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.
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.
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.