles West and 16U team at Adversity South. Nick has played every position. He was offered a scholarship to play for Robert Morris University (NAIA) in 2011. Nick still plays in competitive adult leagues/tournaments, USAV, and beach in the summer. 

Coaching Background:

With the help of Assistant Coach Hannah Crippen, Nick had a very successful first year with Wildcat Jrs. As the 14-Purple Head Coach, they had strong results such as finishing in the A bracket in the Great Lakes Power League and finishing 5th in the 42nd AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships Premier Division. Their setter, Allyson Gordon, was chosen as an All-American for her performance at AAU Nationals. She is the second player in the program to receive the honor after Taylor Tashima (2014). Nick also found success with the 17-Purple as the Assistant Coach for Erin Schroeder. The 17-Purple finished 5th in the Midwest JVA Challenge Club Division, 8th in the Mizuno SPVB National Junior Classic Club Division, and 17th in the 42nd AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships Club Division despite injuries. Nick is looking forward to his second season with Wildcat Jrs.

Nick has eight years of coaching experience that started once he graduated high school. He has experience working with players ranging from 10U-18U. Nick spent three seasons with Velocity VBC(2007-2010) before going to Energy VBC (2010-2014). During his four seasons with Energy VBC, he alternated as the head coach for the development teams and top teams each season. Many of his 14U players earned individual awards at tournaments and have played up on their respected high school teams, both on the JV and varsity teams as freshman. Nick ran clinics throughout the season, worked with individual players 10U-18U through private lessons, and ran summer camps. Nick was also the master coach for Kevin Hitt who was the camp director for Destinee Hooker's E.S.T. summer camp in 2013. Nick coached at Notre Dame College Prep (Notre Dame High School) for three seasons (2008-2010), serving as the Freshman B Assistant Coach his first year, Freshman A Head Coach his second (tied for conference champs), and Head JV Coach his third year. He is currently the Girls Volleyball Head Freshman Coach at Maine West High School and trains all of the setters in the program.

Personal Information:

Nick currently lives in Morton Grove. He has earned his Associates Degree from Oakton Community College and is in the process of becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant. Nick and his friends are also attempting to make a return to eSports.

Frankie Marfori

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (773) 706-8698

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Kelsey McCarty

Title: Assistant Coach

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Maxie Mottlowitz

Title: Head Coach

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Khanh Nguyen

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (312) 479-6336

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Ryan O'Malley

Ryan O'Malley

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (708) 476-6504

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Playing Background:

Ryan was born and raised in Oak Park, IL. Ryan learned the game of volleyball through his older brother, a local EVP Pro in the Chicagoland area. Ryan quickly fell in love with the sport, and soon enough was playing in his local park district team at the age of 10. In junior high and high school, Ryan was recognized as a natural born leader, and was nominated as team captain for every team he played for in high school and club. Ryan played at Sports Performance Volleyball Club starting his freshman year, where he was trained as a right side hitter. By his senior year of high school, Ryan was ranked Top-20 in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune.  

After high school, Ryan attended College Of DuPage, where he started the COD Men's Club Volleyball Team. Representing the club as the president, coach, and captain, Ryan lead the team to 3 consecutive NCVF national championships. After his playing success at COD, Ryan was offered an athletic scholarship to play Division I Men's Volleyball at Quincy University, where he played for the next 2 years.

Coaching Background:

Ryan is the head coach for the 14-White team this year. This will be Ryan's 3rd year coaching for Wildcat Juniors. Last year, Ryan was the assistant coach for the 15 Silver team. 

Personal Information:

Ryan lives in downtown Chicago. He works by day as an IT Consultant, and in his free time enjoys being outside, watching movies, and tinkering with computers. Ryan is also very active in the Chicagoland adult volleyball scene, playing year round in many indoor/beach leagues and tournaments throughout the city.

