MILWAUKEE — After busily coaching a number of different high school and club teams, often simultaneously, over the past few years, Wayne Schultz will get his first taste of the collegiate game after being named the new head coach of both the MSOE Men's and Women's Volleyball teams today by Director of Athletics Dan Harris.
Atop Schultz's list of accomplishments before coming to MSOE was his taking the Westosha Central High School boys volleyball program from literally nothing to a state contender from 2006 onward. Westosha Central's program began in '06 with Schultz as its first head coach, but the Falcons qualified for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Sectional Championships in just their second season in 2007, then finished third in the State Championships in both 2010 and 2011. Schultz has also served as the head coach of Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, Ill. since 2009, helping the Eagles set a school record for wins in a season.
Schultz can also claim a WIAA state title on his resume, having served as an assistant coach to the Division 4 champion Williams Bay High School team in 2004. Current MSOE players Sean Donovan (Fr./Lindenhurst, Ill./ME) and Nick Manning (So./Salem, Wis./BE) each played high school volleyball for Schultz, Donovan at Lakes Community and Manning at Westosha Central.
Schultz brings club experience to the table as well, having served as the Director of Club W Volleyball, the Director of Operations for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and Co-Director and coach of the Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club. Outside of volleyball, Schultz has a diverse array of life experiences to his name, having spent nearly 15 years as a stock trader, over a decade as the owner of a Kenosha County apple orchard and one year as the general manager of an independent-league baseball team.
"I am very pleased to have found such a high caliber individual as Wayne Schultz to continue the growth of our volleyball programs," Harris said. "Wayne is an excellent teacher of the game and role model for our student-athletes. I am confident that our men's and women's volleyball programs are in excellent hands."
Schultz replaces Adam Stikel as women's coach and Brian Gibboney men's coach. The women's team finished 6-17 in 2012 and returns Leah Hendricks (Fr./De Pere, Wis./AE) from the All-Freshman Team in what was previously called the Northern Athletics Conference but is now known as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in a change that was made official earlier today. The men's team went 7-19 last season and qualified for the Continental Volleyball Conference Tournament, falling to Stevenson in the First Round.