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.
Maddie Bare is Head JV Girls basketball coach at Fort Atkinson High School and is entering her first year as a coach for Wisconsin Elite. Bare is a 2012 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School where she was a three sport athlete in swimming, basketball and softball. Bare played with Wisconsin Elite for two seasons before pursuing a college basketball career.
After graduating, Bare attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and played on both the Varsity Basketball and Softball teams. Bare spent two years as a Duhawk and then transferred to UW-Whitewater to continue her career on the UWW Women’s Basketball Team.
Maddie graduated in May 2017 from Whitewater with a BSE in Physical Education with an emphasis in Health, Human Performance and Recreation with a Coaching Minor.
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Nicolette (Cole) Jordee is an assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Waunakee High School and is entering her first year as a coach for Wisconsin Elite. She brings years of experience coaching youth basketball and working at clinics throughout high school and college. Cole is a Middleton High School class of 2015 graduate, where she was a 4-year letter winner in both basketball and volleyball. In high school, her volleyball team won two conference championships and she appeared in two state basketball tournaments, her freshman and senior seasons.
After attending the University of Arizona for one semester, Cole transferred to Edgewood College and she plans to graduate in December 2018 with a degree in Business and a minor in Spanish. Cole played basketball for one season at Edgewood, but now is on the volleyball team there. Her post-graduation goal is to attend law school.
In her spare time Cole likes to practice yoga, play with her dog, Boone, and hang out with friends and family.
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 8 seasons coaching high school basketball at the freshman, JV, and varsity levels. This is his 5th 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 Madison 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.
This will be Coach McCormick's 2nd year coaching with Wisconsin Elite.
Emily Miller begins her third 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 McKenna Minick is entering her first season as a coach for the Wisconsin Elite Girls’ Basketball Club. McKenna played for Wisconsin Elite for five years.
She is a 2016 DeForest High School graduate, and played all four years of high school basketball for DeForest. During that time, she was a part of three consecutive Conference Championships and the 2014 State Runner-Up team. She earned three varsity letters and was a two-year starter for the Lady Norskies. She was honored with the Excellence On/Off the Court Award, Most Improved Player, and Badger North Honorable Mention. She also served as a Team Captain during her senior season.
The past couple of summers, McKenna has helped coach the DeForest Freshmen and Junior Varsity Teams. This past year she returned to coach at DeForest High School as an assistant for the Junior Varsity 2 Team, and also coached a 7th grade girls’ basketball team for DeForest.
Coach Minick is currently a sophomore attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is studying Elementary Education. She also spends time in the classroom volunteering at Ray F. Sennett Middle School in Madison.
Coach Liz is from Watertown, Wisconsin and begins her second season coaching for the Wisconsin Elite Girls Basketball program. Liz also played for the Wisconsin Elite for two years. Currently, she is attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she just finished her first season as a member of the women's basketball team. She is majoring in Applied Sciences and volunteering at the Mayo Clinic.
Liz is a 2017 graduate from Watertown where she was a 3 year varsity basketball player and a four year varsity soccer member. Liz earned 2nd Team All Conference and team captain her junior and senior year of basketball and earned 2nd Team All Conference her junior and senior year of soccer.
In her spare time, Liz likes to hangout with friends, go to her cabin, and cook.
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.
Coach Schweitzer enters his first year coaching with Wisconsin Elite. He has spent the past 3 years as the DeForest girls basketball freshman coach, two as an assistant and this past year as the head coach. Schweitzer was also the varsity assistant at Dodgeland High School for the 2011-12 season.
He works for Towne Park as an Associate Manager at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. He and his wife Bridget are located in DeForest and welcomed their first child, Zachary, this past October. The couple also have a golden retriever named Reggie.
In his spare time, Schweitzer likes to golf and spend time with family and friends making the most of Wisconsin summers.
Lora Staveness, known by Coach Stav to most, is in her third 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 and followed that up in 2017 with a State Championship.
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.