Cassie Petosky

Title: Lead Trainer, Head Coach

Phone: (734) 649-4420

Email: Click Here

Playing background:

Cassie started playing volleyball in Ann Arbor, Michigan when she was in 7th grade and immediately fell in love with the sport.  She was an Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Varsity Team starter her sophomore year on.  She earned the Coaches Award during her junior season and was named the MVP her sophomore and senior years.  She was a three-time All Conference player.

Cassie played college volleyball at the University of Michigan from 2006 through 2009.  During her time at Michigan the Wolverines had four NCAA Tournament Appearances, two Sweet Sixteen Appearances, and one Elite Eight Appearance, which was the best finish in program history.  Cassie was a three time Scholar Athlete for the University of Michigan.

Cassie has continued to play recreationally at two USAV Adult National Tournaments as well as locally in beach volleyball tournaments on North Ave.

Coaching background:

Cassie has been coaching volleyball since she was 18.  She started coaching for MJuniors Volleyball Club out of Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006, where she stayed for four seasons, coaching 14 through 18 and under teams.  She then started coaching for A2 Volleyball Club when the club was founded by the University of Michigan Head Volleyball Coach, Mark Rosen.  She coached the 18-1, 15-2, 16-1, and 14-1 teams while coaching for A2.

Cassie also coached the University of Michigan Men’s Club Team for one season from 2010-2011 before she went to pursue her Master’s in Social Work.  While earning her Master’s from the University of Michigan from 2011-2013, Cassie was the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Cassie’s first year coaching the program was also the first year that the high school had four full classes of students.  The Skyline Volleyball Team won their home tournament both years under her leadership.  They finished as the runner-up in their District during Cassie’s last season with the team.

In 2013, Cassie moved to Delaware where she was the Assistant Coach for the Goldey-Beacom College Women’s Volleyball Team.  Goldey-Beacom was a Division 2 school that competed in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.  Cassie also coached the 15-1 team at Club Delaware in the spring.

Cassie moved back to the Midwest in the summer of 2014.  She is the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the DePaul Women’s Volleyball Team as well as a Middle School Coach at Latin School of Chicago. Cassie coached the 17 Black team in 2015 during her first season with Wildcats.

Personal information:

Cassie lives in Lakeview with her boyfriend, Craig Boller.  She enjoys reading, walking along the lake, and playing recreational volleyball.

Jennifer Pfannerstill

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (715) 493-0374

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Playing Background:

Jen was a three-year varsity player in volleyball, basketball and softball in high school and continued playing all three sports at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, before transferring to Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

Coaching Background:

Jen began coaching JV volleyball, basketball and softball in Tomahawk, WI in 1997, before taking over the varsity volleyball program in 2000.  Over the course of 12 years, Jen accumulated over 400 match wins and the Hatchets were conference champions 5 times, regional champions 6 times and sectional champions 4 times. Jen was named Coach of the Year in the Lumberjack and Great Northern Conferences four times and was one 6 finalists in the 2012 Gannett Central Wisconsin Media Coach of the Year.  During her tenure as volleyball coach she led the Hatchets to the schools first four state tournament appearances, including a runner up finish in 2011. Several of Jen’s athletes have played and are currently playing collegiate volleyball.  Jen has a unique coaching tie to Northwestern University, as former NU head coach Jerry Angle coached with her in Tomahawk.

Jen also founded Northern Wisconsin Volleyball Club in 2004 and was club director and coached several club teams since its inception.  Jen also coached the Chips and Shavings (4-12 year olds) at Wisconsin Ice volleyball club.  Jen has been the assistant coach for the Wildcat Juniors 12 Black and 13 Black teams, is the head middle school volleyball at North Shore Country Day School and is an assistant coach for the North Shore Country Day School Varsity team.  

