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.
Jenny Hahn was one of the founders of Milwaukee Sting VBC in 1989. She served as a Director and Head Coach for the club through 2008. She is currently the Executive Director of the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA).
Jenny was Executive Director of Badger Region for 12 years; USA Volleyball Master Impact Clinician; USAV Associate Vice President of Ethics and Eligibility; and Administrative Council for Youth and Junior Olympic Volleyball.
Kathy Litzau has been with Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club since 2008. From 2008-2012 Kathy helped guide the youth program to great success as an 11-gold coach. And in 2013 and 2014 Kathy coached the 15-Gold team to a 5th place finish at AAU Nationals and in 2013 and a 13th place finish in 2014.
Previously, Kathy spent 14 years as the Head Volleyball Coach at UW-Milwaukee until she was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director. Kathy led the Panthers to nine 20-win seasons, eight Horizon League regular season titles, and six NCAA Division 1 tournaments. She was named League Coach of the Year seven times, and Regional Coach of the Year twice.
Her resume includes coaching six honorable mention All-Americans, six league players of the year, six league newcomers of the year, region player of the year, defensive player of the year, and 35 players voted to the all-league team.
Kathy has always been a fan of Milwaukee Sting and the high level volleyball players it produces having recruited 20 players from Sting to play for her. She has also mentored assistants and former players to go on to collegiate coaching careers: Susie Johnson, Head Coach at Milwaukee, Lindsey Sponden VandenBerg, Assistant at Milwaukee, Julie Yankus Folliard, Head Coach at Southeast Missouri State, Erik Olson, Head Coach at Central Michigan, Ryan Theis, Head Coach at Marquette, Matt Houk, Assistant at Minnesota, Leanne Felsing Williamson, Head Coach at South Dakota, Trudy VandeBerg, Assistant at Cornell.
Kathy played at the University of Notre Dame and also coached at Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Kathy and her husband Steve have three daughters, Lauren, Danielle, and Kayce that all play for Sting, and a son Nicholas.
A transplant from San Diego, CA, Brad began playing in his youth on the beaches of San Diego where he grew up. He competed indoor for Hilltop High School where he was a team captain, coaches award winner, and earned all conference honors as a setter. Falling in love with the leadership role he enjoyed on the court, he immediately begin coaching girls JV at Castle Park High School, while continuing to play in his first year at Southwestern College.
Brad left school and San Diego after an apparent labotomy in 1994, to purchase ownership in a business in Wisconsin. While shivering for the first several years and losing his blonde hair from lack of sun, he continued coaching women's volleyball in the mid 90's and 2000's with SAVE Select, one of the early Badger Region youth volleyball clubs.
He later coached with Wisconsin Power, commuting from the Milwaukee area to Madison. Brad coached many age groups in the program, helping U14 to U18 athletes achieve their goals, and seeing many develop into collegiate players. After a 4 year hiatus around the birth of his children, Brad returned to coach his local parochial school program, co-coaching both the 2012 and 2014 St Mary's Menomonee Falls 8th grade Girls Volleyball teams and helping both squads secure Seton A Championships.
After having competed against the program for many years, Brad began coaching at Milwaukee Sting, in the U12 and U13 age brackets and did so in 2012, 2013, and 2014, enjoying several very successful teams and tremendous parent groups. Brad joined the Sting Volleybee's program in 2013, and has worked with some of the exceptional teachers and athletes Sting is fortunate enough to have engaged in the program.
As the Sting Youth Director and passionate advocate for making volleyball a fun and lifelong sport for more people beginning at a younger age, he can be found smiling, laughing, and rolling around on the Teraflex flooring, working in the Youth Academy Program. Brad has two lovely creative daughters ages 4 and 7, and very patient wife of 15 years Andrea.
Brad is USAV CAP Level 2, writes a blog weekly on being a dad with daughters, and is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Metal-Era Inc in Waukesha, WI.
Scott Spiess is entering his 9th season on the Milwaukee Sting staff and 2nd as 15 Gold Head Coach. Scott enjoys working with the players and parents at the 15s level as they get started/continue with the recruiting process and assisting in the communication with college coaches. His teams have medaled twice at the AAU National Championships.
In 2010, he led his 17 Black team to a 3rd place finish at the AAU National Championships and landed two players on the All Star team. In 2012, Scott coached the 16 Gold team all the way to the championship match at AAU’s to place 2nd! Three of his 16 Gold players garnered All-American recognition at AAU’s. Prior to 16's, Scott coached 17 White and 18 Gold teams to successful seasons. In addition to his coaching duties, Scott also serves on the Milwaukee Sting board of directors.
Scott began his coaching career in 2001 at Brookfield Central High School where he is currently the Varsity Head Coach for girls volleyball. His teams have been regional champions 5 years in a row, sectional runners-up in both 2009 & 2010, and have landed several players all-conference recognition.
Scott played college volleyball for the UW-Whitewater Men’s Club team where he also met his wife, Kim. When not in the gym Scott enjoys boating and hanging out with friends and family.