Abbey Sutherland | Head Coach
Green Bay Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie has announced the hiring of Abbey Sutherland as the new head coach of the Green Bay Phoenix volleyball program, who began her role on March 12, 2018.
"I am thrilled to welcome Abbey and her family to the UW-Green Bay community," said Charles Guthrie. "Not only has Abbey coached NCAA Division I, she's an exceptional teacher and recruiter. Throughout her career, she has exhibited an uncanny proven ability to connect with and develop student-athletes. With a strong core returning, I have no doubt that Abbey will keep our women's volleyball program trending towards excellence. We are excited to have her."
Sutherland comes to the Phoenix after spending the previous five seasons at nearby UW-Stevens Point, where she led the Pointers to a 146-36 record during her successful tenure. Under Sutherland's leadership, UWSP won two WIAC regular season championships, two WIAC tournament championships and back-to-back runs to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
"I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Green Bay women's volleyball program. I want to thank Charles Guthrie and the search committee for their confidence in me, and for welcoming me into the Phoenix Athletics family," said Sutherland. "It is evident that the team is motivated to be exceptional students, teammates, and competitors, and I am excited to get to work.
"I also want to thank UW-Stevens Point for an incredible five-year journey. I learned a ton and worked with outstanding student-athletes. I am very proud of what the team has accomplished on and off the court."
The West Bend, Wis., native has averaged over 29 wins per season during her time as head coach with the Pointers, and enjoyed a standout playing career at St. Norbert College in De Pere, where she was twice named MWC Player of the Year. Sutherland chose to return to her home state of Wisconsin in 2013, accepting the head coaching job at UWSP after spending three seasons as the head coach at Southern Miss.
In what was considered to be "rebuilding" year in 2017, Sutherland still led the Pointers to 24 wins with a very young and inexperienced team. In 2016, UWSP amassed 27 wins behind four experienced seniors and Sutherland's guidance. Her 2015 team qualified for the NCAA Tournament, winning its first game before falling in the Second Round, finishing 27-9 in that season.
In 2014, UW-Stevens Point was 33-5 overall, including a 21-match winning streak prior to falling to Emory in four sets in the national semifinals. The Pointers won the St. Paul Regional with sweeps of St. Benedict and Coe before edging Cornell (Iowa) 15-11 in the fifth set to claim the regional championship for the second-straight season. At the NCAA Division III Championship in Newport News, Va., the Pointers claimed a thrilling five-set win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by a 16-14 score in the decisive fifth set.
In Sutherland's first season of 2013, UW-Stevens Point went on the deepest NCAA Tournament run at that time in program history, making it all the way to the national semifinals. UWSP defeated three straight teams ranked in the top six, before falling to Cal Lutheran. In 2013, the Pointers compiled an overall record of 35-5 and the 35 wins were the most by a UWSP team since 1985. The team won 24 straight matches prior to the loss to Cal Lutheran.
Sutherland coached two-time WIAC Player of the Year Alexis Hartman, who was UW-Stevens Point's first-ever conference player of the year and four-time All-WIAC pick. Sutherland has also coached over 10 All-WIAC players and helped sophomore April Gehl earn AVCA Honorable Mention honors this past season, who led the WIAC in kills and ended the season with 14 double-doubles in the final 18 matches.
Prior to coming to UWSP, Sutherland spent three seasons as head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi. She compiled a 44-47 record as head coach there, taking over the program in 2010, after spending six seasons as an assistant coach with the program, four as the team's top assistant.
Sutherland's 2011 Golden Eagles had three student-athletes earn All-Conference USA honors including a first team selection and a first team all-region performer. The 2012 squad continued its academic excellence and earned its third consecutive team academic award from the AVCA and had a player earn Capital One Academic Second Team All-American accolades.
In 2010, Sutherland guided Southern Miss to a 19-12 record and a fourth-place finish in Conference USA. Sutherland is one of only two first-year head coaches in volleyball to record a winning season at Southern Miss.
She completed her collegiate playing career with the Green Knights with 4,554 assists, 1,503 digs and 128 aces. Sutherland was a three-time First-Team All-Midwest Conference selection and a two-time conference Player of the Year. She twice received honorable-mention all-region honors.
Sutherland helped St. Norbert finish first in the Midwest Conference in 2002 and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was voted her team's most valuable player as a junior and senior and also received academic all-conference honors.
She received her bachelor's degree in Spanish and secondary education in 2004 from St. Norbert and a master's degree in teaching languages, with a Spanish emphasis from Southern Mississippi in 2006.
Sutherland is the sixth head coach of the Green Bay volleyball program, replacing Sean Burdette who accepted the head coaching position at the University of Memphis in January.
Korey Schroeder | Assistant Coach
Korey Schroeder will be entering his first season as the volleyball program's assistant coach, after being hired in late May 2018.
This past season, Schroeder helped UW-Platteville get off to its best start in program history (7-0) before the team finished above .500 on the year for the first time since the 2012 season. Prior to his stint with the Pioneers, Schroeder served as the assistant coach at WIAA power Newman Catholic High School in Wausau, Wis.
In his two seasons at Newman, Schroeder helped the team capture the WIAA State Championship in both 2015 and 2016. He helped coach a pair of All-State players and assisted the team to a 74-8 record in his two seasons on the sidelines.
A native of Kaukauna, Wis., Schroeder has also spent the past three seasons leading the Wisconsin ICE Volleyball Club, including two years as head coach at the 16s level. He also served as the assistant coach for the 18-1’s with the Wisconsin ICE.
Schroeder was an All-State high school selection in 2009 for Kaukauna High School and played club volleyball during his time at UW-Platteville, where he was twice named to the NCVF All-Tournament Team. He also served two seasons as a student assistant at UWP.