Personal Information:

Jen grew up in Eagle River, Wisconsin, the oldest of four girls and enjoyed spending time outdoors and on the water.  She taught and coached in Tomahawk, WI from 1996 until 2013.  Jen and her family moved to the North Shore in 2013 when Jen accepted a position as Biology Teacher and Scientist-in-Residence at North Shore Country Day School.  Jen also is a consultant for Educational Testing Service and the College Board. Jen is married to Noel and they have three daughters, Kali (14) and Meg (10) who are Wildcat Juniors, and Haidyn (6), who is an avid volleyball gym rat. 

Cassie Rose

Cassie Rose

Title: Program Director, Lead Trainer, Head Coach

Phone: (847) 571-1700

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Playing Background:

Cassie grew up in Cary, IL where she competed for Sky High volleyball club and Cary-Grove High School. In high school, she was a three-year varsity starter and played middle from 1999 - 2003. In 2001, she led her team to their first Super Sectional Appearance in the Illinois’ State Tournament. She was named All-Conference, Daily Herald All-Area, Northwest Herald All-Area, Sun Times All-Area and also earned Tribune and News-Gazette All-State honors. Cassie played club volleyball for Sky High Volleyball, out of Crystal Lake, IL where her team ranked in the top 10 nationally throughout her career.

Cassie went on to accept a full-scholarship to play for Florida State University.  Cassie begin her collegiate career in 2003 at FSU where she was named ACC Freshman of the Year and voted the East Region’s Freshman of the Year by the AVCA in 2003.  In 2003, she recorded 21 double-digit kill performances, had nine straight matches with double-digit kills, posted as season-high 18 kills on three different occasions, led the team and finished in a tie for fourth in the ACC with 44 service aces and also led the team with 360 kills on the season. 

After two seasons with the Seminoles, Cassie transferred to Northwestern University in 2005 where she finished out her career and graduated in 2007.  In 2005, she finished the year with a .305 hitting percentage, the fourth–best average in Northwestern single-season history.  At NU, Cassie helped the Cats to the first second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2006.

From 2008-2009, Cassie played professional volleyball in Kuusamo, Finland. She competed for Paka Lentopallo in the top Finish division.  Cassie represented the Great Lakes Region’s professional volleyball team at USA Volleyball Adult Open National Championships in 2011 & 2012.

 

Coaching Background:

This will be Cassie’s sixth season with Wildcat Juniors. Last season, Cassie coached 18 Black to an 18th place finish in the Open division at AAU Junior Nationals in Orlando, Florida.  In 2014, she led 15 Back to a 20th place finish in the Open division and in 2011, she led her 14 Black team to a 27th place finish in the Open division, highlighted by huge wins over local rivals Sports Performance 14 Elite and Milwaukee Sting 14 Gold.

Cassie started coaching during college at FSU, doing their team camps and all-skills camps. While playing at Northwestern, she coached NU’s team camps in the summers and coached club volleyball for Sky High, both their 13’s & 14’s age groups; she continued to coach at Sky High for five seasons before moving downtown and joining Wildcat Juniors.  After college Cassie began coaching for All-American Volleyball camps nationwide with other college and professional volleyball players.  These camps would take her coast-to-coast, doing camps anywhere from Florida, to Iowa, to Alaska. 

Cassie is lead trainer for our 17's and 18's age groups where she oversees the training and development of our juniors and seniors. She is also the Recruiting Coordinator and assists in our players' recruiting process & journey.

 

Personal Background:

Cassie currently resides with her husband, David Rose, in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Cassie has a Masters Degree of Education in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelors Degree from Northwestern University.  Cassie enjoys Pilates, cooking, and spending time with her puppy Roy. Cassie is a member of the Northwestern Women's Volleyball Board.

Caleigh Ryan

Title: Assistant Coach

Playing Background:

Caleigh was a 4-year varsity volleyball player at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL.  She played 3 years of club volleyball at Sports Performance Volleyball Club and 4 years with 1st Alliance Volleyball Club.  She currently plays for Northwestern University.  Caleigh led the Big Ten and ranked 24th in the NCAA in assists in 2013, was the two-time Big Ten Freshmen of the Week in 2013 and Big Ten Setter of the Week.  In 2014 – 2015 season, she was a Women’s Volleyball Sportsmanship Award Honoree.

