SPA is pleased to welcome three new head coaches to its athletics program. In addition to the spring announcements of Joe Dziedzic as the new boys hockey coach and Mark Heiser as the new head coach for the football program, SPA has also recently added three new coaches in volleyball, basketball, and fencing.
Rebecca Zenefski is the new JV and varsity girls volleyball coach, and according to co-athletic director Mike Brown, her enthusiasm and knowledge of the game has already helped grow the program from two teams to three. Brown also reports that when he observes team practices, "all I see is smiling faces." The Highland Villager had praise for Zenefski in its "Prep Volleyball Preview" in the September 15 issue. "Zenefski comes to the Spartans with a terrific resume," the Villager reported, noting that she was a member of the undefeated Robbinsdale Armstrong team that won a state high school championship, and also played collegiate volleyball at St. Cloud State and St. Catherine University. Zenefski graduated from St. Catherine's with a B.S. in exercise and sport science, and most recently coached at Cretin-Durham High School.
Anna Voltmer is the new varsity girls' basketball coach. Most recently, Voltmer was the head JV and assistant varsity basketball coach at Mahtomedia High School, and Brown notes that both her experience and recommendations from Mahtomedia were outstanding. Voltmer holds a B.S. in physical education from Minnesota State University in Mankato, where she also held a coaching internship during the Mankato women's team's championship season. "Our goals for this season are to get participation up in girls basketball," Brown says, "and Anna will bring a new level of enthusiasm and qualification to the program."
Zachary Moss, who will coach fencing this season, was a NCAA Division I fencer during his four years at Duke University and is currently training to qualify for the 2012 Olympic fencing team. He is also a certified personal trainer and serves as an assistant coach for SPA's girls' volleyball. "Zach has an incredible background in fencing and is experienced, calm, and highly organized," says Brown. "He'll do an outstanding job with our fencers." Moss holds a B.A. from Duke, where his fencing career included serving as team captain and qualifying for a regional championship.