Volleyball Coaching Staff:
First-year coach Kelsey Peterson joins the Mount Mary Athletics staff in charge of the volleyball program this season.
A native of Angola, Ind., Peterson obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Health & Kinesiology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., with a specialization in Movement & Sport Sciences. This past spring, she earned a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville before relocating to Milwaukee late this summer.
Peterson worked as a team manager in charge of statistics and video operation for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team for the 2011-12 fall and spring seasons, and spent last summer assisting at Phoenix Rising Club Volleyball team in Kerns, Tenn.
As a player, Peterson played one season on the Purdue University Volleyball Club team and was a four-year player at Angola High School.
Peterson currently lives in nearby Wauwatosa.
Jay Messar shifted his presence with the Mount Mary Department of Athletics, taking on an assistant coaching role for the Blue Angels volleyball program.
Messar graduated in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a second major in French. Encompassing both reporting and public relations tracks of the Journalism degree, Messar also tacked on minor certificates in European Studies and Global Cultures.
Messar began coaching volleyball last year as an assistant with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club and will continue his club coaching duties with the West Allis Lightning this season. The first-year MMC volleyball assistant entered the college coaching ranks as an assistant to the Blue Angels softball team last spring and also acts as the Sports Information Coordinator for Mount Mary Athletics.
A nine-time varsity letter-winner in basketball, cross country and golf at Luck High School in rural northwest Wisconsin, Messar continued his versatile athletic abilities by playing in 23 intramural sport seasons while at the University of Wisconsin. He played one year of club volleyball, representing the University of Wisconsin at various regional tournaments and was a member of the UW Badgers Women’s Basketball Scout Team.
Since relocating to Milwaukee in the fall of 2011, Messar has remained active in various athletics leagues around the city. He currently lives near downtown.