Veteran coach takes over Pulaski volleyball program

Thibodeau has been coaching for 17 years

Former St. Norbert College and Notre Dame Academy head women’s volleyball coach Bethani Thibodeau is the new varsity head coach of Pulaski High School volleyball.

Thibodeau takes over for Valerie Spaulding, who led the program for three years and was previously an assistant coach.

“I am excited for Bethani to join our Pulaski coaching staff and keep moving Pulaski volleyball in the direction we want to go,” said Pulaski High School athletic director Janel Batten. “There is no doubt she will continue to build on the foundation that Coach Spaulding established here over the past couple years.”

Thibodeau is a field claims manager for ACUITY Insurance. She is a 1998 graduate of St. Norbert College with a major in business administration and a minor in communication.

“Coach Thibodeau brings with her a great amount of experience as well as a wealth of knowledge,” Batten said. “We are pleased to have her join our Pulaski family.”

Thibodeau was head coach at Notre Dame Academy from 2000 to 2008. Her teams won four conference titles, four regional titles and made it to the sectional finals four times. She was named coach of the year in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

In 2008, she assumed the head coach position at St. Norbert College. Her teams were conference and conference tournament champions in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and made the NCAA Division III Tournament each of those years. She was named coach of the year in 2008.

Since 2011, she has been national team coach of the Green Bay PoWer Volleyball Club, working to develop youth players and coaching throughout the Midwest at large-scale tournaments.

She was elected into the St. Norbert Collegiate Athletic Hall of Fame for her contributions as a volleyball player, basketball player and volleyball coach.

Thibodeau played volleyball, basketball and track at Notre Dame Academy. She was first team all-conference, first team all-area, Northeast Wisconsin Player of the Year, and all-state in volleyball. She was also first team all-conference, first team all-area, and all-state for basketball. While at Notre Dame, she broke the school record for scoring, which stood for almost 20 years. She was also all-state for track all four years for shotput, discus and the 4-by-100 relay.

At St. Norbert College, she played volleyball and basketball. She was captain, most valuable player and first-team all-conference for both sports. She led the volleyball team in kills per game and led the basketball team in scoring and rebounding as well as led the conference in field goal percentage.

“I am honored to be the new head volleyball coach at Pulaski High School,” Thibodeau said. “There are many talented athletes dedicated to the volleyball program, and I look forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together.”