Aug. 20, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - In 2012, 11 former Badgers are in the college coaching ranks. First-year coaches include Kim Kuzma at Kent State and Allison Wack at Northwestern State.
Here is a look at the former Badgers and their teams for 2012. UWBadgers.com will be updating you on their teams as the 2012 season continues. Click on the school name to link to their website.
Amanda Berkeley is in her second year as assistant coach with Southern Mississippi. A 2008 UW graduate, Berkeley previously spent two years as a graduate assistant with the UW-Whitewater volleyball program. The Golden Eagles finished 17-15 last season, including 11-9 in Conference USA play.
Lizzy (Fitzgerald) Stemke
Lizzy Stemke enters her second season as head coach at the University of Georgia, following four years as assistant coach at Nebraska. Stemke’s bulldogs compiled an 11-19 record in her first season including a 7-13 record in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC features four teams ranked in the top 20 nationally to open the season, including No. 12 Florida State and No. 13 Kentucky. Stemke played for the Badgers from 1998-2001, leading Wisconsin to a national runner-up finish in 2000. She was a two-time All-American setter and the 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year.
Arlisa (Hagan) Williams
Arlisa Williams is in her seventh year as head coach at Georgetown. A 1993 graduate of UW, Williams has compiled a record of 69-103 in six seasons with the Hoyas, but has turned around a program that finished just 5-27 in 2007. Last season, Georgetown finished 14-13, including 5-9 in Big East Conference play. This season the Hoyas return all but two graduating seniors from last year’s roster.
Dawn Kelly Redd
Dawn Kelly Redd enters her sixth season as head coach of Beloit College. A walk-on at Wisconsin, Redd graduated from UW in 1997. Redd has led the Buccaneer Volleyball program to appearances in the Midwest Conference Tournament every season and the NCAA Tournament in 2010. The Buccaneers finished just 2-21 last season, but return three seniors and one junior this year.
Kim Kuzma enters her first year as assistant coach at Kent State after graduating from UW in 2011. Kuzma, who spent the last six seasons coaching at Munciana Volleyball Club, joins the staff of first-year coach Don Gromala at Kent State. The Golden Flash finished last season 12-19 overall including 5-11 in conference play. Kent State’s roster this season includes five freshmen, five sophomores and just one senior.
Colleen (Neels) Bayer
Colleen Bayer was named assistant coach at Georgia in May following seven years in the role at Wisconsin. Bayer was a four-year letter winner with the Badgers from 1995-98, winning a Big Ten Championship in 1997. The Bulldogs finished 11-19 last season while compiling a 7-13 record in the SEC.
Minnesota State Mankato
In her seventh season with the Minnesota State Mankato Volleyball program Lori Rittenhouse-Wollmuth has served as assistant coach since 2007. As a player, Rittenhouse-Wollmuth helped lead the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and an appearance in the 2000 NCAA Championship match. The Mavericks went 20-9 last season and open the 2012 season ranked No. 23 in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll.
Morgan Salow begins her second year as an assistant coach with the Gamecocks this season. Salow, who played for the Badgers from 2005-08, came to Jacksonville State after three years coaching for the Capital Volleyball Academy in Stoughton. The Gamecocks finished 11-19 last season, placing sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference. Jacksonville State will feature a young roster in 2012 including six freshmen, one being former Verona, Wis., stand-out Grace Anbouba.
Sheila Shaw is in her second year as volleyball director of operations at Wisconsin. Shaw played for the Badgers from 2002-05, earning third-team All-America honors in 2005. Prior to her role in the office at Wisconsin, Shaw spent time at Lewis University as a graduate assistant. With the Badgers, Shaw is in charge of team travel, budget oversight, supervising public service activities, coordinating summer camps and training tables, and scheduling of day-to-day activities of the Badger program.
Jackie Simpson is in her second year as assistant coach with East Carolina. A former All-American at Wisconsin, the 2008 graduate joined the Pirate staff in 2010 as a volunteer coach and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at ECU. The Pirates finished just 2-27 last year, but feature a roster this season with nine newcomers and only seven returning players.
A 2010 UW graduate, Allison Wack enters her first season as assistant coach at Northwestern State (La.) University. The Lady Demons finished the 2011 season 10-20, including an eighth place finish in the Southland Conference. Northwestern State features an extremely young roster though, including three freshmen, eighth sophomores and just one senior. The Lady Demons return all six starters from last season.