Coaching Background:

This is Caleigh’s first season as a full-time coach with Wildcat Juniors.  She assisted Wildcat Juniors during the 2014-2015 season as a substitute coach.  Caleigh has previous coached Northwestern University Volleyball Camps in 2014 and 2015.

Personal Information:

Caleigh is currently a Junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in Journalism and minoring in Psychology.  She is the oldest of four siblings.

Edward Ryan

Edward Ryan

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (773) 307-2049

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Eddy Ryan will be returning for his second year with Wildcat Jrs. In the 2014 season, Eddy assisted 15 Black and was the Middle Hitters coach for his training group. Eddy started off his volleyball career at Mt. Carmel high school and played club at Premier. In 2002, he was selected as a member of the USA Youth National team. As a senior in 2003, Eddy was picked First Team All State (both the Tribune and Sun Times) and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year.  After high school, he went on to be a 4-year starter at Quincy University. After graduation, Eddie moved out to Florida with his career, but has recently moved back to the Chicago Area and works for the City of Chicago in finance. Eddy currently plays competitively with USAV.

 

Madalyn Shalter

Madalyn Shalter

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (419) 231-1686

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Playing Background:
Madalyn’s volleyball career began at a young age.  At the age of six she idolized her sister and cousins as she was the team manager for their club teams.  She finally had the chance to start playing at the age of ten and never looked back.  She competed for Black Swamp Volleyball Club and Team Atlantis VBC.  She received a full scholarship to Northwestern University, where she played from 2008-2012.  She was granted a 5th year of eligibility due to a medical redshirt.  Her first year she played under current Wildcat Jr. Director, Karen Sonders.  Madalyn finished her playing career as a setter with 2,537 assists, good for sixth place on NU's all-time list. She also posted 1,115 digs, the 11th-highest output in program history in that category. She was Northwestern's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for two years in a row in 2011 and 2012. She also served as team captain in 2011 and 2012.

 

Coaching Background: 
Madalyn started her coaching career during college at Wildcat Jrs. She coached at the 12’s level during the 2010-2011 club year.  Within the past two years, Madalyn has filled in to help coach different age groups, including assisting 18 Purple through their competition at AAUs in 2013. Madalyn will be the assistant coach for the 17 Black team this year.  


Personal:
Madalyn lives in Chicago and works in Evanston at Northwestern University as an athletic academic advisor. Shalter attended Northwestern University, earning a bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services in 2012, and a master's of science in higher education administration and policy in 2013.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, and staying active.

Karen Sonders

Karen Sonders

Title: Executive Director

Phone: (847) 293-8564

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Playing background:
Karen grew up in Crystal Lake, IL where she competed for Sky High volleyball club and Crystal Lake Central High School. She was a three-year varsity starter on a team ranked in the top ten in the state all three years. In her time at Crystal Lake Central, she set a school record for most kills in a season, was an FVC all-conference selection, all-area selection, and Chicago Tribune all-state special mention as a setter and outside hitter.
Karen went on to accept a full-scholarship to play for Michigan Tech University (1998-2001), where she completed her degree in biomedical engineering. Karen played both outside and right side hitter and was named MVP in her sophomore year. A 3-time All-GLIAC selection, Karen finished her tenure as the school’s season and career leader in digs.


Coaching Background:
Karen began her coaching career 15 years ago where she spent three seasons as the head varsity volleyball coach at Chassell Township High School in Michigan. In 2002, she earned Conference Coach of the Year honors after taking over a team that had never won a match and leading it to the conference championship the next year.

Between 2003 and 2006, Karen served on the volleyball staff at the University of Wisconsin Madison as the director of operations. At Wisconsin, Sonders directed and managed five camps with more than 1,000 participants, 40 employees and five sites. During her time at Wisconsin, the team made two NCAA Elite Eight appearances.

