A small school Midwestern farm girl, I was a two-sport athlete in high school, playing softball and volleyball. I’m proof that even small-town athletes can play Division I athletics (13 students in my graduating class!). I earned a scholarship and played D1 volleyball at Illinois State University. I earned my master’s degree with an emphasis in sports management from Austin Peay State University. I coached volleyball while completing my degree. After graduating, I took a job at Morehead State University and was the first assistant to the volleyball team. I was then promoted to head strength and conditioning coach (at the age of 24) for all D1 scholarship programs.
I moved away from collegiate coaching to start a family. I met my husband in college. He played football at Illinois State. My husband and I both remained very active in athletics. I coached club (Illini Elite and Illinois Extreme), became a club director (Illinois Extreme), was a head VB coach at a high school, ran my own volleyball camps and officiated volleyball including state series. I have done everything you can do in volleyball! My husband played professional indoor football, coached indoor football, coached collegiately, and was a head high school football coach and teacher before becoming a high school athletic director.
My husband and I are happily married with young two children (and, yes, they are enrolled with NCSA). We love sports in our household. Our daughter loves basketball, tennis, gymnastics and volleyball (depending on the day). Our son is into football, baseball and anything in the water. Even our Yorkshire Terrier, Baxter, thinks he’s a football player!