Spooky Nook Sports is pleased to announce that Gerald Conrad has been named the new Director of Volleyball. Gerald brings a tremendous amount of success and experience to our volleyball program. His knowledge, network, and leadership will be true assets to prospective volleyball athletes. Conrad will officially begin his duties at Spooky Nook Sports on June 4, 2015.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be the new leader of the Nook Volleyball Academy,” Conrad said. “I would like to thank Larry Hess, Sam Beiler, Michelle Saich, and the search committee for taking the time to get to know me throughout the interview process and welcoming my passion into the Nook family.”
As a coach, Conrad utilizes his wealth of knowledge in volleyball as well as psychology. He takes great pride in building a culture with families and truly understanding team dynamics. A Chicago native and former player at Lewis University, Conrad has played and coached at the highest levels for over ten years. Prior to his NCAA career, Conrad played alongside current US Olympians (Shoji, Anderson, & Holt) on the USA Men’s Junior National team from 2005-2006. His club experience includes Sports Performance, Sky High, and Wisconsin Juniors. He brings several years of NCAA coaching from McHenry County College, Marquette University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Conrad recently has worked camps at several top NCAA programs including Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Nebraska. Conrad assisted in the introduction and emergence of the sand volleyball program at Sky High Volleyball where he trained current Florida State Seminole Sand Volleyball player, Julia Thompson.
Over the past 10 years, Conrad has developed a training curriculum in all areas of the game and has achieved exceptional results while coaching. His accomplishments include: a top 10 finish in State, an AAU National Championship at 17-Open, and helping develop multiple current collegiate athletes. Conrad is passionate about the recruiting process and works hard to develop athletes equipped for collegiate volleyball.
Conrad’s enthusiasm and dedication to our organization will serve as the foundation for his success in this position.
“I truly believe that there is unlimited potential with the volleyball program at the Nook,” Conrad said. “The Keystone Region is one of the most up and coming regions for USA volleyball, and I look forward to being a part of proving we are among the elite.” (Conrad pictured third from the left)