Karen was also the development director with Wisconsin Power Volleyball and in 2003, club director at the Fusion Volleyball Academy in Crystal Lake, Ill. In addition to her duties as FVA’s club director, Sonders served as facility manager for the Fusion Sports Center. With Wisconsin Power Volleyball in 2004, Sonders led her 18's team to its first Junior Olympic Nationals, preparing all 10 players for careers in collegiate volleyball.

Karen Sonders came to Northwestern as an assistant coach in March of 2006. Karen assisted in all aspects of the Wildcats' program, including on-court instruction , recruiting, scouting and the coordination of camps. She also coordinated the team defense, coached the outside hitters and liberos, built scouting reports, handled team travel and managed the Northwestern coaching clinic. In her first season with the program, three different Wildcats landed on Northwestern single-season top-10 lists. She helped freshman libero Kate Nobilio to the second-best single-season dig total in school history, and coached Lindsay Anderson into the NU 1,000-Kill Club. Under Karen’s in-game instruction in 2007, Northwestern set a program record with 339.5 total blocks, holding opponents to a paltry .169 hitting percentage. In addition, middle blocker Chelsy Hyser earned AVCA All-Region accolades, becoming the first Wildcat to win an All-Region honor since 2002. Karen grew the Wildcats' volleyball camps into the largest they have ever been in just her first year at the helm of the sessions.

Karen founded Wildcat Jrs. VBC in 2007, beginning with five teams ages U12-U14. Through it’s continued success, the club has grown to twenty teams from U11-U18 and has become the premier club of the North Shore and Chicagoland area.

The 2012 season marked several firsts for Wildcat Juniors. The club graduated its first class of seniors, sending more than half to play D1 volleyball in college. There were several seniors, juniors, and even a few sophomores who accepted full scholarships to top volleyball programs. And two of our athletes were selected to play on the USA Junior National Team — the only two players selected from Illinois.

In 2013, after taking a break to finish a Masters degree in Nursing from DePaul University and having a baby, Karen jumped back into coaching as the head coach of 18 Black. The team finished the Great Lakes Power League with a record of 18-6. At the AAU National Championships, Karen led 18 Black to a 9-3 record, winning the Silver Division and taking 16th place in the 18 Open.

In 2014, Karen coached 18 Black to a 5th place finish in the 18 Open at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL. The team played a whopping 15 matches in 4 days, with a record of 11-4 including the team's crossover match against Peru in the International Division. Karen also guided the team to a 1st place championship and an 8-0 record at the JVA Midwest Challenge in Des Moines, IA with a huge wins over Nebraska Jrs and Iowa Rockets in the semis and finals.

As a Lead Trainer, Karen oversaw the development of the juniors and seniors that made up the club's 18's age group. Karen prepared all ten seniors for their college volleyball careers: six of which were on full scholarships to DI schools, one on full scholarship at a DII university and three will be continuing on to play at DIII universities. In that senior group, Karen also coached 2013 USA National Team player, Taylor Tashima, who was chosen as a 2014 All-American after her performance at AAU Nationals. 


Personal Information:
Karen and her husband, Dave, have two young daughters, Quinn (5 years) and Macie (1 year). In 2012, Karen completed her Masters in Nursing at DePaul University. Karen currently serves on the Northwestern Volleyball Board and is a member of the AVCA and JVA.

Jaime Swartz

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (515) 201-8693

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Playing Experience:

Jaime grew up in West Des Moines, IA, where she started playing club volleyball in 6th grade.  She played club volleyball as a setter for Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance, Cyclone Cylect, and Westside Juniors all throughout junior high and high school.  In her 2006 club season, Jaime led her Cyclone Cylect 16 team to a top 10 finish at the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier.  She was a varsity setter for 3 years for West Des Moines Valley High School, helping her team earn a spot in the state tournament in 2006.  Jaime was named to the Iowa Region’s High Performance Team in 2006 and competed as a libero at the High Performance Championships in Austin, TX.  She attended Northwestern University, where she competed on the Women's Club Volleyball team for 4 years and was the club’s president for 3 years.  She currently plays competitive women's and coed volleyball - both indoor and on the beach in Chicago - and she is the captain of her indoor adult women’s USAV team.

