Meet our Coaches
WAC Club Coaching Staff 2020-2021
We cant say enough about our coaching staff. There is a lot of talent and knowledge here and they are ready to work with their individual teams, as well as help out with the other teams. Our goal is to teach all aspects of the game as well as how to be a young athlete in school athletics.
Head Coach 11's
Started season 2017-18
Stephanie Barthels - Varsity Volleyball Head Coach WISD
Stephanie Barthels started her coaching career while going to college. She was at Wharton Co Jr College and was on scholarship to be the assistant volleyball coach. She then transferred to Texas Lutheran and while going to school and was the head volleyball and basketball coach at Lifegate Christian School for a year. She graduated in 2003 from TLU. In 2004, she started her public school teaching/coaching at Marion ISD. She was a middle school coach her first year and then she became the Head volleyball coach, JV basketball, and assistant track coach for 3 years. After her stint in Marion she came to Canyon Lake HS and was the freshmen volleyball and basketball coach for 3 years.
Stephanie started WISD in the 2010-2011 school year. She's now been at Wimberley for 9 years. She has coached freshman volleyball and JV volleyball, along with MS and freshman basketball, and also MS track. She and her husband John have 1 four legged girl, Remington, who is the best big 'sister' to their 2 legged baby girl, Judith. In her years teaching she has taught science, health, and Special Education.
Stephanie loves to travel out West to Montana and leads a trip annually from the school that visits National Parks. She also includes hanging with her family, going to church, watching college and high school sports.
Coach Maddie Kret
ASST. Coach 11's & 12's
Started WAC season 2020-2021
Welcome Coach Maddie!
Meet Maddie Kret!
Maddie is a Wimberley Texan Alum!
Maddie moved to Wimberley when she was in 6th grade. Maddie started playing club volleyball when she was 10 years old. Maddie continued competitive club volleyball through her Jr. High and High School years. Maddie earned her spot on the Varsity volleyball team her Junior and Senior year’s as a DS/Libero.
At Wimberley High School Maddie was also on the Varsity Track Team for three years and competed in both 4X4 and hurdles.
You may recognize her from Hays City Store where she works part time while attending Texas State University! Go Bobcats!!
Maddie is a junior at TXST and will earn her degree in Exercise Sports Science and pre-rehabilitation and plans to be a Physicians Assistant.
Maddie will be an Assistant Coach to both 12’s and the 11’s along with her former High School Volleyball Coach, Stephanie Barthels.
Welcome Maddie, we are so happy to have you!
Coach Mercedes Salinas
Head Coach 10's
Asst. Coach 11's
Started season 2020-2021
Wimberley ISD Alum
Mercedes is a Born and raised Wimberley native!
Mercedes played multiple sports durning her Jr. High and High School years in Wimberley.
Mercedes played 2 years of club volleyball and played select softball and basketball for 7 years. During High School she earned her position on varsity softball all 4 years.
Mercedes has always been a big part of Wimberley Athletics and is currently working as a coach at Danforth Jr High. She also coaches swim and softball for Wimberley High school.
Coach Salinas will be getting married to her high school sweetheart this December!
Congratulations to them!
I love traveling. I especially love being near water!
I can’t wait to work with WAC and make all the great memories I made as a kid.
Head Coach 12's
Welcome Coach Bargfrede!!
Head Freshman Volleyball Coach - WISD
Started WAC season 2020-2021
Cady grew up in Katy, Texas and graduated from Katy High School where she was a multi-sport athlete. She attended Texas A&M University - Kingsville where she played volleyball for 4 years.
Cady started her career in education in 2105. Cady started at Wimberley High School in 2019 and is currently teaching World History.
We are so excited to have her!
