The Wisconsin Elite Girls Basketball coaching staff is second to none. We have assembled an experienced coaching staff and who are eager to demonstrate our genuine interest in each players development. Our staff strives to challenge our players to their maximum potential in practices and games. This makes the Wisconsin Elite coaching staff special.
Coach Ryan Finley was the assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Mt. Horeb high school for six years and helped coach the Vikings to their last Badger Conference championship. He gave up coaching varsity basketball a few years ago so he could spend more time with his family. He is still coaching the 7thgrade boys and 8th grade girl’s middle school basketball teams. He is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Mt. Horeb High School where he is a Health and Physical Education teacher. Coach Finley graduated from UW-Platteville. Ryan resides in Mt. Horeb with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Jaxen and Macie.Coach Ryan Finley was the assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Mt. Horeb high school for six years and helped coach the Vikings to their last Badger Conference championship. He gave up coaching varsity basketball a few years ago so he could spend more time with his family. He is still coaching the 7thgrade boys and 8th grade girl’s middle school basketball teams. He is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Mt. Horeb High School where he is a Health and Physical Education teacher. Coach Finley graduated from UW-Platteville. Ryan resides in Mt. Horeb with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Jaxen and Macie.
Coach Haberkorn has been coaching sports for over 20 years from baseball to girls basketball. As the Manager of the DeForest Deacons Home Talent Baseball team he led them to back to back Eastern Division titles and Final Four appreances in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 he was named Home Talent Baseball Manager of the Year. He attended Jamestown University where he ran cross country and played baseball. In his Freshman year he was an All-Conference runner for the Jimmies. He has since stepped down from other sports to concentrate solely on girls basketball. He previously coached at Monona Grove High School as the Head JV Coach for 3 years before moving onto Deerfield for a year. Currently he is the Head Coach for Varsity Girls Basketball at Waterloo High School where he has been for the past 6 years.
In his family life, Coach Haberkorn lives in Waterloo with his lovely wife Abby and their two sons, Finn who is turning 4 this summer and Bryant who will turn 1 this summer. He works for the City of Waterloo as the Parks & Rec Coordinator and enjoys it immensely.
Coach Haberkorn will be entering his 4th year with Wisconsin Elite. He has coached at various age levels for the program and is excited to be back again.
Coach Alex Koeller graduated from Viterbo University in December 2013 with a degree in Sport Management and Leadership and a minor in Marketing. While attending Viterbo, he played four years on the men's basketball team, winning a conference championship in his freshman season.
Prior to his move back to the Madison area, Coach Koeller spent two years at La Crescent High School in Minnesota, where he was the head JV coach and assistant coach for the girls' varsity team. Last summer Alex was also the coach for the La Crosse YMCA 15U girls' AAU team.
Currently, Alex lives in Sun Prairie and is working as an Event Marketer for American Family Insurance. Alex looks forward to coaching in his first season with Wisconsin Elite.
Coach Lussier has spent 7 seasons coaching high school basketball at the freshman, JV, and varsity levels. Currently he is a varsity assistant at Waunakee High School. This is his first season coaching with Wisconsin Elite.
Besides basketball he has also coached baseball at the high school level. Coach Lussier graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from Carroll University and also has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology.
He lives in Waunakee and teaches mathematics at Waunakee High School.
Coach Erick McCormick was an assistant for the Mount Horeb boys basketball varsity program and junior varsity head coach for three years. During that span, the program won the 2015 Division 2 State Championship as well as two straight Badger North Conference titles. Coach McCormick also spent several years teaching the game of basketball to multiple youth levels in Mount Horeb. In addition, he has worked at numerous levels of the Mount Horeb-Barneveld football program, including a varsity assistant the past two years. Coach McCormick, who resides in Barneveld with his wife Trina, is an 8th grade language arts teacher at the Mount Horeb Middle School. Coach McCormick is a graduate of UW-Platteville in 2011 and the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1996.
Emily Miller begins her 2nd season as a coach for the Wisconsin Elite Girls Basketball program, teaming up with her father Jeff who is a Director for Wisconsin Elite. Emily is a 2016 graduate of DeForest High School where she was a four year letter winner in three sports (volleyball, basketball and track).
Emily was named 1st team all conference her senior year in volleyball and basketball. As a sophomore Emily helped lead her basketball team to a 2nd place finish at the state tournament. Emily's basketball team were conference champions her sophomore, junior, and senior year.
During Emily's junior year of volleyball her team finished as conference champions and made it to the state volleyball tournament.
Emily currently is a freshman at UW-Oshkosh were she is a member of the Titan women's basketball team.
In her spare time Emily likes to watch movies and hangout with her kitties Ollie and Chewie.
