Head Coach: Kyleigh Block

Assistant Coach: Donovan Bethel

Head Coach Bio:

Coaching Experience:  Illini Elite Volleyball Club (2015-17) University of Wisconsin-Parkside (2018-20) Wisconsin Juniors (2018-20) Hope College (2020-2021) FaR Out Volleyball Club (2020-21)

Playing Experience: Illini Elite Volleyball Club (6th grade - high school); outside Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School; outside Illinois Wesleyan (2014-17); outside

Education and Career: Illinois Wesleyan University; Bachelors in Psychology, Pre-PT with a minor in Exercise Science UW Parkside; Masters in Health and Wellness Management

Awards & Accolades: Dee-Mack HS: state champ (2013), team co-captain, All-Heart of IL Conference 1st & 2nd team, special mention All-State, Illinois Wesleyan University: CCIW Freshmen of the year, 3 year co-captain, All-American, CCIW Merle Chapman Leadership Award Winner, MVP, Most Inspirational Player

Family: My family is extremely loving and supportive. We are also very competitive, as we enjoy our time most when we're outside playing lawn games, grass volleyball, or keeping scores for card games and board games. I am from Normal, IL - my mom, dad, and my brothers' family still live there. My sister is a junior at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. I am moving back to southeastern WI in December.

Favorite Quote: Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; it's choosing what's right over what's fun, fast, or easy; and it's practicing your values, not just professing them. -Brené Brown

Donovan Bethel

Donovan Bethel

Seasons at WJV: 1st Season

Coaching Experience: 5th-6th grade coach for Home Run Kids.

Playing Experience: Played Middle Blocker for Vortex Volleyball Club in Skokie IL (2014-2017). Set the current single season block record for Zion High School as an outside (2017). Was on the Queens University of Charlotte Men's Volleyball roster for 3 years but only played freshman year due to injury (2017-2020)

Education and Career: Double majoring in Mathematics and Biology at Queens University of Charlotte.  Plans on returning once campus returns to operation at full capacity.  Coaching and lifeguarding in the meantime. 

Family: Current lives in Zion IL.  Son of Dan and Sarah Bethel, 2nd oldest of 8 kids. 

Favorite Sports Memory: Securing the first win in Queens University of Charlotte Men's Volleyball history with a solo block. 

Favorite Quote: "Do your best and forget the rest"

Favorite Athlete: Robertlandy Simón


Morgan Lemner

Head Coach: Morgan Lemner

Assistant Coach: Ashley Beaton

Head Coach Bio

Playing Experience: Played at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI as a libero. Played club at Minnesota One Volleyball Club. Played at Prior Lake High School in Savage, MN for high school.

Coaching Experience: This will be her fifth year coaching at WJV, second season as the head coach of 14-Elite. Coaches at multiple camps including WJV and Minnesota One Volleyball Club.

Education and Career: Graduated from Prior Lake High School in 2017. Graduated from Alverno College with an undergraduate degree in Communication and Creative Writing in 2020. Currently working as a Content Writer at Zywave. Works as the Social Media Director as well as Lead strength and Conditioning Trainer at WJV.

Family: Originally from Savage, MN. Grew up with my mom, brother and two dogs. Currently resides in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Favorite Quote: "If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be" - Kobe Bryant

Favorite Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Favorite Sports Memory: Too many to count. Being in the gym and impacting athletes in a positive way makes every moment special.

Ashley Beaton

Ashley Beaton

Seasons at WJV: 2nd Season

Coaching Experience:  Coached for Cutting Edge Volleyball Academy out of St. Louis for 5 years (2014-2019). Head Coach for Springfield Elite's 14-1 team out of Springfield, Illinois (2017). 2nd Year with WJV.

Playing Experience: Played high school for Lafayette High School out of Wildwood, MO (2009-2013) and won 2 Missouri Class-4 State Championships. Played club volleyball for Rockwood Thunder VBC out of St. Louis, MO (2007-2013). NCAA Division II volleyball student-athlete at The University of Illinois at Springfield (2013-2017). Was an OH/RS. 

Education and Career: B.A. in Psychology from The University of Illinois at Springfield (2017) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The University of North Georgia (2019). Currently, the Athletics Academic Advisor at The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, after a year at the NCAA Headquarters. 

Family: Currently lives in Kenosha, WI., but grew up in St. Louis, MO.  Two younger sisters both currently play collegiate volleyball; Amanda (22) University of Central Arkansas, and Allison (19) Truman State. All played for Rockwood Thunder VBC. Got engaged in March 2020 to Chance Simpson. 

Favorite Sports Memory: Senior year of highschool, ending our season 80-0 (set record) and winning the Missouri State Championships!

Favorite Quote: "Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Great things never come from comfort zones."

Favorite Athlete: Yadier Molina, Patrick Maroon, Jayson Tatum, Colleen Quigley


Gina Bedessem

Head Coach: Gina Bedessem

Assistant Coach: Park Jones

Head Coach Bio

Seasons at WJV: 10th Season at WJV

Coaching Experience: Coached at WJV for 10 seasons with club coaching experience at Burlington Elite and Capital Volleyball Academy as well. Currently coaching at Lakes High school. Former coach at Sauk Prairie High School & Wilmot High School at Varsity and JV Level. 

Playing Experience: 4 years of playing experience as a 6-rotation outside hitter. Was voted MVP for 3 years. 

Education and Career: Paraprofessional at Wilmot Union High School. Associates Degree in Health Management/Coordinator, Gateway College. Medical Transcription, Professional Institute of Medical Sciences, Norcross, GA. 

Family: Married for 22 years and lives in Trevor, WI. Has three daughters who all played at Wisconsin Juniors. Oldest daughter, Lisa, went on to play volleyball at Stevens Point. Middle daughter, Sara, went on to play volleyball at Cardinal Stritch. Youngest daughter, Kaelynn, is a senior on the WJV 18s. 

Favorite Sports Memory: Tradition of team cooking and serving their families dinner in Orlando to thank them for the countless hours families put in along with teaching the girls life lessons while making memories. 

Favorite Quote: "We are not losing, we are learning how to win" John Wooden

Favorite Athlete: Kerri Walsh Jennings

Park Jones

Seasons at WJV: 1st Season

Coaching Experience:  Coached middle school volleyball at St. Alphonsus for 5 years. Coached club volleyball for 2 years. Varsity Assistant St. Francis High School. Second year as Varsity Head Coach at Ronald Reagan High School

Playing Experience:  Played indoor and beach volleyball for over 30 years.  

Education and Career: UW-Whitewater BBA, UW-Milwaukee MS-Accounting.   Currently employed as a Special Agent with the US Treasury Department. 

Family:  Lives in Franklin, Wisconsin with his wife Tammy and two daughters.  

Favorite Sports Memory: Watching my oldest daughter’s high school basketball team win the sectional final to make it to state.    

Favorite Athlete:  David Robinson