12-Select

Head Coach: Kaitlyn Larson

Assistant Coach: Becky Mitten

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BECKY MITTEN

Becky Mitten

Seasons with WJV: 1st Season

Coaching Experience: Head coach for the Middle School and Junior High leveled team for Lakeshore Thunder part of the HSWIL Volleyball Conference consisting of homeschool teams from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

Playing Experience: First introduced to Volleyball at the middle school and junior high level. Continued playing recreational and competitive leagues throughout Kenosha and Lake counties.

Education and Career: Co-Owner of a family run small business called, T&R Garden Center. Finishing my Small Business and Accounting Degrees.

Family: Presently I live in Somers, WI with my husband of 13 years, Matt, with our 2 daughters, Cheyenne (11 & playing for WJV) and Gabby (7 & enjoying all sports).

Favorite Sports Memory: Recently after I began coaching for the first time, I had the privilege of experiencing struggling players suddenly accomplish something they had worked so hard on. Seeing their face light up in that moment when they succeeded will forever be imprinted in my heart.

Favorite Quote: “It doesn’t matter if you win as long as you give everything in your heart” – Michael Jordan

Favorite Athlete: Bethany Hamiliton

12-BLUE

Head Coach: Ashlyn Pahl

Assistant Coach: Neva Bergeman

Head Coach Bio

Seasons at WJV: 1st Season

Coaching Experience: Assistant coached young bucs middle school volleyball camps 2017-2019. Assistant coached Grand Haven Freshman volleyball team, Assistant coached MVA 4th and 5th grade volleyball camp spring 2021, head coached Young Bucs 6th grade volleyball spring 2021.

Playing Experience: Played middle blocker for Grand Haven High School and Michigan Volleyball Academy from 2017-2021, including three years on varsity. Currently, a freshman playing middle blocker at Carthage College.

Education and Career: Graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2021. Currently a freshman at Carthage College graduating in 2025. Majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Business Administration with the intention of attending PA school (physician's assistant) after graduation. Have previously worked as a volleyball coach, referee, and a shift manager at Pump House Grand Haven.

Awards & Accolades: High School Varsity- District champions 2018, 2019, 2020, Conference Champions 2019. Co-captain of the varsity team in 2020, received All-region, All-area 2nd dream team, and academic all-state honors. 2021 GH volleyball Battle on the Boardwalk and West Michigan Beach Volleyball Association scholarships recipient.

Favorite Sports Memory: Going to nationals 16s year in Florida

Family: Grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. Mom, Angie, Dad, John, and sister, Kendall.

Favorite Quote: "It's not about whether you get knocked down, it's about whether or not you get back up again"

Favorite Athlete: Lauren Stivrins

 

Neva Bergeman

Seasons at WJV: 1st Season

Coaching Experience: I have had experience coaching volleyball camps at my high school for grades 3rd-9th. I've coached these camps each summer for the past three years and have worked with many different age groups.

Playing Experience: I have played volleyball for about 10 years and am currently playing in college at Carthage College. I went to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School and played on the freshman, JV, and Varsity team. My final two years I played Varsity in high school and was captain of the varsity team my senior year. I played club throughout high school at Adversity Wisconsin VBC, Revolution Volleyball Academy, and Eclipse Volleyball Club. I have played both middle and right-side, but primarily am a right-side.

Education and Career: I graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in May of 2021 and currently am a student-athlete at Carthage College. I am currently undecided with my major, but am planning on pursuing a biology, psychology, or neuroscience major. With one of these majors I plan to follow a pre-occupation therapy track and eventually become an occupational therapist.

Family: When I am not at college I live with my parents Jay Bergemann and Tina Hill in Sussex, Wisconsin. I am the youngest of my family at 18 and have one older sister, Elizabeth, and a brother-in-law, Ben.

Awards & Accolades: On my two years of playing Varsity in high school I received the scholar-athlete award for the ECC conference each year. Our team also were conference champions both years and were State sectional finalists my junior year and regional finalists my senior year.

Favorite Sports Memory: My favorite memory as a player was the championship game of an adidas Presidents’ Day tournament during club my junior year at RVA. This game was so fun to play in and be a part of. The whole tournament we had been struggling with cohesiveness and finding our flow. We fought through to make it to the championship and during that game we played together more than we ever had before. We all flowed together so well and we finally were able to move and play as one unit. We battled and found spots aggressively however we lost the game in 5. Even though we didn’t win, that game remained as one of my favorite memories as we battled through adversity and even though we all struggled individually the power of the team won the day. Looking back that tournament taught me so much which is one of the things I love about volleyball. No matter what you do, you can always learn and grow and come out as a better player and person for it.

Favorite Quote: “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness over division, teamwork over personal ambition” or “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

Favorite Athlete: Dana Rettke

12-Local

CO HEAD COACH: Jason Horvath

CO HEAD COACH: Caroline Vowels


Jason's Bio

Seasons at WJV: 1st Season

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CAROLINE VOWELS

Seasons at WJV: 2nd

Coaching Experience: St. Anastasia Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic School, Carmel Catholic High School
Playing Experience: Carmel Catholic High School, Univeristy of Iowa

Education and Career: Univeristy of Iowa BS Microbiology, University of Illinois at Chicago Doctor of Dental Surgery, Private Practice General Dentist

Awards & Accolades:  Academic All Big Ten

Family: Husband, Jason, Daughters Charlotte, Whitney and Kaylee

Favorite Sports Memory: Watching my kids play

Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan