Janelle Katz (pronounced KAH-tz) enters her fifth season as Concordia University Wisconsin's head coach in 2017. During her four seasons, the Falcons risen to become one of the best teams in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. They won have won 79 matches overall and posted a 36-8 record in conference play during her time.
She guided the Falcons to the NACC regular season title (11-0) and NACC Tournament Championship in 2016. They have also won a program-record 24 victories (24-7) during the 2014 season, which included a 7-2 record at home, a 10-1 record in the NACC and the No. 2 seed in the NACC Tournament.
During her time as the Falcon mentor, she has guided the program to a 79-46 record and coached 18 All-NACC performers, including Ashley Jehlicka who earned AVCA All-Midwest Region Freshman of the Year honors in 2014. As well, Megan Mayer was named NACC Freshman of the Year in 2016 and Katz has twice earned NACC Coach of the Year honors (2016, 2014).
Katz was promoted to full-time head coach on March 12, 2013, as announced by Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Barnhill, after a season as the graduate assistant.
She served as the graduate assistant coach during the 2012 season helping the Falcons improve in numerous statistical categories. She coached alongside Joe Cawley, the program's winningest coach, who was the program's leader for 13 seasons. During her time as an assistant last season the Falcons total kills, total assists, total digs and total blocks all improved.
Katz's athletic bloodlines run deep as her father, Jeff, was the football head coach at CUW for 18 seasons winning a program-best 120 games and her older sisters played volleyball collegiately, Jessica at CUW and Jamie at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She came to CUW after an illustrious four-year playing career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The All-Big Ten setter brings an enormous amount of knowledge and talent to the Falcons coaching staff after finishing as one of the best setters in UW history.
During her time with the Badgers she was named to the All-Big Ten Conference Academic Team, earned the BTC Sportsmanship Award and numerous all-tournament team accolades. Katz finished her career sixth on the all-time UW list with 3,447 assists, seventh in digs per set (7.68) and total digs (1,131). She is also one of four Badgers to ever record a triple-double after finishing with 13 kills, 10 digs and 15 assists against the University of Michigan (Nov. 8, 2008).
The Menomonee Falls (Wis.) High School graduate was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Wisconsin in 2007 and was one of the top nationally ranked volleyball players. The 6-foot-1 student-athlete was a WIAA Scholar Athlete, and was the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year twice, among her various accolades. She was also the GMC Player of the Year for basketball and broke the school record for total points.
Gabrielsen earned a Bachelor's Degree in human development and family studies from UW-Madison and her Master's Degree in counseling. While at CUW, she will work towards her master's degree in professional and school counseling. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native is the daughter of Jeff and Jill. She has three older sisters, Jessica, Jolene and Jamie.
|2013||14-19 (.424)||6-5 (.545)||5th|
|2014||24-7 (.774)||10-1 (.909)||2nd|
|2015||18-12 (.600)||9-2 (.818)||3rd|
|2016||23-8 (.742)||11-0 (1.000)||1st||$|
$ NCAA Division III Tournament appearance