Elyse (Glab) Schulz, Head Coach
- (773) 425-6044
- (773) 425-6044
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. Elyse was the captain of the 2010 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, after downing Arizona in the first round. She led her team to a 20-13 final record, and was ranked 23rd in the NCAA RPI index after the regular season. 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.
Elyse is in her 9th season coaching at Wildcat Jrs, where she has coached with our 11's, 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 13 Black this season.
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.
Sebastian Ahn, Assistant Coach
I started playing volleyball in Junior high-school, but didn’t start playing club until 15’s. I played for Division1 Volleyball Club for 3 years, and Energy Volleyball Club my 18’s year. I attended Niles West High School and was awarded All-Conference my Junior and Senior years. I studied at Illinois State University, where I played club volleyball for another 3 years.
I have one year of coaching experience at Illini Elite Volleyball Club, a sister club of Sports Performance. I was able to coach during my senior year at Illinois State, and had the opportunity to fill in as the head coach of our 15’s second team. My greatest accomplishment as a young coach was winning the Club division of the Pre-Nationals tournament hosted by Sports Performance. Some may call it beginner’s luck, but winning sure felt great! ;)
I am 23 years old and have lived in the Chicago-land area my entire life, and am still living at home while working to pay off student loans. I double majored in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance at Illinois State, and am currently working in downtown Chicago. Aside from volleyball, I love playing golf, traveling, being around nature, and most outdoor activities. I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the NBA. I would describe myself as someone who is easy to get along with and even-tempered. I enjoy helping others and cannot wait to get started at Wildcat Juniors!
Toni Alford, Elite Program Lead Trainer, Head Coach
- (773) 505-9270
- (773) 505-9270
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.
This year is Toni's 10th season coaching at Wildcat Juniors. She has coached the 12s, 13's, 14s, 15s and 18s. This will be her second season as the 13 Black head coach. For the last two seasons, Toni has qualified her team for back to back USA Jr. Nationals. This past season, her team took 25th in the USA division of the 2019 USA Jrs. National Championships.
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!
Doreen Banez, Head Coach
This is Doreen’s 3rd year coaching 13 Purple at Wildcat Juniors. Last year, her team earned a bid to the Girls National Junior Championships in Indianapolis.
Doreen also coaches the JV team at North Shore Country Day School. She was also a volunteer coach at St. Bartholomew Catholic School for 9 years, where she coached teams from 5th – 8th grade, and accumulated a total of 12 championships for various teams in the Northwest Catholic Conference League and Northwest Junior Volleyball League. She also ran beginner summer camps for 4th and 5th graders as well as advanced skills camp for 6th – 8th graders at St. Bartholomew.
Doreen lives in Chicago, is married, and her youngest daughter (Isabelle) played with Wildcat Jrs. for 4 years and is now playing as a libero at DePaul University. She is dedicated to training the girls as a whole person and not just an athlete and her coaching philosophy is focused on making volleyball an enjoyable experience for the athlete by adhering to positive reinforcement. With 2 daughters involved in club sports, a lot of her and her husband’s time was spent in gyms, started with travel basketball and eventually moved to travel volleyball. During this time, Doreen observed many coaches and realized how much a coach impacts a player’s confidence. She has seen some coaches who have been so negative to the point of ruining her daughter’s confidence. This is the reason why she chooses to coach and train younger players - she wants to help develop the players not just as an athlete but also as a person. Her goal is to encourage the players, build their confidence, and not just focus on winning or losing. She believes that a happy, confident player is a successful player.
Isabelle Banez, Assistant Coach
2017 (Freshman): Named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team... appeared in 109 sets for the Blue Demons in her freshman campaign as a defensive specialist... second on the squad in digs with 252 on the season... set a career high with 17 digs at Saint Louis... boasted 25 service aces on the season to rank second on the team.
