Coach Denae Buss is a Co-Director and helped start the D-League Volleyball Program. Denae will begin her 7th year as Cedar Catholic’s Head Coach this fall, leading the Team to 4 state appearances, two State Runner up titles and a 4th place finish. Previously, she also was an assistant coach for Stanton high school for 2 seasons after finishing her collegiate career. Coach Buss also has been Cedar Catholic’s head junior high coach for the past 5 seasons and works with many youth through volunteer programs she puts on at the school. Denae has also been actively involved in club volleyball for the past 5 years running and coaching her own club, Nebraska Edge, for 5-12 grades and with NE Power for One season.
Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwistle is a Co-Director and helped start the D-League Volleyball Program. Tracy has coached youth volleyball since 1994 starting at Leigh and then the last 16 years at Stanton believing in strong fundamentals is the key ingredient at an early age. She is currently the Assistant Coach for Northeast CC Volleyball program. Tracy also brings to the skills camp her experience at the high school level being a head coach for 7 years between Allen High School and Stanton Community School which lead programs to 5 State Tournament appearances in which Stanton program captured State Champion, State Runner-up and State 3rd place twice. Tracy also has experience in junior high and high school club volleyball with Stanton Jrs and NE Power. Tracy has a proven track record in building a team culture, coaching sound fundamentals with her knowledge of the game as a collegiate player and truly believes in preparing athletes to succeed as adults with the life lessons learned through the process.
Teresa has been involved with club volleyball for 26 years in Northeast Nebraska. Coaching junior high and elementary for Battle Creek Juniors, and junior high and high school for Stanton Juniors, along with teams from NE Power. Her success over her 24 years as the head coach at Battle Creek believed in a program based on strong fundamentals, hard work, team first concept and a family atmosphere. At Battle Creek lead teams to 3 State appearances. Teresa also has 2 years of experience at Stanton as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with an emphasis on setter’s training, and contributed to Stanton’s State appearance with the captured of State 3rd Place.
Coach Luettel is currently in her 4th season as head coach for Boone Central High School. Jordynn currently works within her high school and youth volleyball programs to instill fundamentals at a young age. Coach Luettel brings 4 years of club coaching experience prior to becoming a head coach. Her club experience comes from metro clubs such as Performance Volleyball Club (Omaha), Electric Force Volleyball Club (Omaha), as well as coaching 17U Waverly Jrs while playing collegiate volleyball. Jordynn played 2 years of collegiate volleyball at Doane University where they made nationals both years. Her philosophy is to grow each athlete as a person by emphasizing how sports can teach athletes discipline, respect, character and life lessons that will be used not only on the court, but after you have hung up your jersey.
She then took a teaching job at Leigh with the opportunity to coach varsity volleyball for 3 years. She also was the varsity coach the first year of the Clarkson/Leigh COOP. While being a head coach, Coach Hollatz was hands on with the youth programs focusing on girls feeling the love for volleyball through fundamentals and success. The past 8 years she has stayed current with the game of volleyball by being a varsity ref. Coach Hollatz played at the collegiate level and developed more of a sense of the game. Her philosophy for volleyball is fundamentals and knowledge of the game, along with hard work and dedication, will go a long way and lead to greatness.
Coach Zach Weber is in his first year as Pierce’s head coach. Prior to his head coaching duties, he served as assistant coach for four years, which included a district finals appearance. Zach has also been actively involved in youth and high school club activities along with his wife Brittany who is the club director in Pierce.
Coach Maggie Earney is currently the Assistant Volleyball Coach for Wakefield High School. She played her college volleyball for two years at Northeast CC and then transferred on for two more at Iowa Wesleyen! After playing at Iowa Wesleyen, Maggie also was the Assistant Coach for two years. Throughout her high school and college careers, Maggie has assisted with many youth camps and clubs. She strives to teach her players the lessons and love for the game that she has learned over the years!
Coach Brittany Eisenmann is currently in her first year as head coach at Wakefield Community Schools. Prior to this position, she was the assistant high school volleyball coach and head junior high coach for the last two years. Coach Eisenmann also has experience with youth and club volleyball teams as she has coached for NENP for one year and has been involved in developmental youth programs. Brittany played 2 years of collegiate volleyball at Northeast Community College. Coach Eisenmann’s coaching philosophy is based on the thought of using sports to teach just as much about life as it does competition.
Coach Fisher comes with 21 years of coaching experience. She started as a club coach while she was playing collegiate volleyball at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Coach Fisher also has head coaching experience at the high school and junior high levels. She knows first hand how important it is to develop strong fundamentals at the younger ages so these athletes can have success at the high school level. Coach Fisher fell in love with the game of volleyball in 7th grade and she aspires to encourage that passion to the next generation of volleyball players. Northeast Nebraska has a deep culture of volleyball talent and Coach Fisher is excited to be a part of continuing that tradition.
Coach Julie Kvols has completed her 4th year as LCC head volleyball coach, during that time competing in a district final match last year. Julie enjoys helping teach fundamental volleyball to all ages including the Laurel youth program. She has helped with this program for 10+ years. I am excited for this opportunity to coach club volleyball as these are some of the best memories of playing volleyball. I believe athletics gives adolescents an opportunity to instill good work ethics, accountability, and teamwork to help turn our youth into successful adults.
