OUR COACHING STAFF

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CARLOS CRUZ

Club President

  • Carlos’ coaching background includes:

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

  • 15 years Vaqueros Club Director, currently Vaqueros Club President

  • 18 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.

Carlos is currently a physical education teacher at Hayes Middle School. He speaks Spanish fluently.

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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 8 years Varsity coaching experience with various schools.

  • 12 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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KEVIN PERHACH

15 Elite Coach

  • Kevin’s coaching background includes:

  • Former Wauwatosa East Boys Volleyball JV/Var Asst 2006-2012, with a WIAA State Title in 2006

  • Former 14-1’s Boys Coach for North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club 2006-2007

  • Former 15s/16s Boys Assistant Coach for Milwaukee Volleyball Club 2015-2016

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

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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ALEC LANNIGAN

14 Elite Coach

  • Alec's coaching background includes:

  • 7 years coaching club volleyball, 4th season coaching with 414 Milwaukee Elite!

  • 2 years Brookfield East High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Assistant Coach (current)

  • 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.

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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ALIINA KLATT

15 National Coach

  • Aliina's coaching background includes:

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

  • Former Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at MATC 

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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EMILY MAKINA

16 Elite Coach

  • Emily's coaching background includes:

  • 4 years of club coaching experience:   2nd year with 414 and 2 years in Menomonie and Eau Claire, WI. 

  • In 2021, Emily and her 15 Elite team finished in 5th place at AAU Nationals.

  • Emily also started and ran 414's Elite Sand League

Emily played four years of college volleyball (and two years of track and field) at UW-Stout. She also played all four years of high school volleyball and club!

Emily is a Special Education Teacher at Oak Creek High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in teaching from UW-Stout.

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ERIC SULLIVAN

12 Green Coach

Eric's coaching background includes:

  • 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

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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MATT SCHULTZ

17 Elite Coach

  • Matt’s coaching background includes:

  • 7 years coaching club volleyball

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

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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SAM ABBATE

13 Blue Coach

  • Sam's coaching background includes:

  • 7 years coaching club volleyball, 4th season with 414 Milwaukee Elite.

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

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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BRIAN KILLORAN

14 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).

  • Third year coaching club volleyball with 414 Milwaukee Elite.

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 the Athletic Director and a Science teacher at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee.

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LISA PUGEL

15 National Assistant Coach

  • Lisa's coaching background includes:

  • 20 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

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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WHITNEY HEIDEN

14 National & 17/18 National Coach

  • Whitney's coaching background includes:

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

  • 8 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

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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ANNE FREI

12 Green Coach

  • Anne's coaching background includes:

  • Coached club volleyball for almost 15 years at various age groups.  17/18s for 2 years, 16 for 2 years, 14s for 1 year, 12s for 4 years and youth/instructional for 3 years. 

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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KATIE MAKINA

12 Blue Coach

  • Katie's coaching background includes:

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

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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KATY MATOLA

13 Green Coach

  • Katy's coaching background includes:

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

  • 1 year coaching Jr. Spartan girls volleyball

  • She is CAP 1 certified.

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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DANIELLE MILLER

16 Blue Coach

  • Danielle's coaching background includes:

  • 3 years coaching club teams

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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KRIS OLSON

15 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.

  • This is Kris's first season coaching with 414 where his daughter formerly played before graduating!

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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MADISON JOHN

12 Blue Coach

  • This will be Madison's first year coaching with 414. She looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of the sport with youth players!

Madison played volleyball at Pius XI High school all 4 years and also played club volleyball. 

Madison is currently attending MATC pursing a degree in physical therapy. She also works part time at Lowes.

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STASIA KONSOER

15 Elite Assistant Coach

  • Stasia's coaching background includes:

  • Coming Soon

Stasia's Playing Background Coming Soon

Stasia's Education / Work Background Coming Soon

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MARISSA LAMBE

Club Director / Vice President

  • Marissa's background includes:

  • Started 414 Milwaukee Elite, Club Director 5 years.

  • 5 years of coaching club and recreation sports

  • Club operations director at Rev Volleyball Academy in Indianapolis

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.