New leader takes over Grafton nets

Schaer brings more than a decade of club coaching experience, passion for volleyball to Black Hawks
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton High School has a new volleyball coach who is anything but new to volleyball. Or coaching.

Lindsay Schauer, who played in high school and college, began coaching in her senior year at Cardinal Stritch University. She has coached 12 seasons of club volleyball, including Next Level in Franklin, Wisconsin Premier and I Am.

Schauer said she is used to coaching 15 and 16-year-olds, her favorite age. This is her first varsity coaching position.

“I love the teamwork. My favorite part about playing was touching the balls that nobody thought you would touch. I just have so much fun with it,” she said.

Schauer’s father coached her in softball as a child, and she learned to view sports from a coaching perspective.

At Cardinal Stritch, Schauer played outside hitter and back row her first two seasons before moving to right-side hitter. She said she was a versatile player who could handle any position but middle hitter.

“I’m only 5-foot-6,” she said with a laugh.

Schauer manages a Club Pilates studio but is leaving that position to focus on her other job as a real estate agent, coaching and being a mother. She has a 1-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.

Schauer, her husband and family live in Grafton.

“I always knew that at some point I wanted to get into a varsity situation. This came up, and I thought if there was ever a town I really should pursue it’s Grafton because I want to be part of my own community,” she said.

Schauer said she hasn’t met all the girls yet and she wants to make an impact beyond high school.

“I think it’s about helping to spread the love of volleyball in general throughout all of the schools in Grafton,” she said.

“I really enjoy spreading my passion for the game to young players and teaching them all about volleyball. Volleyball does so much for kids. It teaches them life skills.”

Schauer replaces Austin Cass. The Black Hawks last season went 3-4 in the North Shore Conference, good for sixth place.

The Hawks begin this season Sept. 5 against Cedarburg.

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