"Along with teaching here at WHS I coach volleyball and softball. I have been married for seven years and we welcomed our son, Dakota in May of 2020. I enjoy being outdoors and taking in the natural beauty that our state has to offer"
Head Coach 14's
Mattie started playing Club volleyball at age 10. Mattie has been in the WAC Family since second grade as a Little Digger followed by five competitive years of WAC’s Club Volleyball program and two years at an outside club. At Wimberley High School, Mattie was a 3 year varsity letter winner in Volleyball as a Defensive Specialist/Libero. Mattie’s Senior year, she lead her team through the Area Championship and ended as a Regional QTR Finalist. Mattie was awarded First Team - All District as well as Academic All-District. Mattie is a three time Academic All-District honoree, an All-District Defensive MVP, three-time Team Defensive MVP. Mattie was Coached by our own Stephanie Barthels! Her Junior year her team finished as a Regional QTR-finalist while she earned second-team honors. Her Sophomore year she helped lead her team to finish as Semi Regional Finalists playing in the State Semi Finals, earning Semi Regional Champs. Her Freshman year she was moved up in playoff's and played earning Area Champs and ending as a Regional QTR-Finalist.
In Addition, Mattie is a three-year Letter winner in Track where she advanced all three years to Regionals in three different events. Mattie is also a three-year letter winner in Softball and was named First-Team All District and All-State Academics. Mattie was voted by her peers her Freshman and Senior year's for the Homecoming Court.
Mattie continued her volleyball career with the Texas State Volleyball team and lettered her Freshman, Sophomore & Junior year and competed as a Defensive Specialist.
Mattie ended her volleyball career with her team earning the regular season Sunbelt Conference Champs & Sunbelt Conference Champs 2018. Mattie was active with the Bobcats and did several volunteer activities as well as supported many of the other Bobcat teams. Mattie served 2 years with SAAC, Student Athletic Advisory Committee and 1 year as vice president for SAAC.
Mattie has worked for WAC for 7 years with volleyball camps and clinics, 4 years as an assistant coach, 2 years Head Coach.
Mattie will graduate August 2020 from Texas State University with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Coaching Athletics.
Rhyan is a senior at Wimberley High School, Class 2021. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society for the last two years, she is also leading WISD as a multi-sport athlete.
Rhyan is entering her 3rd year in Varsity Volleyball as a Defensive Specialist/Libero where she plays for our very own, Coach Stephanie Barthels.
Her junior year she lead her team as the Libero, earning the title of Regional Quarter Finalists and she was awarded Defensive MVP and Academic All District. Her sophomore year she lead her team as a Defensive Specialist, earning Area Champions.
Rhyan is also entering her fourth season of Varsity Basketball where she served as team captain last season and was awarded 2nd team All-District as well as Academic All-District all three years.
Rhyan is a two year letter winner for Softball where she was awarded Honorable Mention and Academic All-District, both years.
Rhyan is also an accomplished asset to the Varsity Track Program.
Her events have included 4X4 relay and competed in Regionals for two years, the 4X2 relay which advanced to Regionals both years and State one year, the 4x1 relay all three years.
Her Freshman year she was Varsity Cross Country and came in 3rd in the District meet. Rhyan was awarded Academic All-District all 3 years.
Rhyan played in our own Little Diggers Program in 5th grade when her family moved to Wimberley. Rhyan just completed her 4th year of Club Volleyball.
Rhyan is an amazing athlete and does a great job representing Wimberley High School as a Lady Texan. She was voted by her peers two years for the Homecoming Court.
She has also been a coach for our Little Diggers program for 3 years. Texan Pride!
Rhyan’s future plans are to attend college and pursue a degree in nursing and eventually become a nurse practitioner. She also looks forward to raising her own family one day.
“I come from a sports family where all of my siblings play multiple sports, and my parents played college sports. I have 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister. My family means everything to me. My older brothers have always been role models for me, and I strive to set a great example for my little sister as well, both as a person and an athlete. My family and I also love animals! We’ve got a house full with 6 dogs, 2 cats, a bunny and a pig! When I’m not playing sports, my hobbies are working out, and hanging out with my friends at the river or lake. I love the summertime. I could spend every day of my life at the beach sitting under the sun”. - Coach Rhyan
Head Coach 17's
started WAC Club Season 2018-2019
Coach Doug Milner
All those State Championship banners in the gym…..…
This guy was right there along side Coach Grisham, putting in some serious work.
We are very proud to have Coach Milner back at home in Wimberley.
Coach Milner has been playing and/or coaching volleyball since 1975 (yes, Gerald Ford was president !) His WORDS!
