Learning the game while in college Ted was a late comer to volleyball. He was taught the game through the many friendships he made with the UW-Milwaukee coaches and players of the early 1980’s when UWM was an NAIA powerhouse. His support for the Panthers transitioned from a fan into a variety of support roles including being a line-judge, a scorekeeper and ultimately a referee. Countless hours were spent talking about the game with the players and coaches, playing pepper and hanging out at the Klotsche Center hoping to be selected to play in one of the rather infamous and quite intense lunch time games. All of which, needless to say, delayed his graduation by a few years. Still, he says, it was time well spent and he claims to have a BA.
After graduation in 1984 and short stint as a State Trooper, Ted returned to the Milwaukee area taking a job with the State Public Defender’s office. That job allowed him to resume his association with the game of volleyball playing in adult leagues, officiating high school matches and ultimately coaching in the high school ranks.& This past summer, after 32 years of service, Ted retired from the Public Defender's Office, allowing him to devote even more time to volleyball.
Ted has been with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club since it was founded in 1989 as a small four team operation. He has been the club director for Sting since 1996, overseeing the club’s growth to it's current size of 50 teams. In club he has coached at virtually all age levels, from 13-2’s through 18-1’s. In 2001 his 17 Gold team won the 17 Open division at the USAV National Championships, the first ever national title for Sting. For the past 27 years Ted has also been the varsity coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. His CMH teams have won nine state championships.