COACHES & STAFF
Coach Capps brings both excitement and energy to his coaching and is always working to make every player reach a higher level. He has coached winning teams that have played in China, Australia, Italy and Brazil. He believes that the key to being a successful volleyball player is to learn the fundamentals, and passionately apply them! He is in his 25th year of coaching volleyball. His favorite quote is, "Know your limits, then break through them!"
Diane Capps has been assisting with the club since the beginning and enjoys being a part of it, though mostly behind the scenes. She is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have, assist with apparel, and collect payment for dues. If sending payment or correspondence, please submit to Eclipse Volleyball Club, 343 W Rossman Street, Hartford, WI 53027. Thank You!
Coach Hotchkiss has worked as an EMT for Hartford Fire and Rescue from 2014 to present. She also served on the school board for 7 years and has volunteered as a youth soccer coach for the 10 years. Patty has also coached middle school volleyball for the past 15+ years, currently at Erin School as well as Central Middle School in the past. Coach Hotchkiss believes in teaching and coaching young athletes proper technique. She looks forward to working with the girls and helping them develop their skills.
This is Mandi's seventh year at Eclipse. Mandi has coached middle school to high school volleyball at a private school in Decatur, Il before moving to Wisconsin. She enjoys watching girls progress with the love of the sport and seeing their hard work pay off.
Outside of volleyball, Mandi is currently a process engineer working in Juneau for the last 6 years. She also played volleyball throughout middle school, high school and a year at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
CAP 1 Certified Coach
Coach Lanae's spark for volleyball started in 5th grade and has continued through high school and college and still plays competitively. She believes in pulling out the best in each player, turning "I can't" into "I did it!". Coaching highlights include winning The Seton Championship along with many conference championships; 8 years coaching high school girls VC, Eclipse VC coach for 9 years, 15 years coaching 5-8th grade girls and boys VB, worked in nutrition 18 yrs, strength and conditioning for 15 yrs.
Coach Lanae is also a CAP I Certified Coach and has completed Gold Medal Squared training.
Coach Smith has been a staple around Eclipse for the last 16 years! Both of his daughters played through Eclipse.
Coach Smith has coached many Eclipse Solar teams as well as some time coaching at Sting. We are proud to have him back for the 2023-24 season!
Julie's passion for volleyball started in 3rd grade, continuing through middle and high school. Her high school daughter has followed suit and has been playing club since age 9.
Julie has coached middle school volleyball for past 7+ years as well as 3 years of club volleyball.
Coach Sawicki loves developing players and strategically coaching the game. Every season is a new, welcoming challenge of individual player development and team cohesion.
Her teams practice and play by the 3 C's: Communication, cover, and celebrate.
Coach Kempf started assistant coaching when his daughter was in middle school where he coached for 1 year. He then moved to the high school JV2 Coach at Sheboygan Lutheran. He enjoys watching the growth and development of our young players into strong volleyball players.
Jac has been coaching club volleyball for the past 8 years, both as a head coach and assistant for ages U12 - U16. He is also currently the JV coach in Mequon, which he's been doing the last 4 years. Jac has been playing volleyball for over 30 years and has won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals over the last five years in the Wisconsin Senior Olympics!
Jac's one consistent coaching emphasis is on teamwork. "Volleyball is the ultimate team sport, no one player can determine a team's success. I also believe that the focus of winning at all costs can be detrimental to the growth and development of the girls if they're not enjoying themselves.....I always tell the girls that one my goals as a coach is to get them to enjoy volleyball so that they play it as long as I have."
Coach Everts is a wife, mom of 5 kids (3 college athletes) and a former teacher. Everyone in the family plays volleyball, as well as other sports. Tana has her degree in PE and Health and has been coaching for 25+ years from 5- year-olds to adult club and all levels in between.
A few highlights of her coaching experience include:
Hartford High JV1 Head Coach (6 seasons)
Eclipse VC - volunteered and coached since it's inception. U12-U18
VB Coach and Director @ St. Kilian School for boys and girls programs (10 years)
CAP I Certified Coach
"I love coaching strategy and the nuances of the game. But the best part of coaching is getting to know the players and then seeing them as they grow up and knowing that I played a small part in that."