Our motto "PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION" for the volleyball coaching staff at NDA is not only about the way we approach the opportunity to work with the student athlete in preparing for competition, but is also a description of the way we, as coaches, and our teams want to be perceived off the court as well. We will compete very hard with the expectation to win, but we will be gracious when we do not.
Too often, in today's competitive environment, we can get too caught up in competitive moments and lose sight of the athletes incremental improvements day to day. We as a coaching staff work to push our players to reach their peak, and recognize each players successes every day. They will be pushed to be mentally and physically strong, to grow both individually and as a team through the season. Their preparation, hard work and dedication will lead to our success, and they will each be a champion.
Head Coach Ben Wolf
Varsity Coach Ben Wolf is on his 10th year of coaching and his 2nd stint of with the Tritons. He was previously an assistant NDA coach under current St. Norbert volleyball coach Bethani Thibodeau from 2005-2007. In 2008, he was hired by the Pulaski Community School District as an 8th grade science teacher and their head freshman volleyball coach under a current Notre Dame coach, Peg Mastey. When he received a call from Tom Larsen to come back to Notre Dame, he jumped at chance to join the staff and is now enter his 8th year back. He had been the junior varsity coach for 5 years. "I feel I am truly back where I belong", Wolf said. "There is just something special about Notre Dame athletics that is second to nowhere I have been before". Ben is excited at his new appointment to the varsity program and is ready for the challenges that will come with taking the team to the next level. .
Wolf's volleyball career began as a freshman at UW-Green Bay, playing for their men's club team as a libero and a setter. He also helped with the Red Smith Middle School team in Green Bay throughout college. In the off season, Wolf has coached for the Green Bay PoWer club program, working with the 18 and Under BOYS team. During the summer, you can find Ben in the gym running various camps around the area as well as out on the grass courts playing in numerous tournments throughout the state.
Assistant Coach Catherine Guido
Catherine Guido joins the NDA volleyball staff as the varsity assistant this year. She comes to Notre Dame after a storied 4 year career as a starting Libero at St. Nortbert College in De Pere. She was the Midwest Conference Player of the year as a Junior. Coach Wolf is excited to bring Catherine's defensive knowledge and tenacity to the program. "She has grit and a great perspective on determination that this program will really benefit from" Wolf said. Welcome Catherine!
Assistant Coach Pat Lynch
Pat began playing volleyball with his family from an early age. His parents and family have been instrumental in offering many opportunities for athletes interested in learning about volleyball at many levels throughout the Midwest through USA Volleyball. Pat began his playing career officially, at Wauwatosa East High School, and continued on the Men's volleyball club team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
As a Coach, Pat has worked with the U12 boys team in Tulsa, OK from 1994-1998, and 6th-8th grade girls at Monte Cassino School, also in Tulsa, OK. After coming to Green Bay in 1999, Pat worked with the 6th-8th grade girl's teams at Holy Family School thru 2008. In 2004, he joined the coaching staff at Wisconsin PoWer - Green Bay, working with the 4th - 8th grade Taste Of Power athletes.
In 2008, Pat joined the volleyball staff at Notre Dame Academy as a Varsity Assistant. He has a tremendous amount of experience working with young athletes, and does a tremendous job of working with the athletes to understand the importance of the details to improve their game.