Coach Jessica Eriksen just finished her 4th year at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge with head coach Julie Kvols. They have turned the program around and finished 3rd and 2nd, respectively, as well as a District runner-up finish in 2019. She has experience coaching youth fundamentals and club volleyball. Coach Eriksen played college volleyball for the Wayne State Wildcats. Her philosophy is to help give players the tools they need in order to be successful on and off the court. She is passionate about building a team culture based on hard work, character, and discipline. Her mission is to create the best experience for every athlete and help lead them to a successful future!
Coach Tabitha Kander has coached club volleyball for Nebraska Power for the last 5 years. This last season, she was also a volunteer assistant coach for Stanton High School. She has experience with youth volleyball as she has been involved in youth programs throughout her high school and college years. Tabitha played 2 years of collegiate volleyball at Northeast Community College. She strives to teach players the importance of fundamentals, hard work and dedication!
Coach Susan Lindsley is currently an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Humphrey St. Francis. During the 4 years with the Flyers, Coach Lindsley helped lead the team to 3 State appearances, including a Runner-up and 3rd place title. Prior to her years of coaching, Susan attended Doane University and became the first Tiger to be a 4 Time Volleyball All-American. Through her time playing on the collegiate level and coaching the Flyers, Coach Lindsley has learned the importance of fundamentals. She believes that any athlete that presents a coachable attitude and willingness to learn will have the ability rise to a greater level on the court and in their life.
Coach Jessie Brandl has been competing in volleyball since 3rd grade. She played for the Stanton Mustangs all four years of high school, earning appearances at the state volleyball tournament. The team finished runner up her freshman year, state champs sophomore year, and junior and senior year 3rd place. She competes at a college level for the Wayne State Wildcats as a libero/defensive specialist/ OH. She loves the game of volleyball and she hopes to carry on the tradition of love towards volleyball from the youth. She is very excited to meet new faces and have fun with the game of volleyball.
Coach Hansen has coached youth since she graduated high school. The last 2 years she has coached for an AAU league out of Iowa. Her teams made state both years. She has great experience coaching 8th grade club teams and youth. She also has experience with Siouxland Youth Athletics league and Dakota Valley League. She graduated from Wayne state with an elementary education degree and loves teaching, so why not mix the two things I love- volleyball and teaching. She wants to teach players the importance of leadership, cooperation, and perseverance.
Coach Katie Wright Oswald just completed her 11th season as a high school volleyball coach. She has coached at the C1, B, and A levels with experiences at Syracuse, Raymond Central, Omaha Mercy, and most recently Norfolk Public. In addition to coaching at the high school levels, Coach Wright also has coached club seasons in the Omaha Metro area and made appearances at Nationals in Orlando, Florida with her teams. What she values most about coaching are the relationships she has formed with her players and coaching staff. She is looking forward to continuing to develop the skills of the talented athletes in Northeast Nebraska.
Coach Jenna McCleary has spent the past three years as the Norfolk High Assistant High School Volleyball Coach. She has been playing and training since she was in the 6th grade. Currently she is taking online courses from Gold Medal Squared as well as attending other coaching clinics throughout the past four years.
Coach Osten began her coaching career oh so long ago. She started at Leigh High School as an assistant Varsity Coach, where she was part of the staff for several years. During her 18+ years of coaching in the Leigh/Creston area she worked with the youth developing their skills and cultivating a passion for the game. Over the years of building her Coaching knowledge she has been involved with Omaha area Club programs, coaching for 3 years at the 15-17s level. Most recently she coached a local club team (Future Stars) for the last 3 years and she continues to stay active as a Freshmen and JV Ref the last 6 years. With a driven appetite to promote staying active, her viewpoint for the game is structured fundamentals and evolving individual strengths to build a successful Team. She enjoys working with the Youth and believes that involved and guided Youth are our invested leaders.
Coach Nancy Prauener brings a great amount of experience to our program. She has been helping with all levels of volleyball for over 14 years, including high school, junior high and multiple clubs.
Coach Alisha Siebrandt was the Assistant Coach at Stanton High School for 9 years. She helped the Mustangs capture their State Championship, State Runner-Up and two 3rd place titles. Having been coaching and on the Head Committee for Youth VB at Stanton for 9 years. As well as coaching club VB at Stanton for 10 years.
Coach Cameryn Jones just finished her second season as the Junior Varsity Coach for Norfolk High School. My love for volleyball started at a very young age. I started playing volleyball when I was 6 years old. During her time in college, she coached Nebraska ONE volleyball for two years (12u and 13u). As a coach, she thinks it is very important to develop the whole player, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Coach Jones is excited to get our season underway!
Coach Taylor Thompson coached with Nebraska Power for one year and is in her second year coaching a junior high winter league team. Thompson graduated from Norfolk Senior High in 2015, then played 3 years at Grace University and finished up her senior season at Peru State College. She has playing experience with every single role on the court and uses that knowledge to enhance her players’ athletic abilities and teamwork. She is delighted to be a part of D-League this club season and look forward to filling any coaching roles needed!
Coach Jaclynn Rethwisch has been involved in club volleyball for the last 3 years. She is excited to share her experience with players and help them to gain confidence and knowledge of the game. She loves to be around volleyball and is so excited to a part of the D-League program.