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Badger Region Director named to Hall of Fame board

The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) recently announced the addition of four new members to their Board of Directors: Jennifer Armson-Dyer, Joseph Campbell, Heather Furman and Danny New.

Armson-Dyer is the Director of Operations for the Badger Region of USA Volleyball. She played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she was a three time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and team captain her senior year. 

Read more on the Badger Region Website

Erica Gifford Mills

Coach Mills to host book signing event

By Admin 09/12/2018, 9:15am CDT

Erica Gifford Mills, a second-year Midwest Penguin Volleyball Coach will host an author reception and book signing from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16

Erica Gifford Mills, a second-year Midwest Penguin Volleyball Coach will host an author reception and book signing from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Vintage 38 Wine & Craft Beer Lounge in Greendale. Her book, The Professional Woman: Self Esteem, Confidence & Empowerment, is her first co-authored book.

In 2018, Erica coached the Midwest Penguins 11Red team. Professionally, she is the founder and president of Balanced Symmetree. She provides one-on-one and group coaching, workshops and speaking engagements to women of all ages throughout the United States and abroad. She is a certified International Empowerment and Life Coach.

“Everyone who co-authored the book has a chapter,” Erica said. “My chapter happens to be the first chapter, entitled “The Rooted Life: Live, Love & Let Go!”

The chapter is named after a 12-week signature series she developed for Balanced Symmetree and lays the groundwork to going after what sets your soul on fire.

“It’s about self empowerment and eliminating negative self-talk and limiting beliefs,” she said.

“It’s about loving yourself and living it up, and how to do that and become the person you want to be.”

Erica works primarily with women and young teens, which is part of the reason coaching was such an easy extension for her.

“We focus on building confidence, self esteem, and believing in yourself,” she said. “I love to coach girls to gain confidence and build on their skills. It’s all about having that voice, literally and figuratively. I love the sport and being able to shape the lives of these young women.”

Standing at only 5’4” Erica worked hard and was a standout volleyball player in high school, and earned herself a spot on the team at University Wisconsin Eau Claire.

By March, Erica will have four books on the market.

Books will be available for purchase at the event on Sunday for $20 which also includes appetizers, and a glass of wine, craft beer, espresso drink or a soda. Erica will also be available for signing and will read an excerpt from the book.

“It will be a very casual event,” she said. “But I hope people will have an opportunity to learn a few things too. As people, we’ve all had those things in the back of our mind that stop us from doing something, we’ve all dealt with negative thoughts and not loving ourselves enough. We are all works in progress, but this book is about feeling confident, comfortable in our own skin, living it up and celebrating every moment.”

Through all aspects of her professional and personal life, Erica tries to  inspire, motivate and empower those around her to look at all areas of their lives using integrative and holistic techniques to become balanced. By creating this balance, they are able to grow and achieve their deepest desires.


Sunday, September 16, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Vintage 38 Wine & Craft Beer Lounge
Historic Village of Greendale
5648 Broad Street 


By Admin 09/11/2018, 9:30am CDT

Midwest Penguins 15 Black middle hitter, Alexis Boling, recently returned home from Tulsa, Oklahoma after being selected to participate the High Performance program.

Midwest Penguins 15 Black middle hitter, Alexis Boling, recently returned home from Tulsa, Oklahoma after being selected to participate the High Performance program.

The Badger Region Girls’ High Performance (HP) program is an avenue for the Region’s premier players to receive training and competition opportunities from some of the top coaches in Badger Region.

This year, coaches for the National Select team were Susan Peterson and Dan Dresen of Alverno.

The Badger Region HP program is the regional chapter of USA Volleyball’s HP programs.

There are three stages of the program, tryouts, training teams and championship teams.

Tryouts for the team happened back in March and the training camp took place in Green Bay in July.

After camp, Alexis was selected as one of 11 players to fill the Badger Region HP Championship Team that competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa July 24 through July 28.

Midwest Penguins is proud of Alexis and her performance and we recently talked with her about her experience.

How did you first hear about or become involved in the High Performance Camp?
“We first heard about the High Performance Program through the Badger Regional Website and through other parents and players.”

When was camp and where did your family travel to?
“The camp was in Green Bay in early July.  From the camp they chose 11 girls to compete on the Badger Region High Performance Team which competed in Tulsa, Oklahoma against teams from across the country and indeed across the globe.”

What was your schedule like while there? Can you walk us through your typical day?
“The camp was structured like any other elite volleyball camp...  breakfast, volleyball, lunch, volleyball, dinner, volleyball and lights out.  There were a lot of drills and 6 on 6 play. It was super fun, and super tiring.”

You traveled as a family, did you enjoy the experience? Was there time to enjoy your time together?
“My mom did travel to Tulsa with me.  We stayed as a team and ate all, except one meal as a team.  It was nice to see her face in the crowd throughout the week.”

What was your favorite part about participating in High Performance Camp?
“My favorite part, outside of the volleyball was meeting girls from other clubs and getting to know them.  The girls were really fun and we had a blast both on and off the court.”

Would you do it again, or recommend others get involved?
“Yes, I will absolutely tryout again.  The volleyball is very competitive and it's fun to play against some of the best players in the nation and from other countries.  The other girls on the team were awesome and I made some good friends.”

For a slideshow of photos from the event, click here.

  • Coach Drew to host JDRF Fundraiser

  • By Admin 09/11/2018, 9:15am CDT
  • Midwest Penguins 11 Black Coach Drew Mussfeldt will host the 2018 Team Alyssa JDRF Fundraiser and Golf Outing on Saturday, August 25 at Broadlands Golf Club in North Prairie, Wisconsin.
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