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Coaching Staff

Lindsey Vanden Berg
Associate Head Coach

Lindsey Vanden Berg is starting her 12th season as the top assistant for the Panther volleyball program after spending two seasons as the program's director of operations.

Vanden Berg, formerly Lindsey Spoden, was a standout player for the Panthers from 2000-03, becoming the first-ever UWM player to earn Division I All-America honors. In fact, her play on the court during her time as a Panther has earned her a spot in the Bud K. Haidet UWM Athletics Hall of Fame.

A four-time All-Horizon League honoree, Vanden Berg was the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Midwest Region Freshman of the Year in 2000 and an honorable mention AVCA All-American in 2003. She also earned all-region honors twice and was the co-player of the year in the Horizon League in 2003.

Vanden Berg is second in school history in assists, fourth in digs and UWM's career leader in aces. She helped the Panthers to three NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of league titles during her stellar four-year career.

In her assistant coaching role, Vanden Berg has taken on more on-court responsibilities while also working extensively on the Panthers' recruiting efforts. Vanden Berg's spot on the staff also puts an alum of the program in a crucial role on the staff.

Vanden Berg started her coaching career by working with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club before returning to UWM in 2005.

A native of Alexandria, Minn., she married former Panther baseball player John Vanden Berg in the summer of 2007. The couple has a seven-year-old daughter, Brooke and a four-year-old son, Cole.

Eli Sharping
Assistant Coach

Eli Sharping enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee volleyball team in 2018.

Sharping joined the Panther staff in the Spring of 2017. Part of his duties at Milwaukee include serving as the team's defensive coach, as well as the statistical and technical coordinator for the Panthers.
Sharping comes to Milwaukee after spending the past two seasons at the University of Tulsa where he helped the Hurricane amass 34 wins, including a 19-13 record just last year.
Sharping arrived at Tulsa in 2015 after one season as the assistant coach with the East Carolina Pirates. In 2014, ECU posted 15 wins in a tough American Athletic Conference.
Prior to ECU, Sharping served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia during the 2013 season. Sharping was responsible for opponent scouting using Data Volley and Data Video. In his year with Georgia, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a 22-9 mark, which was the program's best record since 1994. He also led Georgia to an 11-win conference ledger which tallied the Bulldog's best SEC record since the 1995 season as they went on to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.
Prior to his stint at Georgia, Sharping served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to a 17-win season while assisting the coaching staff with opponent scouting, video exchange and on-campus recruiting.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Sharping also brings years of club-level success to Milwaukee. He spent five seasons as the head coach of the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wis., where he coached the 16, 17 and 18 age levels. In his second year with CVA, Sharping pioneered his squad to a ninth-place finish at the Junior Volleyball Association National Championships at the 18 Open Level before leading his 2010 team to a fifth-place showing at the 18 Open Level AAU National Championships.
Sharping also brings several years of camp experience to the Panthers as he has worked volleyball camps at Wisconsin, Marquette, Nebraska and Georgia.
While a student at Wisconsin, Sharping played for the men's club team from 2007-11 and served as a practice player for the women's volleyball team from 2008-11. He was also a member of the Sports Performance Boys' Volleyball Club from 2005-07. The all-area, all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection at Lake Park High School (Ill.) earned his Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from Wisconsin in 2012.