North Star Volleyball Club: Coaches

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KaSandra Gehrke - 12's Head Coach

Hello! My name is KaSandra Gehrke. My athletes usually call me “Coach K”. I am currently a student at MATC. This is my last year at MATC and then I’m going to UW Madison for the Physical Education Bachelor’s degree. I have coached volleyball for four years now. I coached two years of 7th grade volleyball for DeForest and I also coached one year of 8th grade volleyball for Waunakee. I also coached freshman basketball for Sun Prairie last year and JV softball for Waunakee.

In high school I played all three sports. I was on varsity for three years for volleyball. My specialty was left-side hitting. I was MVP, offensive player of the year, and captain my senior year of volleyball. I still play during the week on a women’s league for MSCR. Volleyball has been a big part of my life and I look forward to coaching for North Star!

Expections:

  1. Please try to come to every practice and be on time. If you are going to miss a practice or a game make sure you let me know right away.
  2. Always ask me if you have any questions or concerns about something. I have an “open door” policy and I’m always willing to talk to an athlete when they need to.
  3. A good attitude is a must! You will always play better when you are not upset. So please leave your attitude/outside issues behind when you step into the gym!

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Mike Miller - 12's Asst. Coach

Hello volleyball enthusiasts! My name is Mike Miller, I am a director with North Star VBC and an assistant coach for our 12s & 15s teams. I am from Southern California and grew up near the beach, so it was natural that my friends and I started playing sand volleyball. I Played varsity in high school as a OH & DS and followed with many co-ed leagues over the years.

I have coached 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th grade girls volleyball for the past 5 years and have really enjoyed seeing the kids continue to make new milestones in their volleyball careers.

I want every player this season to realize their potential - to be able to look back at the end of the season and say... "wow, I've improved alot!".

To do this players need to :

  • work hard for the entire practice
  • get plenty of rest at night
  • eat healthy foods & hydrate - fuel your vball game
  • keep a positive frame of mind - improving your skills take time
  • stay in the moment - focus on the next play not the past
  • don't worry about mistakes at practices or tournaments - let the coaches fix that
  • give it 110% and leave the rest on the court

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Ali Waller - 13's Head Coach

Hello everyone, my name is Ali Waller. I am originally from Abbotsford, Wi. I have been playing volleyball since the 7th grade. I played throughout high school both regular season and club volleyball. I’ve played club volleyball with Medford Storm VBC and Central Wisconsin VBC. I continued to play volleyball at Madison College in 2008 and 2010 as a defensive specialist.

This is my third season with North Star volleyball club, I previously coached 13s & 14s teams.  I also coached Monona Grove’s freshman volleyball team this season. I continue to play volleyball recreationally and have a tremendous passion for the sport. I look forward to sharing my passion and love for the volleyball with young athletes.


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Kris Hoffman - 13's Asst. Coach

 Hello! My name is Kris Hoffman. I am assistant coaching the 13's team this year. I played volleyball for West Grant High School in Patch Grove, Wisconsin. I have continued to play in tournaments and in women's and co-ed leagues. I have passed my love for the sport on to my daughter who is now on the North Star 13's team.

I am looking forward to helping the girls develop knowledge and skills of the game. I want to encourage them to not only work hard and be competitive, but to also have a lot of fun!




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Scott Weigmann - 14's Head Coach (White)

Hi my name is Scott Wiegmann. I grew up in Illinois and have lived in DeForest since 2001. In high school I lettered in football, wrestling, and track. I coached 5th / 6th grade wrestling and also was a referee for 3 years. Since high school, I continue to stay active by participating in marathons and triathlons including Ironman Wisconsin in 2013. As far as volleyball is concerned, I have played in many sand and indoor volleyball leagues and tournaments for the past 20 years.

This is my first season as an assistant coach for the U13 team with the North Star Volleyball Club. I really enjoy seeing kids grow and helping improve their skills as the season progresses. It’s my goal to make the sport fun and hopefully inspire a love for volleyball where they can take their game to the next level.


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Laura Rader - 14's Asst. Coach (White)

Hello, I'm Laura Rader assistant coach with the 14s White team. I have enjoyed playing volleyball for about 20 years. This is my first year coaching. I am looking forward to being a  part of the team now in the role in which I can share my knowledge and love for the game.

I believe that playing together as a team is a key to success. My goal is to help the athletes continue to develop their skills and foster a positive team environment.




Coach NameKatie Poch - 14's Head Coach (Pink)

Hello Volleyball enthusiasts!! My name is Katie Poch and I am from Beaver Dam, WI. I played volleyball throughout high school along with playing six years of club volleyball at the regional and national levels. I coached YMCA and middle school volleyball teams throughout my high school and college years. I continue to play volleyball recreationally in many different leagues.

I am very excited to be spending my first year with the North Star Volleyball Club as the U-14s Pink team’s head coach. I am motivated to help the girls improve this season as much as they possibly can in all the different skills of a volleyball player. I hope to instill the love and passion for volleyball that I have for the sport in all of my players and to teach them the skills to be able to play volleyball at the next level!


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Bri Schultz- 14's Asst. Coach (Pink)

Hi everyone! My name is Brianna but I usually go by Bri. I'm an assistant coach for the 14's Pink Team this year. I am originally from DeForest and I am now attending Madison College for Liberal Arts. I played volleyball throughout high school, as well as track and field, and I also played for North Star as a middle blocker and my senior year of volleyball, I played as a right side hitter! Now that my volleyball career is over, I've decided to pursue my love for the game by helping girls who were just like me! I hope that I can help the girls learn this great sport and bring out their full potential.


