2009 - Varsity Assistant Coach at Dordt College
2010 - Junior Varsity Head Coach/Varsity Assistant at Dordt College
2011- Varsity Assistant at Pipestone Area School
2012-2015 - Junior Varsity Coach at Burnsville High School
2016-Present- Varsity at Burnsville High School
2008-2010 Western Christian AAU (Won the Iowa State Championship in 2009-2010)
2011- Stillwater Area JO
2012- Pipestone Area JO
2013-2014, 2017-2018- Hammerheads JO
2018- Burnsville Thunder JO
1999-2006 Pipestone Area JO's
2007- Southwest MN Juniors
2004-2006 Pipestone Area High School
*2 year captain, Academic All State, 5th in State in 2005, 3rd in State in 2006
2007-2008 Dordt College
Relationships/Teamwork: The foundation of my coaching philosophy is the building of relationships and teamwork. As a teacher, I know the importance of building rapport to better understand the student-athlete’s abilities and their learning style. Each season will have a different look to it as the character of a team changes as its student-athletes change. I believe it is of the utmost importance to build relationships with not just the student-athletes, but also the parents and other staff immediately so we can all understand each other and work as a team for the greater good. Without this base, teamwork would be impossible.
Integrity & Character: As a coach, it is my responsibility to help mold the integrity and character of my student-athletes. This all begins by leading by example: with my own actions and words. Then, through the life-lessons, student-athletes can work on shaping their characters with good sportsmanship, honesty, responsibility, and a positive outlook on life.
Responsibility: The way “responsibility” is defined within my philosophy encompasses both players’ responsibilities on the court and in the classroom. Student-athletes must learn to be responsible for their actions and their words. Whether it is their attitude and effort or an assigned task, student-athletes under my watch are held to a higher standard when it comes to responsibility. They are held accountable by their teammates, their coaches and their teachers to be the best they can be.
Attitude & Effort: Once a foundation of good relationships, integrity and responsibility is built, attitude and effort fit right in to place. My passion and attitude is what fuels my team’s passion and attitude. I believe in the importance of letting my love for the sport flow out through my words and actions as I coach. Positive attitudes and hard work is contagious, and that is the atmosphere I strive for under my watch.
Student of the Game: I hold a firm belief in the idea that I am – and always will be – a student of the game. Learning new things to expand my own knowledge by collaborating with other coaches, reading articles or attending coaching clinics are just a few ways I continue to expand my knowledge of the sport I love. I also believe that the best way for my student-athletes to become better at the game is for them to become smarter with the game. My student-athletes are also students of the game. A strategy I am constantly using in practices and in games is “questioning”; asking them the big questions to help them understand the “why” of volleyball. The more they understand, the smarter they become and the better the player they will be.
Perseverance: Finally, perseverance is what it takes to get a team to the next level. A team willing to push through anything is a winning team. A coach must mentally prepare her team to deal with all of volleyball (and life’s) ups and downs. There is no such thing as a “perfect” season, a “perfect” game or a “perfect” practice. How we competitively persevere through those ups and downs is what build our character and make us stronger.