2023 SLP VB TRYOUTS
*ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE ATTENDING TRYOUTS*
Tryout datesAUGUST 14th & AUGUST 15th
7th, 8th, 9th Graders:
10th, 11th, 12th Graders:
Varsity Head Coach
Sam (Schroeder) Hanlon graduated from Maple Lake High School in 2000. During her time at Maple Lake she was a 9x All-Conference selection in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball and a Captain for 2 years in each sport. During her sophomore year, Sam set a conference record for home runs in a season; during her senior year, she held the state record for assists in a game (basketball). She was also named to the All-State softball team in 2000- the first softball player at Maple Lake to do so.
After graduation, Sam went on to play volleyball for two years at the University of St. Thomas. After an injury derailed her volleyball career, she went on to attend SCSU. Here she earned a degree in elementary education in 2004. After graduating, Sam taught elementary education and was the head volleyball coach at Isle Public Schools where the Huskies went from a 1-21 record to 11-11 in her first year. She was nominated for Conference Head Coach of the Year in 2006. The next year she taught 2nd grade and was the head volleyball coach in the HLWW school district. Sam also coached JO volleyball at Club Irish, Isle Husky VB, HLWW VB, STMA, SLP, and Synergy for the past 20 years.
Sam and her wife, Kim, live in Brooklyn Park with their Golden Retriever, Charlie. In her spare time, she likes to shop, play softball, and go to movies.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Rachel grew up in Adel, Iowa where she played volleyball, basketball, soccer, and bowling throughout high school, earning multiple letters in each. Rachel continued to play volleyball through interamurals during her time in college at Iowa State University. She graduated from college in 2020 with a degree in Civil Engineering and moved to the Twin Cities to start her career. She continued to play pickup volleyball after college, and realized she needed more volleyball in her life, so she is very excited to return for her second year of coaching at St. Louis Park.
Outside of coaching, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Wyatt (track coach at St. Louis Park), and their dog Rusty, going to her lake cabin with family, playing board games, and playing in volleyball and pickleball leagues.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Stephen is in his third-year coaching volleyball at St. Louis Park High School. He is a native of Ohio and loved sports from a very young age. In high school, he played football and ran track earning multiple letters in each. He played in volleyball tournaments sponsored by the girl’s high school team and intramurals while attending Bowling Green State University. Stephen coached women’s softball for eleven seasons, seven of those as a head coach.
Stephen is a retired Chiropractic Kinesiologist of 24 years and just finished two years as Commodore for the Minneapolis Aquatennial, a scholarship program investing in young women to achieve extraordinary futures. He loves coaching and inspiring young people. You may have seen Stephen around school as he is the public address announcer for the varsity boy’s basketball team, has supervised for girl’s lacrosse, taken tickets at girl’s basketball games, lined judged for volleyball and has even been a member of the chain crew on Friday nights.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing golf, spending time with friends and writing.
B-Squad Head Coach
Tony grew up in Northwestern Minnesota and moved to the Twin Cities in the early 90’s. Soon after, he found his home of over twenty years in St. Louis Park where he lived and raised a family. He is very proud to have two SLP graduates. Tony has been playing sand and court volleyball for many years, a couple of those years he was a middle blocker in a men's competitive league.
For the last couple years, Tony has been teaching Art and Technology in Stillwater, while also coaching Middle School Girl’s Volleyball. This summer, he accepted the position as the Photography Teacher at SLP High School. Tony is excited to bring his knowledge of photography, motion graphics, animation, graphic design, and many other skills to the students. He is also excited to lead the volleyball team to a successful season.
9A Head Coach
Sydney played volleyball and golf throughout high school and started coaching right after graduation from Lakeville North High School. She coached volleyball in Duluth at Northland Volleyball Club throughout her undergraduate degree at The University of Minnesota- Duluth where she studied Environmental Sustainability and Sociology. (Go Bulldogs!) Sydney is now substitute teaching along with coaching and cannot wait to be working in a classroom. In her free time, she loves to garden, paint, and hangout at the beach.
9B Head Coach
Malorie played volleyball and basketball throughout high school until graduating and moving to Winona, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Winona State University in 2013. After graduating, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and lived in Washington State and Oregon for three years before moving back to the Midwest. Malorie is now an art teacher at St. Louis Park Middle School. She lives in St. Paul with her fiancé, Jake, and her dog, Rainier.
In her free time, Malorie loves to travel, garden, and make art.
Grade: 12th Grade
Favorite class: Math
Favorite teacher: Mr. Austad
Pets: 2 Dogs (Stella and Stanley) and two fish
What does the word “captain” mean to you: A captain is a person who is a leader on and off the court. They hold themselves and their teammates accountable for their actions. A captain is there to support all their teammates and push them to do their best.
What are you looking forward to this season: I am looking forward to getting closer with the team and making big improvements this year. I am excited to win lots of games and have a competitive season.
Fun Facts: I speak Spanish. I do Nordic skiing and track. I love to read and I play the saxophone.
Grade: 11th Grade
Favorite class: History
Favorite teacher: Mr. Austad
What does the word “captain” mean to you: The word captain to me means that you are a constant leader; you hold your teammates accountable but are always pointing out the positive things.
What are you looking forward to this season: I am looking forward to game days (they are my fav) and being able to become a better volleyball player.
Fun Facts: I took 7 years of piano lessons when I was younger.
Grade: 11th Grade
Favorite class: Pottery
Favorite teacher: Ms. Emma
Pets: Chocolate Lab named Hank
What does the word “captain” mean to you: I think the word captain means leader and role model. A captain means teamwork and building a team together to make the team stronger off and on the court.
What are you looking forward to this season: This upcoming season, I am looking forward to all the games - i feel like this year out team is going to have a great bond and I think it's going to be a lot of fun!
Fun Facts: A fun fact about me is that I love art and I have been doing it since I was little and I've tried a bunch of different genres like pottery, painting, drawing, painting on shoes and even nails. I have my own nail business and made almost $1,000 over a year doing it.