Seasons at WJV: 1st Season
Coaching Experience: 2017 Kenosha Christian Life JV Assistant Coach; 2013 summer league & practices for Kenosha Christian Life varsity team; 3 years of camp coach at Millburn Middle School
Playing Experience: High School - 4 year varsity starter at Kenosha Christian Life from 2009 - 2013; OH & backrow Club - Wisconsin Juniors 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s from 2008 - 2012; OH & backrow Intramurals in college
Education and Career: Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication, Bachelors in Finance/Economics - Wheaton College (Ill.), 2017. Played college golf here. Currently I am the Director of the Playing Member Division for the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Previously, I was a Tournament Manager & Regional Manager (South Central) for the American Junior Golf Association.
Awards & Accolades: Player - 2012 Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year; First- & Second-Team All Kenosha County; First- & Second-Team All Conference (Midwest Classic Conference); 1000 career digs; 2-year Varsity Captain; 2x Conference Champs; 2x Regional Champs
Family: My husband & I finally got married in August of 2021 after a long engagement due to COVID postponements! We currently live in Libertyville, IL, having moved from Atlanta in the spring of 2020. I am from Lake County, Ill. & brought him back to the Midwest to start our family here.
Favorite Sports Memory: I have two favorite memories. My first is during my junior year of high school volleyball in 2011. Kenosha Christian Life had never won a playoff game before, and to be honest the program wasn't great. My sophomore year we went on to win our first ever playoff game, and junior year we won the school's first volleyball Regional Championship. It was awesome to get to be a part of turning the program around and setting it up for success even after I graduated! My second favorite memory is winning my first tournament as a college golfer. Although winning was obviously a great feeling, the best part was that my dad wasn't originally going to make it but ended up surprising me on the first tee, so it was fun to share that moment with him.
Favorite Athlete: Rory McIlroy
I have been playing volleyball for 8 years now and the same amount of time at juniors.
My favorite sports memory is anytime that my team traveled together. We always have so much fun spending time in hotels.
I don’t really have a favorite athlete but I do admire the Nebraska volleyball team.
I decided to coach, because I have grown up with volleyball, and my coaches have made a huge impact on my life so I wanted to pay it forward to others.
How many years have you been playing volleyball? Years playing for Juniors?
Wisconsin Juniors has been my first and only club that I have played at, I have played with Wisconsin Juniors since I was 12 years old.
Favorite Sports Memory: My team rode on scooters last year in Indianapolis. My teammate Abby’s scooter died so I stayed back with her while our team kept going. We wanted to catch up to our team so her and I rode on my scooter at the same time and a few moments later we hit a crack and crashed. Afterwords, her and I went to my hotel room sneaking around the coaches so they wouldn’t find out and we stayed in my hotel room to look at the damage we took from the crash. We had to play the next day, and the amount of bandages we had on our knees were insane.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Why do you coach: Being the older kid in the gym, I love to witness the younger players play volleyball and ask questions for extra tips because they remind me of me when I was first starting volleyball and creating those first few core memories. Volleyball has become such a huge part of me and I don’t want to lose the huge impact it made on me.
I have been playing volleyball for 7 years and I have played at juniors for 6 of them.
My favorite sports memory was my first time going to nationals and going down the escalator seeing all of the courts. It felt unreal to be apart of it. My favorite quote is “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” - Michael Jordan. It reminds me that if I don’t hold myself accountable and create confidence in myself, I won’t get anywhere I want to be.
My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. I am not a huge basketball fan, but I had watched The Last Dance with my dad, and his mentality as a player inspired me and stayed with me.
I coach because I love this sport. The community and club is my favorite place to be. I love to watch the girls have fun and fall in love with the sport that I also love.