Acers Volleyball Club

Coaching Staff

Our Acers Coaches


Operations manager

Carol Smith

Carol has played women's and co-ed Indoor 6s and outdoor triples and quads since 1979 at both UW-Green Bay club and UW-Madison club. Carol started coaching her daughter's 5th grade team in 2001 in the MAISL. She has coached club volleyball for the past 15 years with multiple clubs, working with ages 12s through 16s. Carol continues to learn and grow in volleyball by attending multiple coaching clinics.

Impact Certified

Safe Sport Certified

Key Point to Remember: Be a student of the game. It is an ever changing game and it is as much a sport of the mind as it is of the body.


15s co-Head Coach

Sammi Yozamp

Sammi is a former Acers VBC player, now returning as a coach. Sammi earned varsity letters playing with the Sun Prairie High School Volleyball team and played with a variety of local club teams throughout her high school years. She has multiple years of experience coaching youth volleyball in Waunakee and Wisconsin Dells. Sammi graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2014 and is a teacher in the Waunakee Community School District. She is excited to coach with a club she loved as a player! 

Impact Certified

Safe Sport Certified

Key Point to Remember: This sport has made my life better in so many ways and I hope to share that joy with others. Practice hard, play hard, be a good teammate and great things will happen.

15s co-head coach

Rachel Smith

I played high school ball at Oregon and played club volleyball at Acers. I coached one year as the JV coach at Oregon High School and have spent three years coaching the JV1 team at Parkview High School.
I have been coaching club for seven years at the 15's level. I really enjoy this age because I feel like they have a lot to learn still and are still developing as players. I still enjoy playing whenever I can and regularly play in many leagues year round. In my time away from volleyball I enjoy being outside, seeing movies and spending time with my 9 year old son. I currently live in Belleville and work as a dental assistant in Madison where I have been for 8 years.

Impact Certified                                              

Safe Sport Certified

Key Point to Remember: Practice how you want to play.

16s head coach

club director & 17s head coach

Kelsey Stilson (nee Smith)

I have spent the last 18 years involved with volleyball in some way and this game is absolutely my passion. I began playing in fifth grade and haven't stopped yet. In high school, I played at Oregon HS and with Acers, as well as one season at WI Select. I played NCAA Division I Volleyball at the University of North Florida as a Libero/DS. I also played in the first ever season of NCAA Division I Beach Volleyball at UNF, winning a Conference Championship in 2012. At the end of my collegiate career, I moved home to Wisconsin and spent three years coaching 17s with Fox Valley Thunder VBC in Oshkosh. I made the move to Oregon and am happy to be back home at Acers. This will be my fifth year coaching with Acers and my third year as Club Director. I also spent three years as the Varsity coach at Parkview High School. As a coach, I hope that my players are able to learn from me so much more than volleyball. Off the court, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Eric, and son, Nick.

CAP I Certified

Impact Certified                                              

Safe Sport Certified

Key Point to Remember: Team sports are about confidence, leadership, and life skills that go beyond the gym. I hope to pass along my passion for volleyball to the next generation while encouraging them to be the best players, teammates, and people they can be.

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17s Assistant coach

Stephanie Conway

Stephanie is a former Acer's VBC player who is now returning as a coach. Stephanie played for Brodhead High School and then attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. During college, she enjoyed playing intramural volleyball and playing pick-up games of sand volleyball with friends. Stephanie is now pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UW-Madison and is excited to help as an assistant coach this season. 

Impact Certified

Safe Sport Certified

Key Point to Remember: Never forget the reason why you began to play the sport to begin with. Make sure to have fun and keep your mind open to new experiences.