Stoughton names former Verona, UW-Green Bay standout Jillian Bauer as its new girls volleyball coach
Jillian Bauer, who made a tremendous impact while playing for the Verona High School and UW-Green Bay volleyball programs, now has the chance to make a different sort of impact on the court.
Bauer, a 2016 UW-Green Bay graduate, has been named head coach of the Stoughton girls volleyball program, according to a Twitter post by athletic director Mel Dow.
Bauer starred as a libero and defensive specialist at Verona, leading the Wildcats to a 42-1 record and the quarterfinals of the WIAA state tournament as a senior. She earned first-team All-State and first-team All-State Tournament awards, was named Wisconsin State Journal and Big Eight Conference Player of the year, and was a finalist for the Gatorade Player of the Year honor.
Bauer scored 385 kills and 369 digs as a senior, earning her third all-Big Eight honor and second team MVP award.
Bauer then joined the Ohio State University women’s volleyball program, appearing in 24 matches and starting in four as a freshman.
However, she transferred to UW-Green Bay for her sophomore year, and had three successful seasons with the Phoenix, earning pre-season Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014 and league Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2015 under coach Sean Burdette.
Bauer replaces Kelly Sorensen, who stepped down after seven years as leader of the program. She surpassed 100 career victories in 2016, when Stoughton shared the Badger South Conference title.
Stoughton went 3-4 in league matches last year, finishing in a four-way tie for third place and falling to Westosha Central in a WIAA Division 1 regional final. Stoughton is scheduled to return two players who earned first- or second-team All-Badger South honors last season.