Coaching Experience:

Jaime enters her 6th season as a Wildcat Juniors head coach, where she has worked with the 12’s, 14’s, and 15’s age groups.  Last season, she led the 15 Silver team to the White Division of Windy City Power League, which is the 2nd division from the top.  At the 2015 Lakeshore Volleyfest, Jaime coached her 15 Silver team to a Silver Division Championship.   This season, she will be the Head Coach for the 14 Silver team and will help coordinate training for the 14 Regional group. 

Personal Information:

Jaime graduated from Northwestern University in 2011, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. Jaime currently lives in downtown Chicago and works as a derivatives trader for Belvedere Trading, where she manages a trading operation, coordinates the education program for new hires, and helps to recruit future traders. 

Paul Tashima

Paul Tashima

Title: Skills Development Coach, Advisor

Phone: (773) 251-3647

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Playing Background
Paul was born in Southern California and grew up playing volleyball, both indoor and on the beach. He attended UCSB and UCLA for his undergraduate studies, and played competitively in the 80's to earn a triple-A beach volleyball rating. Subsequently, he moved to the Midwest in the late 80's to earn a graduate degree at the University of Chicago. Paul continued his beach volleyball competition in Chicago, earning a #1 ranking for several years in the early 90's.

Coaching Background
Paul coached over the years during is time in Southern California, and later joined Wildcat Jrs. coaching the 14's - 18's Elite teams. This upcoming season will be his 7th season as a skills development coach.


Personal Information
Paul has a volleyball family! His oldest daughter, Taylor, is a Wilcat Jr. alumni and is a current sophomore setter for Northwestern Univeristy Volleyball. Taylor is a 2-time USA Jr. and Youth National team player. This past season, she helped the USA take 1st place in the European Global Challenge with a win over the Italian Jr. National team. Paul's youngest daughter, Isabelle, just finished her senior volleyball season at New Trier High School as a libero. Isabelle was selected as the CSI Conference Player of the Year - the first time a libero has ever been selected for POY.  Isabelle is currently competing in her 18's year with Wildcat Jrs and will be continuing her volleyball career as a freshman at Harvard next fall. 

Amanda Thomas

Title: Head Coach

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Bio coming soon!

Ryan VanWees

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (847) 722-4028

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Playing Background:

Ryan attended Carthage College for one year and played on their men’s volleyball team as a right side hitter. He played on his high school varsity volleyball team for three years and started playing club volleyball at Pipeline VBC as a junior. As a senior in high school, Ryan was on the Junior National Team as a right side hitter.

Coaching Background:

During high school, Ryan managed the girl’s varsity volleyball team. He began his coaching career this season as an assistant at Maine West High School to the freshman team and was also involved with the varsity program.

Personal Information:  
Ryan is currently going to school and majoring in Physical Education.  He was born & raised in Des Plaines and that is where he currently resides. He is the youngest in his family with an older sister who is studying at Cornell University. His mom & dad played club volleyball at Northwestern University.

Isabel Vargas

Title: Assistant Coach

Phone: (847) 923-9129

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Bio coming soon!