High School: Member of Northside College Preparatory High School’s volleyball and basketball teams... played the Wildcat Juniors club team under coaches Evelyn Kim and Cassie Rose... named JVA Midwest Challenge Open 10 Players to Watch... three-time Northside Varsity Volleyball Team Captain... won the Northside Varsity Volleyball Tournament MVP award... named Northside Varsity Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team in 2015 and 2016... two-time award recipient of the Northside Outstanding Achievement Award... won the Northside Volleyball Senior Leadership Award... two-time Northside Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Garry and Doreen Banez... has one sister, Gabbi... plans to study Health Science.
Craig Boller, Assistant Coach, Co-Elite Program Leader
- (630) 386-5858
- (630) 386-5858
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.
Brooke Cofell, Head Coach
Bio coming soon!
Pat Damm, Assistant Coach
Daniel Dwyer, 17 Premier Co-Coach
- (214) 912-2680
- (214) 912-2680
Daniel Dwyer grew up in South Central Texas, where life consisted of playing sports and taking care of the family ranch. Daniel's love of volleyball began when he assisted with his older sisters high school varsity volleyball team. The complexity and the fun of the sport drew him in and captivated his interested in every possible way. He continued playing with his High School as the starting setter. He moved to Dallas, Texas and began his coaching journey while working as a student assistant at Dallas Christian College. During this time, he coached Club with various Texas Club teams and schools. As a Junior Varsity coach at Prince of Peace Christian School, he lead the team to a perfect record of 16-0 and at Sam Tasby Middle School for 6 years. In addition, he has coached with the Hurricane Club Volleyball club as the 15's National Head Coach, the Summit Volleyball 14's Molten Head Coach and No Limit's 17's National Head coach. Along with coaching, Daniel has participated in the University of Texas Dallas and University of Texas Summer clinics as a setting coach. In 2013, Daniel was hired as the Head Volleyball coach at Mountain View College where he revamped the women's volleyball program to become a competitive club in their NJCAA Division III conference. In addition to coaching, Daniel has worked in various leadership (DIVA Board of Directors) and instructional volleyball roles throughout the DFW area, assisting with the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association skills and development program and assisting with player development at Dallas Christian College. Outside of Coaching,
Daniel Dwyer is an veteran English teacher of 14 years working in DFW school and is currently in the West Chicago North Lawndale school system. Daniel enjoys traveling and playing in Adult volleyball tournaments, running, writing, reading, playing tennis and softball, and spending time with family and friends. Daniel believes in the development of fundamental volleyball skills, strengthening volleyball IQ and playing fun and competitive volleyball. Daniel's favorite volleyball players are Carli Lloyd- USA Women's Volleyball setter; Patrick Gasman- Middle Blocker for the University of Hawaii; and Josh Tuaniga- setter of the National Champions Long Beach State.
Lauren Emmert, Head Coach
Mike Falk, Head Coach, Lead Trainer
- (224) 430-4581
- (224) 430-4581
Mike comes to Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club with 25 years of experience in the volleyball coaching industry. This includes a proud tenure as club director of Net Force Volleyball Club (1994-2019). In addition to his administrative duties of running this club, Mike has been a head coach for all levels of competition and ages. He has led teams at a variety of national level competitions including USA Volleyball Girls Juniors National Championships and AAU National Championship events. Mike’s commitment to team and player development has led to numerous former players continuing their volleyball careers at the NCAA level. His experience has led to him developing a strong network of relationships with many of the nation’s leading collegiate programs. Mike has also coached at the IHSA level for the past 4 years and is currently the girls’ sophomore coach at Libertyville High School. Mike is a long-time member of USA Volleyball and the Great Lakes Region. He has served on the Windy City Power League board of directors and has also served on various work groups for the region.
Mike is a former NCAA volleyball player, George Williams College (1983-1984). He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services and is a retired behavioral health therapist/administrator. Mike is married (Janet) to his wife of 34 years. They have 3 adult children and two amazing grand children. Mike is a goal driven professional that establishes high standards for himself and the athletes he trains. Mike is excited to be bringing his experience to Wildcat Juniors Volleyball Club for a new chapter in his coaching career.
