Head Volleyball Coach
Augustana College ’00
Lindsey Wilber is entering her second season as the head coach of the DWU volleyball team and looks to get the program going in the right direction. She returns many of her contributing varsity players from a year ago and will work to develop the incoming talent into productive members of the team in 2015.
The Tigers started the 2014 season 4-1 after a successful weekend at the Corn Palace Classic in late August. DWU finished 7-28 and 1-15 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Tigers did snap a near two-year drought in the GPAC with a win on the road against rival Mount Marty College.
The Tigers return several key pieces in 2015, including a pair of All-GPAC Honorable Mentions. Juniors Lauren Tadlock and Michelle Van Epps were both honored after strong seasons in Wilber’s first season. Tadlock led the Tigers with 345 kills and ranked 36th in the NAIA in kills per set with 3.48. Van Epps quickly shot up the all-time DWU record books with her play in 2014. Van Epps was the lone Tiger to play in all 29 matches, recording a team-high 1,042 assists. The season total places Van Epps eighth on the all-time Tigers career assist list. Van Epps’ 9.74 assists per set was good enough for third in the GPAC and 34th in the NAIA.
Senior Maggie Stehly also made her mark on the DWU record books in 2014, crossing the 1,000-dig mark in her junior season. Stehly recorded a team-high 439 digs in 2014 and enters her final year with 1,125 in her career. Outgoing senior MacKenzie Stevens also reached a milestone in 2014, finishing her career with 506 digs. Stevens was also named an NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Wilber, a Lakefield, Minn., native, worked as the Sioux Falls South 17u club coach in Sioux Falls, S.D., prior to joining DWU. She also founded and directed the TIBBS Volleyball Academy in Sioux Falls from 2010-12 and worked with up to 300 volleyball players annually on skill development. Wilber also was a varsity assistant at Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School from 2002-05, and worked as the club director and a coach for the Sioux Falls South team from 2003-06.
Wilber played college volleyball at Augustana College in Sioux Falls from 1997-2000. She earned AVCA All-American First Team honors in 1999 and 2000 and second team All-American honors as a sophomore in 1998. She was All-North Central Conference and All-North Central Region selection three years in a row, and was named a Successful Farming All-American and a Lutheran Brotherhood All-American in 2000. She was part of the NCAA Division II national runner-up team in 2000, and is still second in kills, third in total attacks, fifth in digs and eighth in service aces for a career at Augustana.
Wilber lives in Mitchell with her husband, Matt, who is the head men’s basketball coach at DWU. They have four sons: AJ and Ben (9), Nathan (7) and Tyson (2).
Assistant Volleyball Coach
After a successful career with the Dakota Wesleyan volleyball team in 2005 and 2006, Katrina Talley returned to DWU as an assistant for head coach Lindsay Wilber. Talley is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Tigers and will continue to work with the varsity and junior varsity teams in practice and on game days.
Talley was an outside hitter/defensive specialist for the Tigers while attending DWU and finished her career with more than 600 digs. She served as a student assistant for the Tigers in 2008.
Most recently, Talley coached the Corn Palace Area Club 18u team in the spring of 2014. The Lake Andes, S.D., native teaches the first grade at Longfellow Elementary School. Katrina is married to Kevin Talley, a former basketball standout for the Tigers from 2005 to 2007. They live in Mitchell and have two children: son Markus, 8, and daughter Nia, 3.