Carlee Wolfe

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (847) 668-5617

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Playing Background:

Carlee was a four-year, two-sport athlete in tennis and track & field at Prospect High School. Taking the non-traditional route, her passion for volleyball grew through coaching and playing recreationally while living and working in Colorado Springs, CO. Today, she is still active on the beach, when time (and weather) permits. Carlee has a unique professional background having worked at USA Volleyball in Coaching Education and at the United States Olympic Committee, developing leadership programs for employees and athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Playing Background: Carlee was a four-year, two-sport athlete in tennis and track & field at Prospect High School. Taking the non-traditional route, her passion for volleyball grew through coaching and playing recreationally while living and working in Colorado Springs, CO. Today, she is still active on the beach, when time (and weather) permits. Carlee has a unique professional background having worked at USA Volleyball in Coaching Education and at the United States Olympic Committee, developing leadership programs for employees and athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

 

Coaching Background: This will be Carlee’s first year coaching with Wildcat Jrs., and brings the following experience to the club:

  • Three years at East Valley Juniors in Tempe, AZ
  • Including one season with the boy’s program
  • Four years at Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Three years as the head JV coach
  • One year as the assistant coach of the Varsity boy’s program
  • Three years at Pikes Peak Volleyball Club in Colorado Springs, CO
  • One year with the Colorado Chill in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Over eight years of camp experience, including four years coaching with USA Volleyball High Performance
  • Eight years of USA Volleyball High Performance athlete evaluation and program support
  • Seven years as an athlete evaluator (locations include: Cheney, WA, Denver, CO, Tempe, AZ, Albany, NY)
  • Two years as an assistant and lead try-out coach
  • Carlee is CAP II and VCAP certified, and is also an IMPACT instructor.
  • Personal Information: Carlee recently moved back to the Chicago area. She is looking forward to being active in the community and working with Wildcat Jrs. Carlee currently works at Rightpoint Consulting as a Senior Change Management Consultant. Carlee has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University. Carlee enjoys being outdoors, traveling, music, exploring the city and spending time with her dog, Sammy.
  • : This will be Carlee’s first year coaching with Wildcat Jrs., and brings the following experience to the club:
  • Three years at East Valley Juniors in Tempe, AZ
  • Including one season with the boy’s program
  • Four years at Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Three years as the head JV coach
  • One year as the assistant coach of the Varsity boy’s program
  • Three years at Pikes Peak Volleyball Club in Colorado Springs, CO
  • One year with the Colorado Chill in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Over eight years of camp experience, including four years coaching with USA Volleyball High Performance
  • Eight years of USA Volleyball High Performance athlete evaluation and program support
  • Seven years as an athlete evaluator (locations include: Cheney, WA, Denver, CO, Tempe, AZ, Albany, NY)
  • Two years as an assistant and lead try-out coach
  • Carlee is CAP II and VCAP certified, and is also an IMPACT instructor.

Personal Information:

Carlee recently moved back to the Chicago area. She is looking forward to being active in the community and working with Wildcat Jrs. Carlee currently works at Rightpoint Consulting as a Senior Change Management Consultant. Carlee has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University. Carlee enjoys being outdoors, traveling, music, exploring the city and spending time with her dog, Sammy.

Meghan Zasada

Title: Head Coach

Phone: (309) 533-2070

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Playing experience:

Meghan played at Burlington Central High School, and at Club Fusion. During her time at Burlington Central, she was an All-Area and All-State selection. She helped lead Burlington Central in their first State Championship appearance and a 2nd place finish. During her club time, Meghan played for 18 Black at Fusion and was able to play overseas with them as apart of their annual 18 Black trip. After Fusion and H.S., Meghan played at Illinois State University as a D.S., and was a scholar-athlete.

Coaching experience:

Meghan has worked a countless number of camps and clinics at Illinois State, Northwestern, as well as in her home town of Burlington. Other than camps and clinics, Meghan started her coaching career as the Assistant Varsity Coach for Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City, IL. After graduating from ISU, Meghan coached for Club Fusion and is now on her second year at Wildcat Juniors. She is currently the Assistant Coach at North Park University here in Chicago!

Personal background:

Meghan graduated from Illinois State with a Political Science Degree. She now is completing her master’s degree in Non Profit Organization Management at North Park University. Meghan still plays in several volleyball leagues, indoor and beach, through out the year. When she's not playing volleyball, you can find her running as her new hobby, and she just ran the Chicago Marathon last year!