Coach Liz is from Watertown, Wisconsin. Liz played varsity basketball for 3 years, varsity soccer for 4 years, participated in several clubs, coached youth soccer, coached youth basketball locally, along with referee basketball. Liz earned 2nd Team All Conference and team-captain her junior and senior year of basketball and earned 2nd Team All Conference her junior year of soccer. Liz enjoys being the point guard/coach out on the floor and is excited to transfer that into coaching with the Elite.
Liz played for Wisconsin Elite for the past two years. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout this upcoming fall to major in Applied Sciences (future Physician's Assistant) and play basketball.
Liz likes to hangout with friends, go to her cabin, and cook in her free time.
Brodie Runez is entering his first year of coaching with Wisconsin Elite Girls Basketball. He brings a lot of experience as a successful athlete and will team with his father, Coach Eric Runez. Brodie was a three year varsity letter winner and starting point guard with Whitewater High School in 10th and 11th grade and DeForest Area High School for his senior season. While at WHS, he earned Rock Valley North Conference Honorable Mention in 2014, 2nd Team All-Conference, 1st Team Daily Union All-Area, and 2nd Team All-Walworth County in 2015. Following a transfer to DAHS for his senior year, Brodie was selected as the 2016 DAHS Boys’ Basketball MVP, unanimous selection 1st Team Badger North All-Conference, and was nominated for the WBCA All-Star Game. He was also selected as the DAHS WIAA Male Scholar Athlete Nominee.
Brodie also earned varsity letters in Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, and Track. In 2015, he earned Rock Valley Conference 1st Team honors, was a Division 2 State Cross Country Qualifier, and selected Academic All-State. In 2016, he also earned Badger North Conference 1st Team honors as the Norskies also won the Conference Championship. Brodie was also a 2016 Division 2 Boys Tennis State Qualifier where he finished in the top 16.
Brodie will continue his basketball career as a Tommie at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN, where he will pursue a degree in engineering.
Coach Eric Runez has worked in education for 20 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Over that span, he has coached a number of youth and high school sports including football and basketball. Beginning in 2005 while in the Whitewater Unified School District, he served on the board and was actively involved in the traveling youth basketball club. In addition, he also served as the coach for the summer teams for both the girls’ (2009-11) and boys’ (2014-15) varsity high school programs.
Eric and his wife Sara have three children, Hannah, Brodie, and Halle. All three have been actively involved in athletics from youth programs to college varsity sports. Coach Runez graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Social Studies Teaching. He also has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, and is completing a Doctoral Degree at Edgewood College. Currently, he serves as the superintendent for the DeForest Area School District.
Lora Staveness, known by Coach Stav to most, is in her first season with WI Elite Girls Basketball program. Coach Stav has been the Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach at Edgewood High School for the past 23 years. She has an overall record of 344 -181 record. Her teams have remained extremely competitive throughout her tenure winning various conference, regionals titles and a sectional title in 2016 which gave the program their first WIAA State Tournament appearance.
Professionally, Coach Stav is an instructor at Edgewood within the Physical Education Department. She teaches Lifeguarding, Health, SAP (speed, agility and plyometrics), FESBYT (Flexibility Enhancement, Stability Ball and Yoga Training), Freshmen Functional Fitness, Athletic Training-Basic and Advanced Athletic Training - Assessments. She is also Department Chair.
When she is not in the gym, Coach Stav loves to read, golf, practice guitar, go to sporting events and just chill!
Coach Dani Templin completed her first season as the JV girl’s basketball coach in Richland Center and looks forward to her first season coaching with WI Elite. Prior to this season she finished her collegiate basketball career at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Within her 4 years at Viterbo Dani played in all 124 games and started in 120, while finishing her V-Hawk career in the top 15 in 14 different statistical categories. These included being #1 in career free throws made and attempted, third in career-blocked shots, fifth in career scoring and seventh in career rebounding.
One could say basketball runs in the family, as Dani’s older siblings Carrie (Kent State) and Erin (UW-Green Bay) both went on to have successful careers at the Division I level.
After graduating from Viterbo in May 2013 with a degree in Visual Communications, Dani now resides in Middleton and is the Sales and Social Media Coordinator at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Madison.
Coach Wild, or otherwise known as Coach M, joins WI Elite Girls Basketball program in her first season in 2017. She attended Winona State University and played for the Women’s Basketball team from 2009-2013. She started all 28 games her freshman year and led the team with 117 assists. The following three years, she was known to Coach Ballard as a very versatile player who could play the 1-4 positions on the court at any given time and led the team her junior year by shooting 41 percent from behind the 3-point line. In the 2010—11 season, she helped the Warriors win a conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to Winona State, Coach Wild played at Markesan High School under Coach Skip Laper where the Hornets were runner-up State Champions in the 2007-08 season.
After graduating from Winona State, she was an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Head Women’s Golf Coach at Marian University.
She currently lives in DeForest and works for the American Cancer Society as the Senior Development Manager of Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin.