Ryan Altenburg is entering his 5th year coaching high school volleyball and his first year as a member of the Downers Grove South coaching staff. Before joining the Mustang family, Coach Altenburg gained four years of coaching experience at Bolingbrook High School, where he coached two years of freshman girls volleyball before moving up to varsity assistant and was the varsity assistant (2 years) and then head varsity coach (2 years) for the boys volleyball program. Coach Altenburg also has 4+ years of club coaching experience with one year of 15U with Counter-attack out of Orland Park and 3 years coaching 16U and 17U at Ultimate Volleyball club in Mokena/Frankfort. Coach Altenburg played 4 years of volleyball at Oak Lawn High school with sectional final experience. After graduating, he earned his CTE degree with a focus in industrial technology at Eastern Illinois University where he was a 4 year member of the Men’s Volleyball club team and practice player/team manager for 1 year with the Women’s NCAA team at EIU.
From the coach….
I am absolutely THRILLED to be joining the DGS family and even more amped to be given this opportunity to contribute to an already strong Downers Grove South girls’ volleyball program. Although I am new to the program, I can already tell that the hard-working attitude and collaborative, family-like culture of this program is going to help me feel right at home on the coaching staff. As excited as I am to get into the gym and help our girls rack up some wins, I am above all else looking forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact on the individuals within this program and support them in their efforts to become the best student-athletes and best people they can be. GO MUSTANGS!
Kristee Conrad is entering her 1st year as Downers Grove South Head Volleyball coach, but 7th year coaching at DGS and 11th year overall. She has experience coaching club volleyball for Lions Jrs./1st Alliance VBC, Lions fall league, Next Level Athlete/Lions/College camps and private lessons, high school varsity volleyball at JTHS, and grade school volleyball. In addition to coaching, she is a certified personal trainer and does nutrition coaching in her spare time.
She began playing volleyball in 4th grade and immediately began her club experience at Lions Juniors. During high school, she received 4 letters and multiple All-American Academic Athlete Awards, All Conference Awards, and All Area Awards. After high school, she continued to play on scholarship at the collegiate level on a nationally ranked team. Throughout college, she played outside hitter, yet has experience playing just about every position on the court. She graduated with her degree in two of her other biggest passions, Special Education and Spanish and returned to USF to complete her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction as well. She recently graduated with another Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principal Endorsement. She is currently a Learning and Behavior Specialist at DGS, focusing on mathematics and chemistry as well as a technology coach.
From the coach…..
I truly believe that I have learned my skills (and life lessons) from some of the best coaches around and cannot wait to pass on my knowledge to your daughters! I have a contagious passion for the sport and for coaching and I want your girls to succeed as student-athletes. My goal is to develop their volleyball skills, instill a never-ending passion for the game, but most importantly, teach them life lessons that extend far beyond the court.
Lauren is entering her first year with the volleyball program at DGS. Her prior coaching experience includes 4 seasons at Michio Volleyball Academy coaching girls ages 11-14. Lauren also had the opportunity to be a Graduate Assistant at Division III Concordia University Chicago for one season. Lauren graduated from Saint Xavier University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and is studying to earn her Master’s of teaching in Special Education at National Louis University. She is currently a para-educator in the special services department at DGS.
Lauren’s volleyball career began in 3rd grade and she immediately began her club career at Dunes Volleyball Club. During high school, Lauren lettered 3 seasons. She helped the team reach two sectional championships, a regional championship, and a final four appearance in 2010.
Lauren also played collegiate volleyball at Saint Xavier University for four years assisting in an NAIA National Championships opening round appearance in 2012. In 2015, she was named co-captain of the team for her senior season. Lauren continues to try and be as involved with volleyball as she can as it was a huge part of her life growing up.
From the coach....
Volleyball has made a great impact in my life both athletically and by teaching me many life lessons along the way. I grew up eating, sleeping and breathing volleyball, I love the fact that something you enjoy can be a passion while helping you grow in life. I look forward to being a part of this great program and teaching and supporting your girls to the best of my ability. I look forward to passing on my volleyball knowledge as well as learning from your girls along the way.