Jana Goyette, Assistant Coach
Jana (Brusek) Goyette, a Chicago native and Wildcat Juniors alum, is thrilled to reenter the Wildcat Juniors community as the Lead Trainer for 13 Premier and Assistant Coach for 17 Black. Jana concluded her time as an assistant coach for Hill College in the summer of 2018 after completing four years as the starting libero for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is currently the Junior Varsity Assistant Coach at Latin School of Chicago.
While playing for Baylor, Jana led the Bears to their highest finish in Big 12 play in program history, finishing 2nd in 2017. As the starting libero, Jana led the Bears to their first back-to-back NCAA postseason appearance. The Bears also earned the program’s first national seed and hosting opportunity in the NCAA Tournament in 2017, where they were the #12 seed.
Jana earned a variety of honors, including finishing second-most career digs in program history (1,620). As a four-year-letter winner, she finished her senior year as a team captain. In 2016, Jana was awarded a position on the All-Big 12 (second team). Jana was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 (first team) selection in the classroom and a six-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Selection. She was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the week during her Freshman and Junior seasons.
This will be Jana’s first season on staff at Wildcat Juniors. She is excited to build up, sharpen, and remind her players that “success is measured in changed lives, strong character, and eternal values rather than in material gain, temporal achievement, or status” (Tony Dungy). Jana graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Biology in May of 2018 and married her husband, Bailey Goyette, in June.
Douglas Han, Head Coach, Lead Trainer, Recruiting Tea...
Douglas Han started his coaching career in 2010 where he served as a volunteer assistant at Northwestern University. Northwestern, a member of the Big Ten Conference had a record season in 2010 which saw the program advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats won 21 matches overall while competing in what many consider to be the best volleyball league in the country. With four wins over top 25 teams (No. 19 Michigan, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 14 Tennessee, No. 6 Illinois) in the regular season and one in the first round of the NCAAs over No. 20 Arizona.
In 2011, Han joined NAIA member William Woods University, located in Fulton, Mo. As an assistant coach on the Owls' 2012 staff, the program compiled a 21-19 overall record, which included a 12-6 league record and a trip to the conference tournament semifinals. While there, he was heavily involved in the gym and with the team's overall training, especially with the Owl's outside hitters.
2013 is when he joined Division II Michigan Tech University to lead the technical aspects of the game. The primary functions of his role was defensive planning, training the technical aspects of setting, middles and pins overall. Outside of the gym, he led the recruiting efforts which lead to multiple All-American and All-Conference accolades.
Han has worked as a coach for several camps around the country, primarily in the Midwest region. In May of 2013, he attended and participated in a Gold Medal Squared coaching clinic held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Several current and former U.S. National Team coaches, along with some of college volleyball’s most respected teachers, led the nationally prominent training program.
A Niles, Ill., native, Han graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and played for the Illinois men's club volleyball team. As an outside hitter for Maine East High School in suburban Chicago, Han earned all-state honors his senior season.
Karina Hayday, 14 Wild Head Coach
Amanda Hogan, Assistant Coach
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- (847) 480-7299
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).
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.
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, Head Coach
- (224) 257-2294
- (224) 257-2294
Bio coming soon!
Kirstine Jensen, Youth Programs Director, VolleyKITS, Hea...
- (815) 375-7501
- (815) 375-7501
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.
Kirstine entered the collegiate coaching ranks nineteen 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.
Kirstine is heading into her 4th year of coaching with Wildcat Jrs and she serves as the Director of Youth Programming (WildKITS & summer camps). She will be the Lead Trainer for the 12's & 13's age groups as well as the head coach for 12 Black and assistant coach for 13 Black. Last season, Kirstine helped lead 13 Black as they finished 2nd in the 13 Open of the Windy City Power League and earned a bid to the USA Jr. National Championships in the USA division. They finished their season as the #2 ranked 13's team in Illinois.
Kirstine and her husband Tim have a young son, Jaxen and live in Skokie, IL.
Evelyn Kim, Elite Program Lead Trainer, Lessons
- (224) 578-1839
- (224) 578-1839
Evelyn started playing volleyball 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
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
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.
