Sara enters her 12th season as the head of the Wildcat volleyball program.During her tenure as head coach, the Wildcats have gone from 4-31 to a state runner up finish and 43-1 record. She is originally from Muncie, IN where she attended Muncie Central High School. While at Central, she was a four-year varsity starter in both volleyball and basketball. Sara earned all-conference honors her junior and senior years. She capped off her senior year by being named Gatorade’s Indiana and Midwest Player of the Year as well as receiving All American recognition 3 times.Sara attended the University of Illinois on a volleyball scholarship where she started for four years and played in every match. While at U of I, she was selected to the All-Big Ten team as a sophomore. Sara is a Special Education Teacher in Woodbury, MN. She and her husband, Mike, who is one half of the You Tube broadcasting duo, “The Experience” share two children; Ryan (10) and Parker (8). Sara also has three step children; Maddi (19), Michael (19) and Morgan (16).
JV Head Coach
Angie is another new face on the Wildcat sidelines this season. She is from Osceola where she began playing volleyball at a very young age. She competed for the Chieftains in the fall and played for Minnesota Select for 10 years during the club season. After high school, Angie attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a degree in economics and mathematics. She graduated in 2017. Angie currently works in merchandising at Best Buy Corporate. Her passion for volleyball brought her back to coaching. She has worked for Kokoro for 3 years and this is her first year coaching high school volleyball.
C Team Blue
Melissa is the most veteran coach on the Wildcat staff; entering her 12th year coaching in River Falls. She was setter at Grantsburg High School where they have a tradition of being a strong, competitive volleyball program. Over the years, Melissa has contributed to this program in many capacities. She has worked with both the JV2 blue and gold teams here at RFHS and has also coached at Meyer Middle School. In addition to coaching during the school season, she has also coached for several club programs including the RAGE program. Melissa is currently working as a para professional at Westside Elementary. She and her husband, Alan, have been married for 15 years. They have three boys Cameron age 14, Mason age 11 and Easton age 6.
C Team Gold/Varsity Assistant
Ali is the true “utility player” on our coaching staff. She is incredibly versatile and can successfully connect with athletes of all ability and experience levels. She has coached volleyball for 13 years total; all but one of them have been here in River Falls. She started with the JV team and then spent a few years at the middle school level when her children were born. She returned to the high school and has coached the JV, Blue and Gold teams. Ali will also be working as an assistant varsity coach and statistician this season. She is married to Kyle Igou and together they have three children, Aubrey (9), Ethan (8) and Kendall (6). Ali is a graduate of St Croix Falls HS where she participated in volleyball, basketball and track. Ali teaches Health and PE here at River Falls High School.