He is a Graduate of UT Austin 1981 (I bleed burnt orange !) More of his words!
He has been married to his beautiful wife, Natalie, for 27 years. They have two wonderful kids…Maddie Jo age 25 (member of 2007 Wimberley State Champs) and Evan Douglas age 21 (Professional Golf Associate at Barton Creek Resorts)
Coach Milner recently retired after 28 years as a high school social studies teacher/coach at Sommerville, Johnson City, Boerne, Temple, Wimberley and Steele High School.
We are pleased to drag him out of retirement to coach our 17’s!
Coach Milner has coached volleyball at the college club, junior club and high school levels. He is USAV CAP II certified.
In his 28 years of coaching UIL volleyball:
– made playoffs 23 years
– 18 District Championships
– 9 Regional Finals
– 7 Final Four appearances
– 6 State Championships (all with Wimberley) TEXAN PRIDE
“I am very honored to return to the Wimberley area and most especially proud to be working for a great man like Gary “Catfish” Pigg and WAC volleyball”
Meet Coach Trena
This is Trena’s first year with WAC.
Trena played club volleyball for 9 years.
Trena attended Lockhart High School for her Freshman and Sophomore year’s then transferred to Canyon Lake High School for her Junior and Senior years. She played varsity volleyball all 4 years. She was Libero for 3 of those year’s and served as Captain for 2 of those years. She was awarded Defensive “MVP” for 2 years.
In addition to volleyball she lettered in 6 sports during her high school career:
volleyball, basketball, track, cheer, soccer, softball. Her senior year she was only still active in volleyball, basketball, and track. As for track, she lettered all 4 years of high school, and was awarded the “star runner” for 2 years. She lettered in basketball 3 years, was captain 2 years and defensive MVP all 4 years of high school, and awarded overall MVP 2 years.
On to Texas Tech University where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Sports Management and studied Pre-Law.
Trena Fun Fact : She was actually supposed to go to Hawaii for basketball, but her surgeries began the summer before college which is ultimately what led her to Texas Tech, and thus club volleyball At Texas tech.
During her four years at Texas Tech she joined the Texas Tech Club Team and played Libero, as well as team captain. During which time her club team made it to Nationals! She was only able to play her freshman, junior and senior years of college due to 3 ankle surgeries and a knee surgery all during college where she had to juggle sports around. During this time she was invited to practice with the Texas Tech team which resulted in them offering her a position her junior year, but unfortunately was unable to play due to injury.
Trena will be assisting Coach Doug Milner and this years 17’s club team!
Individual Skills Coach
Started Season 2018-19
Coach Gillman is our new WISD Jr. High Coach, where she will be coaching volleyball, basketball and track. She will also be teaching American History. Coach Gillman is a graduate of Canyon Lake High School 2013, where she played both Basketball and Volleyball. In Basketball she won First Team - All District and was awarded Comal County Player of The Year. In her high school volleyball career, she won First Team - All District, MVP and Second Team - All District.
Coach Gillman has coached club for Canyon Lake Club for several years.
Coach Gillman has also run and/or assisted several team camps for multiple sports.
Coach Gillman attended Dallas Christian College and transferred to Texas State University and graduated in 2018. She played volleyball at Dallas Christian College and won All Region Player. She holds a major in History and a minor in Education.
In Addition, Coach Gillman was just married in July to her husband Cody. She also plays a lot of sand volleyball in the summer and loves to fish - A LOT! Fishing is one of her favorite things to do.
This will be Coach Gillman's third season to coach with WAC and we are so happy to have her. Look for her running our Network camp for 6th graders.
Evan is the son of our Coach Doug Milner. Evan is 22 years old.
He is a 2015 Graduate of Steele High School where his dad taught at all 4 years.
Evan is currently an Assistant Golf Professional at Barton Creek Country Club.
He is also currently working toward a degree in Professional Golf Management through the PGA of America.
Grew up going to club volleyball/high school volleyball games watching his sister fall, spring and summer of every year.
He learned to love it over time as a young kid and having grown up learning more and more about the fundamentals and always knew that at some point in his life he'd love the opportunity to be able to coach with his Dad and sure enough it's a dream coming true!