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KaSandra Gehrke - 15's Head Coach (White)

Hello! My name is KaSandra Gehrke. My athletes usually call me “Coach K”. I am currently a student at MATC. This is my last year at MATC and then I’m going to UW Madison for the Physical Education Bachelor’s degree. I have coached volleyball for four years now. I coached two years of 7th grade volleyball for DeForest and I also coached one year of 8th grade volleyball for Waunakee. I also coached freshman basketball for Sun Prairie last year and JV softball for Waunakee.

In high school I played all three sports. I was on varsity for three years for volleyball. My specialty was left-side hitting. I was MVP, offensive player of the year, and captain my senior year of volleyball. I still play during the week on a women’s league for MSCR. Volleyball has been a big part of my life and I look forward to coaching for North Star!

Expections:

  1. Please try to come to every practice and be on time. If you are going to miss a practice or a game make sure you let me know right away.
  2. Always ask me if you have any questions or concerns about something. I have an “open door” policy and I’m always willing to talk to an athlete when they need to.
  3. A good attitude is a must! You will always play better when you are not upset. So please leave your attitude/outside issues behind when you step into the gym!

Coach Name

Mike Miller - 15's Asst. Coach (White)

Hello volleyball enthusiasts! My name is Mike Miller, I am a director with North Star VBC and an assistant coach for our 12s & 15s teams. I am from Southern California and grew up near the beach, so it was natural that my friends and I started playing sand volleyball. I Played varsity in high school as a OH & DS and followed with many co-ed leagues over the years.

I have coached 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th grade girls volleyball for the past 5 years and have really enjoyed seeing the kids continue to make new milestones in their volleyball careers.

I want every player this season to realize their potential - to be able to look back at the end of the season and say... "wow, I've improved a lot!".

To do this players need to :

  • work hard for the entire practice
  • get plenty of rest at night
  • eat healthy foods & hydrate -fuel your vball game
  • keep a positive frame of mind - improving your skills take time
  • stay in the moment - focus on the next play not the past
  • don't worry about mistakes at practices or tournaments - let the coaches fix that
  • give it 110% and leave the rest on the court

Coach Name

Ali Waller - 15s Head Coach (Pink)

Hello everyone, my name is Ali Waller. I am originally from Abbotsford, Wi. I have been playing volleyball since the 7th grade. I played throughout high school both regular season and club volleyball. I’ve played club volleyball with Medford Storm VBC and Central Wisconsin VBC. I continued to play volleyball at Madison College in 2008 and 2010 as a defensive specialist.

This is my second season with North Star volleyball club, I previously coached one of the 14s teams in 2011. I also coached Monona Grove’s freshman volleyball team this season. I continue to play volleyball recreationally and have a tremendous passion for the sport. I look forward to sharing my passion and love for the volleyball with young athletes.


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Liz Michelson - 15's Asst. Coach (Pink)

Hello, my name is Liz Michelsen and I am the Assistant Coach for the 15's pink team.  I am a Wisconsin native who has a strong love for volleyball.  I have been playing the game for over 25 years and my love for the game still continues through adult recreational leagues and tournaments.  

Right now I am enrolled as a full-time at Madison College for Therapeutic Massage and before this I was an Early-Childhood teacher for over 17 years.  I worked in childcare centers and with the School District of Poynette 4-K program.  This shows that working with children and the youth is really second nature to me.  

What I hope to bring to the the club is my strong belief in working as a team and I hope that my unwavering positivity will at the least, be contagious.

 


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Anna Williams - 17's Head Coach

Hi, my name is Anna Williams!  I am currently working on my PhD in astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I grew up in Northfield, MN where I started playing volleyball in 6th grade.  When I got to high school, I became a 3 season athlete.  I played volleyball in the fall, weightlifted competitively in the winter, and did both pole vaulting and ultimate frisbee in the spring.  I got my bachelors degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and was a defensive specialist on their DIII varsity volleyball team all 4 years. 

Since moving to Madison, I have continued to play volleyball in a variety of leagues around the city and through the University.  This will be my second year coaching with the North Star Volleyball Club.  After a 1 year hiatus, I am excited to be coaching again, and am eager to pass on the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the years for a sport that is very near and dear to my heart!

 


Dan Szafir - 17's Asst. Coach

Hi! I'm Dan Szafir, a Ph.D. student working with robotics at UW-Madison. I grew up in Essex, Vermont, mainly playing hockey, baseball, and tennis, because sadly there wasn't any volleyball in the area :( I got my bachelor's degrees in History and Computer Science from Boston College, where I first started taking up volleyball, while also doing some triathlon training.

Since moving to Madison, I've gotten more and more involved in volleyball and I play in a number of leagues around Madison and the University, primarily as a middle hitter. I also occasionally play in the San Francisco Bay area during work travels. This will be my first year coaching with the North Star Volleyball Club, and I am very excited to work with the players to build skills, knowledge, and love of the game!


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Randi Brown - 17's Asst. Coach

Hi all! My name is Randi Brown. I am originally from Cottage Grove, WI.
I am married with three children and I share my volleyball passion with my husband. Together, we play volleyball three to four nights a week. Our daughter is playing volleyball with North Star VBC this coming season.

I have been playing volleyball since 7th grade and continue to play in tournaments and on Co-ed and Woman’s leagues. I will be an assistant coach on the 15’s team. I am excited to continue coaching with North Star VBC and look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of the game!!