Colleen (Neels) Bayer, a former two-time All-Big Ten Conference setter for the Badgers, is in her fourth year as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.
Bayer was a four-year letterwinner with the Badgers from 1995-98. She played her first two seasons as a defensive specialist and back-up setter. Bayer took over the starting setter job as a junior and senior, earning All-Big Ten honors in 1997 and 1998. She was also a two-time AVCA All-District 2 selection and was named to the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams, leading the Badgers to top-eight finishes. Bayer was the Badgers' team captain in 1998 and also earned two Academic All-Big Ten honors. With Bayer setting, Wisconsin won the 1997 Big Ten Championship and finished second in 1998.
Following her collegiate career, Bayer played with the United States Professional Volleyball league. She was a member of the USPV Dream Team in 1999-2000. Bayer played professionally with USC-Muenster in Muenster, Germany, in 2000 before returning to play one year with the Minnesota Chill of the USPV. She served as the captain of the Chill, which won the 2002 USPV league title.
Bayer served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club in 1996 and with the Wisconsin Select Volleyball Club in 1997. In 2000, Bayer worked as an assistant coach with the 16-1 team of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club. Her team finished ninth in the country and won the AAU National Championship.
Bayer served as the head freshman coach and varsity assistant coach at St. Charles (Ill.) East High School in 2001, aiding the varsity squad to the Illinois state championship. Since 2002, she worked at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill., as a sales assistant and office manager.
A native of Pewaukee, Wis., and a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wis., Bayer graduated from Wisconsin in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. She and her husband, Dave are the parents of three children, Max (4), Ben (2) and Samantha (born April 2009).
THE COLLEEN BAYER FILE
Family: Husband: Dave; Children: Max (4), Ben (2) and Samantha (born April 2009)
Education: Bachelor's degree in human development and family studies,
Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, University of Wisconsin, 2005-present;
Head Freshman Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach, St. Charles East High School,
2001; Assistant Coach, Sports Performance Volleyball Club, 2000; Assistant
Coach, Wisconsin Select Volleyball Club, 1997; Assistant Coach, Milwaukee
Sting Volleyball Club, 1996
Playing Experience: University of Wisconsin, 1995-98, two-time All-Big Ten; USPV Dream Team, 1999-2000; USC-Muenster, Muenster, Germany, 2000; Minnesota Chill, USPV, 2002