Stela Kukoc, Assistant Coach
Playing Background: I played for Wildcat Jrs. my 17’s and 18’s year. In college I played Division I volleyball at Miami University all 4 years. During my time there, we won the Mid-American Conference title 3 years in a row and made 2 NCAA appearances. I served as a captain my last 2 seasons at Miami and was named to the MAC All-Academic team 3 years in a row.
Coaching Background: After my final season at Miami, I was an assistant coach at Borderline Volleyball Club in Oxford, OH.
Personal Information: I was born and raised in Highland Park, IL. Graduated from Highland Park High School in 2015 and Miami University in 2019. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and hope to earn a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the near future.
Jaime Lee, Head Coach
Jaime fell in love with volleyball when she was introduced to it during gym class in High School. Being a piano major in college, she couldn’t play competitively but she chose volleyball/badminton each semester as her PE elective and played intramurals each year. (Because volleyball and badminton were a package deal, Jaime became proficient at badminton, as well!) After graduating from college, she joined several leagues and played on both coed and women’s teams throughout the years.
This will be Jaime’s second season as a Wildcat Juniors coach. She was the Head Coach of 12 Silver last year.
Jaime lives in Chicago and currently works in Evanston. She enjoys everything that deals with the outdoors, including camping (although she hates bugs!), biking, and roller coasters.
Courtney Lewis, Assistant Coach
Playing Background: I started playing club volleyball when I was 11. My 13's year I started playing for Wildcat Juniors and continued to play until my 18's year. Simultaneously I played for New Trier's school team. When I graduated I played club volleyball at University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign.
Coaching Background: During the summers in college I assistant coached for various Wildcat Juniors teams.
Personal Information: I grew up in Wilmette, IL. I just graduated from University of Illinois with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance. I'll be starting work at KPMG this upcoming summer.
Zach Morrow, Head Coach
Playing Background:Zach Morrow - a Wisconsin native - is beyond excited to be a part of the Wildcat Juniors Community as the Head Coach for the “15 Purple.” He has been playing volleyball for over 10 years, where he played club as a Libero at North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club (NSMVC) for two years (which is now known as Milwaukee Volleyball Club (MVC)), and then at West Allis Lightning for a year afterward. He also played all four years at Burlington High School as a libero and right side hitter. Zach continues to play in various volleyball leagues around the Chicago area and still enjoys beach and grass tournaments during the summer.Coaching Background:This will be Zach’s second year coaching at Wildcat Juniors, after being the Assistant Coach for “15 Black” this 2018-2019 season. Before coming to Wildcat Juniors, Zach was the Student Manager for the DePaul volleyball program. He managed there for 2.5 years under two outstanding coaches, Marie Zidek and Nadia Edwards. His responsibilities included data volley, rotational orders, statistical input during matches, and scout team at practices.Zach is also currently the JV Boys volleyball coach at Latin School of Chicago, here in the Gold Coast Neighborhood. He works with both the JV and Varsity teams to implement various techniques and strategy for the program. Throughout his 4+ years here in Chicago, Zach has continued to help out at various camps, work with other college coaches to learn new coaching skills, drills, and other techniques that he will bring to this Wildcat gym.Personal Info:Zach recently graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Marketing & Sales Leadership. While he studied there, he took part in organizing DemonTHON - DePaul’s 24-hour Dance Marathon, was active within Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and maintained on-campus jobs throughout his 4 years there.Zach currently lives in Old Town and works in Account Management at Groupon in the West Loop as a Merchant Development Representative. Zach cannot wait to kick off this volleyball season and apply all that he has learned and gained through his experience on and off the court.He leaves his team with a quote from Hall of Fame basketball coach, Pat Riley:“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
Maxie Mottlowitz, Head Coach and Social Media Director
- (847) 702-3361
- (847) 702-3361
Playing Background: My name is Maxie Mottlowitz and I am a former collegiate player from Lake Forest College. I played volleyball since I was in 4th grade and my love for the sport only continued to grow. I am also a Wildcat Jrs. Alumni! My 18's year, our team placed 9th in the 18 Open at the AAU Jr. National Championships. From there knew I wanted to play in college. I was mainly a middle, but also played on the right and outside occasionally. I am proud to say that I was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week in my career as well as closing out my senior year finishing first in the Midwest Conference for blocks and 72nd in the nation for blocks per set.
