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414 ELITE COACHING STAFF

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CARLOS CRUZ

Club President

Carlos’ coaching background includes:

  • Former head coach of Puerto Rico Women's National Team

  • 17 years Vaqueros Club Director, currently Vaqueros Club President

  • 20 years coaching boys and girls club teams, 5 national championships

  • Club Director at Rev Volleyball Academy in Indianapolis

Carlos played for the Puerto Rico professional league 97-99, played in college for Central University (PR) and is a two time All American.

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PHIL LAMBE

Club Director & 18 Elite Coach

Phil's coaching background includes:

  • Current Brookfield East High School Girl's Varsity Volleyball Head Coach, total of 10 years Varsity coaching experience with various schools.

  • 14 years coaching boys and girls club teams, two bronze finishes at Nationals in the Open division – two National team players

  • Coached with collegiate and professional programs

Phil played for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men’s team for four years, on a national qualifying club team for four years, and was a 4 year Varsity starter in High School, graduating from Franklin High School.

Phil has a Bachelor of Science in Education with licenses in K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, Adaptive Physical Education and Coaching. He is currently the Health and Physical Education department head and teacher at Golda Meir High School.

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ALEC LANNIGAN

Assistant Director & 17 Elite Coach

Alec's coaching background includes:

  • 9 years coaching club volleyball

  • 3 years Brookfield East High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Assistant Coach

  • 3 years Head Varsity Coach Whitefish Bay Boys Volleyball (3 Sectional Runner-Ups, 1 Conference Championship), 3 years coaching Whitefish Bay Middle School girls volleyball

  • He is CAP II certified.

  • 6th season coaching with 414!

Alec was a 4 year Varsity middle at Manheim Central High School in Pennsylvania and played three years of club volleyball.

 

Alec previously attended West Chester University to begin a degree in Secondary Education and is currently a restaurant/bar manager in Mequon. He's happily married and enjoys cooking and watching Philly sports in his spare time!

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KEVIN PERHACH

15 Elite Coach

Kevin’s coaching background includes:

  • 17 years coaching volleyball

    Current Wauwatosa East Boys Volleyball Varsity Assistant Coach. Also coached with this program from 2006-2012, with a WIAA State Title in 2006

  • Former Boys Coach for North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club

  • Junior Raiders Girls 5-7th Grade Coach (Badger Region Youth Volleyball League) 2017-2021

  • 5th year coaching with 414!

Kevin played 4 years as a setter at Clarke College, a NCAA DIII school at the time (1998-2001).  Appeared in two DIII Final Four tournaments.  3 year varsity player for Wauwatosa East High School as a setter (’94-’96), with a State Title in ‘96.  Earned two first team all conference and two first team all state selections ’95-’96.  Played 5 years with North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club (’93-’97)

 

Kevin is married, with three children and lives in Wauwatosa, WI.  He is currently the Pharmacy Business Manager for Froedtert Health, Inc.

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ERIC SULLIVAN

14 Blue Coach

Eric's coaching background includes:

  • 21 years coaching volleyball

  • Former Marquette University High School Boys Volleyball Head Coach - 2007-2020

    • 12x Greater Metro Champs,14x Sectional Champs, 3x State Runner-Up and 6x State Champs

  • Former 18-1’s Boys Coach for North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club - 2002 - 2006

    • Finished top 5 in the Open Division from 2003-2006 (2003 - 2nd, 2004 - 2nd, 2005 - 3rd, 2006 - 5th)

  • Junior Spartans Girls 6th Grade Coach (Badger Region Youth Volleyball League) 2020-current

  • 3rd season coaching with 414!

Eric was voted the Most Valuable Player in the State of Wisconsin in 1991.  He played 4 years as a middle blocker at Ball State University, a NCAA DI school in Muncie, Indiana (1993-1996).  Eric appeared in three D1 Final Fours in 1993, 1994 and 1996.  He played with North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club in 1992 and was coached by Jim Plaisted and Mike Fried.
 

Eric is married, with two children and lives in Elm Grove, WI.  He is currently the principal of Fairview Elementary School in Milwaukee.

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CULLEN LIBERSKI

Coach

Cullen's coaching background includes:

  • 8 years of coaching experience

  • 5 years as Varsity Assistant Coach at Germantown High School.

  • Marian University Women’s Assistant head coach in 2019.

  • Lakeland University Men’s
    Assistant head coach 2020.

  • Current Assistant Coach for Concordia University women’s volleyball team. 3rd year with the program.

  • 4th season coaching with 414!

Cullen played on Marian University's Men's team. 4-time varsity starting Libero. 2-time Conference Defensive Player of the Year. 3x All-Conference Player. 2019 All-American. All-Time NCAA Career Digs and Digs per Set record holder. He played club at MVC and High School Germantown HS 3 – Year Varsity Player. 2-time 1st Team All Conference Libero

Cullen is a Commercial Lines Underwriter at Acuity Insurance.

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ANNE FREI

12 Blue Coach

Anne's coaching background includes:

  • 17 years coaching club at various age groups including youth/instructional.

  • 3rd season coaching with 414!

