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Wisconsin Elite Coaching Staff

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.

Ellie Cianfrini

Coach Ellie (Radke) Cianfrini has been with the Monroe girls basketball program for four seasons, three of them as the head JV coach. This will be her first season coaching with Wisconsin Elite.

Coach Cianfrini played four years of division 1 basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Prior to her collegiate career, Cianfrini helped lead her high school team, Monroe Cheesemakers, to a state championship in 2006. During her high school career she earned numerous accolades, both locally and state wide, including Miss Wisconsin Basketball 2006.

Coach Cianfrini graduated from Canisius College in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Special Education/Elementary Education. Coach Cianfrini currently resides in Monroe with her husband and two dogs, where she teaches 7th grade Special Education at the Monroe Middle School.

Jay Farnsworth

Coach Farnsworth was a freshmen and JV boys’ basketball coach in Waunakee for 15 years before retiring from coaching to spend time with his family. Recently, he has been coaching tri-county girls’ basketball in Waunakee and helping with boys’ youth basketball with his two children, Maddie and Ben. He and his wife Denise are both teachers in the Waunakee School District where they reside.

Ryan Finley

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.

Brian Fredrick

Fredrick has been coaching girl's basketball at the middle and high school levels for the past 21 years. For the past four seasons he has served as the freshmen or junior varsity girl's coach at DeForest Area High School. Brian is also involved with the DeForest Area Girls Youth Basketball Association serving as vice-commissioner and a coach. In the summer of 2009, he coached the DeForest 7th grade girl's to a 4th place finish at the Wisconsin State Invitational Championships. This in his 3rd season coaching for Wisconsin Elite. With 21 years of teaching experience, Coach Fredrick is currently teaching 8th grade social studies at Glacial Drumlin School in the Monona Grove School District. He received his Bachelor's Degree from UW Eau Claire and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo. Coach Fredrick resides in DeForest with his wife Ann, and their three daughters, Kelsea, Asha, and Maija.

Todd Grundahl

Coach Todd Grundahl has coached basketball at various levels in the DeForest Area Girls Youth Basketball Association for the last four years. He was a varsity assistant girls basketball coach at Monona Grove High School for two years. He also has coached high school softball, youth softball, baseball, and flag football. This is his second year coaching for WI Elite. Coach Grundahl graduated from UW-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and from Lakeland College with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is currently employed at Advertisers Press Inc, located in Middleton, as Controller/Safety Coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. Todd resides in DeForest with his wife, Lori, and their four children, Jaylee, Aleah, Trace and Tucker.

Gabe Haberkorn

Gabe Haberkorn has coached both boys and girls basketball for various levels for over 14 years. He has spent the last 7 seasons coaching girls basketball as a JV Coach at both Monona Grove and Deerfield High Schools and now the past 3 seasons as the Head Varsity Coach at Waterloo High School.

He is also involved with Girls Softball at Waterloo coaching the JV
program for the past 2 seasons. He was the Home Talent Baseball Manager for DeForest for 8 seasons winning 2 Division Titles and 2010 Manager of the Year Award before retiring this past season.

Coach Haberkorn works as a Sales Rep/Graphic Designer for Deppes Awards Plus in Waterloo where he also resides with his wife Abby and their son Finnegan.

Larry Hale

Coach Hale retired as the head girls’ basketball coach at Waunakee High School after the 2008-2009 season. During his 14 years running the Warriors program he amassed over 200 victories, five conference championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2008), and two sectional championships. His 1998 and 2001 teams advanced to the State Tournament. Coach Hale was also selected as the Division 2 WBCA All-Star Head Coach in 2002 and a Division 1 Assistant Coach in 2006. He also finished his career coaching the Badger North All-Stars to a victory over the Badger South All-Stars in 2008. This is Coach Hale’s 2nd season coaching with the Wisconsin Elite. Before joining Waunakee Coach Hale spent eight years learning the trade in the boys’ basketball programs in Breck, MN, Altoona, WI, and Medford, WI. Hale continues to teach English and Writing at Waunakee High School. He resides in Madison with his wife Carri and their three daughters, Celeste, Tessa, and Chloe.

Brian Lussier

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.

Doug Pickarts

Coach Pickarts has been the head girl’s basketball coach at DeForest High School for the past 21 years. During that time the Lady Norskies have won 8 conference championships; 1991, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. His teams have also advanced to the state tournaments three times in 2002, 2005 & 2006. Coach Pickarts was also selected as an assistant WBCA All-Star coach in 1991 and 1995, and was selected as the head coach in 2006. He was also selected to coach in the Badger North All-Stars in 2007 and 2009. He has recently achieved his 300th coaching victory during this season. Doug has been actively involved in coaching youth basketball for his two daughters the past five seasons from 3rd to 7th grades. Prior to that, he coached his two sons throughout their youth basketball years. This is his 3rd season coaching for Wisconsin Elite. Pickarts has also served as the head volleyball coach at DeForest High School for the past 22 years. He has amassed over 500 victories and his teams have won 6 conference titles. Coach Pickarts graduated from Madison Lafollette High School. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education, in Mathematics, from UW-Whitewater. Coach Pickarts currently resides in DeForest with his wife Tammy and his four children: Trey, Trent, Teegan and Taryn.

Dani Templin

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.

Janell Van Gomple

Coach Janell Van Gomple played four years at DeForest High School, where she helped lead them to the state tournament in 2005.  She then went on to attend and play basketball at UW-Stevens Point where she graduated with a degree in Sociology and minor in coaching.  While there the pointers qualified for the NCAA tournament two times, making it as far as the sweet 16. She ended her career in 2009 with 741 points and was named first team all WIAC .  After spending 3 years out in Colorado Janell returned and is currently attending UW-Platteville to receive her masters in Adult Education.  As well as attending school, she is also the graduate assistant for the Women’s basketball team where she just completed her first season.