Coaching Background: I have been a coach for Wildcat Juniors for 4 years. I started coaching in the15 Premier program my first year and never switched after that. I fell in love with that age group! I also coached while I was in college for Lake Forest College's overnight camp called One Step Closer. On the side, I would also host personal lessons for kids who needed help learning basic volleyball skills. I love watching these kids grow throughout the season as it is a very fulfilling feeling.
Personal Information: I was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois where my most of my family grew up as well. I have 3 sisters who I am super close with! I played volleyball from grade school through varsity at HP. I went to the University of Missouri for my freshman and sophomore year of college, and then transferred to Lake Forest College where I graduated from. I graduated with a Communication major and a Digital Media Design minor. I was a sports videographer as well as photographer throughout school, which was a passion of mine, aside from being a collegiate athlete. I am currently working for a Marketing company called, David James Group, where I am their Social Media and Video Production Manager. I lalso ove to workout on my free time and research new and upcoming social media news as it changes everyday.
Ryan O'Malley, Head Coach and Beach Coordinator
- (708) 476-6504
- (708) 476-6504
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.
Ryan is passionate about bringing the beach game to the indoor players at Wildcat Jrs. A life-long indoor volleyball player, started playing beach volleyball competitively at the age of 16, spending his free summer days trekking to North Avenue Beach. In his college years, Ryan used his summers every year to play and train regularly on the beach with other high-level players, and he competed against some of the best players Chicago and the Midwest have to offer in tournament play. His love for the game and extensive experience playing at a high level make him a great coach to teach the beach volleyball game.
Ryan is entering his 5th season coaching for Wildcat Juniors. This year Ryan is the Head Coach and Lead Trainer for the 15 Regional group. This past season he was the head coach for 14-White and has worked in our 14's and 15's age groups in past seasons.
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.
Ryan O'Malley, Beach Coordinator
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- (708) 476-6504
Cassie Petosky, Elite Program Leader, Lead Trainer, Head...
- (734) 649-4420
- (734) 649-4420
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.
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.
Cassie lives in Lakeview with her boyfriend, Craig Boller. She enjoys reading, walking along the lake, and playing recreational volleyball.
Bre Reveley, Head Coach
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Cassie Rose, Program Director, Elite Program Lead Tra...
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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.
This will be Cassie’s eigth 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.
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.
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Karen Sonders, Executive Director
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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 BS 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.
Karen began her coaching career 19 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 as it qualified for 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 seven teams between 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.
Starting in 2015, Karen focused solely on the day-to-day duties of managing and directing the club. It’s continued growth, has led to an amazing staff of 37 coaches - aka the dream team! Karen takes great pride in maintaining great relationships with her coaching staff, including continuing professional development and constantly striving for improvement.
Under Karen’s leadership, the program has continued it’s tradition of turning out well-rounded volleyball student athletes who are community-minded. Karen implemented the annual community service team event, which put over 250 youth players into our surrounding community in various respects - giving back and growing as young leaders. All the while deepening the team’s bonding and understanding how to work with one another.
Karen and her husband, Dave, have two young daughters, Quinn and Macie. In 2012, Karen completed her Masters in Nursing at DePaul University. Karen is a member of the AVCA, USAV and JVA.
Alicia Stokes, Assistant Coach
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Jaime Swartz, Head Coach, Lead Trainer
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Taylor Valentine, Head Coach, Premier Program Leader, Recr...
