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.
L.J. Marx will be in his first year as Boys Program Director for Milwaukee Sting after his 15 year career as Carthage College head varsity coach. Marx was named both American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III “Men’s Coach of the Year” and Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association “Division III Coach of the Year” in 2005 and 2007. He has guided the Red Men to a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship, two Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coleman Division titles, four Midwest-III Volleyball Conference championships and two shared Continental Volleyball Conference West Division titles and an outright title in 2014.
Marx also guided the Red Men to two-consecutive Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League titles in 2015 and 2016.
Marx’s players have earned AVCA All-America honors on 31 occasions. He has also coached one American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III "Player of the Year," six conference “players of the year” and 40 all-conference selections. His teams have won either divisional or conference titles in 10 of the last 12 years and have won divisional or conference tournaments in seven of the last 12 seasons. Six of Marx’s 13 teams have finished among the AVCA’s top-three NCAA Division III teams in the final poll, 10 teams have finished in the top-10, and all 13 have finished in the top-15.
Prior to the start of Carthage’s varsity program, Marx coached the Red Men’s club teams in 2003 and 2004, compiled a 43-18 record and won the 2004 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Division II championship. Marx served as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Carthage for three years from 2004 to 2006 after three years as a part-time assistant coach from 2000 to 2002.
A native of Racine, Wis., Marx graduated from Carthage in 2003 with a bachelor’s in exercise and sport science after transferring from Wisconsin-Parkside. As a player, Marx was named All-Wisconsin Volleyball Conference in both 2002 and 2003 and selected for that league’s all-star match both years. He also played on a 2003 Wisconsin Volleyball Conference squad that competed at the USA National tournament. Marx is a certified USA Volleyball coach and has guided four USA Junior National All-Americans and three Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” selections. He has also served as a coach at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and camps.