Anne played volleyball for UW-Lacrosse as well as Ripon High School including a State Championship and Runner Up. She also played 2 years of club volleyball. 

Anne has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physiology with a Chemistry minor from the University of Minnesota. She runs the radiation oncology research lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the effects of radiation treatment on normal and cancerous tissues and has been doing this for 18 years.

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ALIINA KLATT

14 Elite Coach

Aliina's coaching background includes:

  • 10 years of coaching experience (club, high school and college)

  • Former Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at MATC 

  • 6th season coaching with 414!

Aliina played for 4 years on Bradley University's club volleyball team and Oak Creek High School's Varsity team (Second Team All-Conference). She also played club for 7 years.


Aliina works for her family's business in the wealth management department. 

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WHITNEY HEIDEN

17 National Coach

Whitney's coaching background includes:

  • 7 years Varsity Assistant Coach with Brookfield East Boys Volleyball. 3 years to state with 2 of them ending in Semi Final matches!

  • 10 years of coaching Club

  • 4 years Head 7th & 8th Grade Coach for KM Youth Program

  • 6 Years Varsity Assistant Coach for Watertown High School Girls Soccer

  • CAP 1 Certified

  • 3rd season coaching with 414!

Whitney played 5 years of club volleyball for River City and played volleyball and soccer in high school. She also continued to play in multiple co-ed and women’s volleyball leagues over the years.

Whitney graduated from UW-Whitewater with a minor in Coaching and major in Special Education. She currently works at Rogers Behavioral Health as a Behavioral Specialist.

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MATT SCHULTZ

16 Elite Coach

Matt’s coaching background includes:

  • 9 years coaching club volleyball

  • 7 years assistant varsity coach for Germantown boys volleyball (one state championship)

  • 6th season coaching with 414!

Matt was a 4 year varsity starter at Germantown High School and played club volleyball for four years with North Shore/MVC. 

Matt is an Events Coordinator for his company.

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BRIAN KILLORAN

15 Blue Coach

Brian's coaching background includes:

  • Over a dozen seasons coaching youth sports including volleyball, basketball and softball.

  • Middle School Volleyball coach at St. Alphonsus school (4 years).

  • 5th season coaching with 414!

Brian was a multi-sport athlete with over 20 years playing in competitive basketball leagues, over 5 years playing in competitive volleyball leagues, over 15 years of competing in triathlons. He was a football, basketball and track athlete in High School.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Marquette University with a Teaching Certification from UWM. He is certified to teach Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science.

 

He is currently a Pre-AP and AP Biology teacher at Franklin High School.

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KRISTIN THOMPSON

18 Elite Assistant Coach

Kristin's coaching background includes:

  • 3 years coaching experience

  • 1st season coaching with 414!

Kristin played for the UW Eau Claire Women’s Club team for 3 years. She earned a National Championship title in 2022 along with First Team All American, two time First Team All State and Rookie of the year. She has been playing for 12 years.

Kristin graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a major in Marketing with an emphasis in professional sales and a Minor in Econ.

 

She currently works as a Client Success Manager at 2W Technologies in Pewaukee. She balances her priorities between family, work and her love for volleyball. (Ask to see her 2 Bernese Mountain Dog nephews!)

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STASIA KONSOER

15 Elite Assistant Coach

Stasia's coaching background includes:

  • 3rd season coaching club volleyball and with 414!

Stasia played as an Outside/Right side hitter at Milwaukee School of
Engineering (MSOE) and Plainfield North High School. She played club volleyball for 6 years. She currently plays in multiple competitive adult volleyball leagues near Milwaukee.

Stasia is currently a grad student at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) going for a master's degree in Civil Engineering. She works part-time at Lakeside Engineers.

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KATIE MAKINA

13 Elite Coach

Katie's coaching background includes:

  • Current JV Volleyball Coach at South Milwaukee High School.

  • 3 years Junior Varsity Head Coach at West Allis Central High School.

  • 3rd season coaching with 414!

Katie played volleyball all four years of high school and played club volleyball. She also plays in sand volleyball leagues all over Milwaukee. 

Katie went to Marquette University and has a Bachelor of Science in Education & Broad Field Science degree. She works as a high school science teacher at West Allis Central High School.

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KRIS OLSON

16 Blue Coach

Kris's coaching background includes:

  • Coached the 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball team at Star of Bethlehem during 2015 and 2016 seasons including a 2nd place finish at State.

  • 3rd season coaching with 414!

Kris played competitive sand and indoor volleyball around Milwaukee and was on the golf and track teams in high school.

Kris works for Watson Health Imaging as a System Engineer on a Hemodynamics monitoring and charting medical system. He is a Veteran of the US Navy where he trained as an Electronics Technician.  His primary duties were maintenance and repair of communications and air navigation systems on two air craft carriers.
 

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KATY MATOLA

13 Blue Coach

Katy's coaching background includes:

  • Katy was named the Badger Region 12s Coach of the Year in 2023!

  • 3 years coaching Elmbrook Boys 6th or 7th grade teams

  • 2 year coaching Jr. Spartan girls volleyball

  • She is CAP 1 certified.