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- 4-year Varsity letter winner at Portage Central High School
- Nominee for 2010 Michigan Miss Volleyball Award
- AVCA 2010-11 Under Armour Girls High School All America’s Watch List
- Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-State selection 2010
- First-team All-State 2009
- Advanced in state tournament to state finals 2009
- All-region, All-District Honors as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior
- Dead Frog Far Out Volleyball Club Alumni
- Placed 3rd at the 2010 AAU Junior National Championships
- Honored as a 2010 AAU National All-American
- Played at Michigan State University from 2011-2014
- All 4 years appeared in the NCAA Tournament
- Contributed to two back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances
- 2013 Spartan Invitational All-Tournament Team
- 2012-2017 Michigan State Summer Camp Coach
- 2015-2016 All-American Volleyball Camp Coach
- 2015 Western Michigan University Summer Camp Coach
- 2015 Spring Dead Frog Far Out 15’s Capital Blue Coach
- 2015 Spring Dead Frog Far Out 14’s Capital White Coach
- 2016 Legacy 16 National Assistant Coach, qualified for JO’s
- 2017 Legacy 16 National Head Coach, placed 5th at Nationals
- 2017 Legacy Position Training Lead Coach
- 2017 Co-Director of Hurricanes Volleyball Club
- Offer Private/Group Lessons
- Graduated Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business.
- New to the area of Chicago, IL but love every second of it.
- Husband is an Assistant Collegiate Men’s Basketball coach at Loyola University
- My family lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and I enjoy traveling to visit them!
Ryan VanWees, Head Coach
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Maalik Walker, Head Coach
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Division 1 Men’s Volleyball Scholar-Athlete
? McKendree University Men’s Volleyball 2013 - 2017
? McKendree Men’s Volleyball Team; Head Captain of Men’s Volleyball Team (2014-2017)
? Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference Academic Team; 2015, 2016 & 2017
? Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Second Team All-Conference ( 2017 )
? Ranked the #7 Opposite in the country ( 2017 )
? Ranked #3 in the conference in kills per set ( 2017 )
? Led team in kills/kills per set ( 2017 )
? Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week (3/28/17)
? Southwest IL Crush 15u Girls Coach (2013-2014)
? High Performance - STL 16u Boys Coach ( 2014-2015 )
? High Performance - IL 16u Girls Coach ( 2016-2017 )
? Division 1 Collegiate Women’s Line Judge ( 2016-2017 )
? UNO Volleyball Club- 18u Boys Head Coach ( 2017-2018 )
? Lycee Francais de Chicago - High School Girls Varsity Head Coach (2019)
? USAV IMPACT Certified
? SafeSport Certified
Meghan Zasada, Head Coach
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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. During her time at Burlington Central, Meghan led her team to two consecutive conference championships, 30+ win seasons, their first State Championship appearance and a 2nd place finish. During her time at Club Fusion, Meghan played for 18 Black, helping them to a 1st place finish as 18's Great Lakes Power League champions, and her team was ranked in the top 5 nationally throughout the entire season, winning several national tournamentents a competing internationally. After Fusion and H.S., Meghan played at Illinois State University as a D.S. in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Meghan started her club coaching career at Club Fusion in 2013, before joining Wildcat Jrs. five years ago in 2014. She has coached 16 Purple for the last three seasons, racking up several huge accomplishments including: a 1st place finish in the 15/16 Club divison of the Great Lakes Power League in 2018, and a top 3 finish, out of over 100 teams, in the Great Lakes Power League in 2017. Meg led 16 Purple to a bronze division championship at the JVA World Challenge in Louisville, KY in 2017. Last season, Meg and her team won the White division of the Windy City Power League.
From 2015 - 2017 Meghan was the Assistant Coach at North Park University, here in Chicago. During this time, the coaching staff took the program from a last place conference finish and 0 wins to its first confererence wins in over ten years with winning record seasons for the first time ever consecutively, and a conference tournament appearance for the first time in 15 years.
Over the last ten years Meghan has both led and coached camps all over the midwest ranging from Big Ten camps at Northwestern and Michigan State to coaching at her alma maters Illinois State and Club Fusion.
Meghan lives in the south loop of Chicago, and works for a financial services firm in the Gold Coast. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in political science and graduated from North Park University with a masters in Non Profit Administration. Outside of coaching, Meghan enjoys reading, anything involving sports & fitness, and playing volleyball whenever possible.