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 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 love affair with the game of volleyball, playing in adult leagues and officiating high school matches.
He met Colleen Houk, who was coaching at Pewaukee High School, while officiating. She invited him to try coaching. He is especially thankful to Colleen for her advice and guidance.
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 47 teams. For the past 25 years Ted has also been the varsity coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. His CMH teams have won nine state championships, including the WIAA D2 championship this past season. In club he has coached at virtually all age levels, from 13-2’s through 18-1’s. The Milwaukee Sting 17 Gold team that he coached won the 17 Open division at the 2001 GJNC.