  • 3rd year coaching with 414!

Katy played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years in high school.  She played two years in college and continues to play competitive sand and indoor volleyball.

 

Katy has a Bachelor in Sociology from UW-Madison. She is the Operations Director for Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin.  

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TRICIA MALLETT

14 Blue Assistant Coach

Tricia's coaching background includes:

  • Tricia was most recently a coach, mentor and referee for The TransCenter for Youth & Escuela Verde volleyball teams.

  • 1st year coaching with 414!

Tricia played volleyball at UW-Eau Claire. After college she moved to Milwaukee and joined the Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby team where she was a captain, coach, and member of the travel team.

Tricia is a Global Solutions Design Manager at American Express, Volleyball is her #1 passion and she leads with a BELIEVE motto.

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BEN SCHROER

14 Elite & 16 Elite Assistant Coach

Ben's coaching background includes:

  • 3 years coaching club teams.

  • 2 years coaching boy's high school teams

  • 1st season coaching with 414!

Ben played for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men's team for 3 years. He continues to play in multiple co-ed and men's volleyball leagues and tournaments during the year.

Ben graduated from UW-Whitewater with a major in Economics and a Minor in Data Analyst. He currently works as an Inventory Coordinator for WILO USA.

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OLYVIA WILLIAMS

12 Green Coach

Olyvia's coaching background includes:

  • Current St. Alphonsus Girl's Volleyball Coach 

  • Experience coaching recreational and middle school teams as well as club summer camps.

  • 1st season coaching with 414!

Olyvia plays on the MATC Women's Volleyball team. She previously played club here at 414 and for Cudahy High School. 

 

Olyvia attends MATC and is pursuing a degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. 

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JENNA SUDA

12 Blue & 12 Green Assistant Coach

Jenna's coaching background includes:

  • Jenna has assisted with youth volleyball clinics and camps.

  • 1st season coaching with 414!

Jenna played club for 7 years and all throughout high school. She played at Capital University before transferrinng to UW-Whitewater where she played on the Women's Club Volleyball team.

 

Jenna has a Bachelors of Science in Geography and a minor in Environmental Studies from UW-Whitewater. She is.a Data Reporting Analyst for ESG & EHS.

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JESSICA PEDERSEN

17 Elite Assistant Coach

Jessica's coaching background includes:

  • 1st season coaching with 414!

  • She brings a deep understanding of the game and a commitment to fostering a love for volleyball within each player. She is dedicated to helping players develop their skills, build confidence, and foster a strong team spirit.

Jessica played 5+ years of volleyball throughout middle school and high school.

 

Jessica has a degree in Applied Health Science and a degree in Spanish. She has worked in a variety of different fields of science and health services. 

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DANIELLE MILLER

Coach

Danielle's coaching background includes:

  • 3 years coaching club teams

  • 2nd season coaching with 414!

Danielle played for St.Thomas More High School and was a 4 year starter. She was First Team All-Conference as an Outside Hitter. She also played club volleyball for 8 years.

 

Danielle graduated from UW-Whitewater with a major in Business Management and also obtained her Master's Degree in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. She works for Children's Wisconsin as a Patient Access Supervisor.

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LISA PUGEL

Coach

Lisa's coaching background includes:

  • 21 years of club volleyball coaching experience

  • 5 years of varsity high school coaching experience

  • Directed & coached two middle school programs - 2 Seton final 4 finishes

  • Additional 7 years of coaching high school softball alongside other youth sports

  • Cap I & II certified

  • 4 appearances in championship matches at Navy Pier Asics

  • 3 Badger Region championship titles 

  • 8-year athletic board member roles alongside athletic finance committees

  • 5th season coaching with 414!

Lisa has played and coached volleyball for over 27 years. In addition to coaching, directing, and developing programs at the middle school level, she has spent a majority of her career coaching and mentoring varsity high school athletes.

Lisa is happily married, mother to four amazing children. All very skilled volleyball players themselves! She enjoys supporting them both on and off the court.

 

She is responsible for directing a very successful wealth, accounting and tax advisory firm in the City of South Milwaukee, a family-owned business established in 1989.

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SAM ABBATE

Coach

Sam's coaching background includes:

  • 9 years coaching club volleyball

  • 1 year coaching St. John's Glendale Middle School team.

  • 6th season coaching with 414!

Sam played collegiate volleyball for Concordia University as an outside hitter. She played 4 years of high school volleyball, basketball, and track and received the All-Conference Award for academics and athletics.  

Sam has a BA in Elementary Education from Concorida University. She is currently a 2nd grade teacher at HOPE Fidelis

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MARISSA LAMBE

Club Director / Vice President

Marissa's background includes:

  • Started 414 Milwaukee Elite, Club Director 7 years.

  • 5 years of coaching club and recreation sports

Marissa was a multi-sport athlete in high school and did club gymnastics for over 10 years. Her and her husband play in competitive adult volleyball leagues around Milwaukee.

Marissa graduated from Franklin High School. She has a Master of Business degree from Alverno and a Bachelor of Business, HR Management from UW-Milwaukee. Marissa currently works in Human Resources at Northwestern Mutual.

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