Alverno College - Volleyball

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Coaching Staff

Susan Peterson
Head Coach

After serving as assistant coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Susan Peterson was elevated to Alverno's head volleyball coach just prior to the 2015 season.

She has been a part of three of the most successful seasons in program history from 2013-16. In 2013 and 2014, the Inferno recorded back-to-back 10-win seasons and an overall 20-31 record. The 10 wins are a single-season school record. Alverno volleyball tallied seven wins in 2015 -- tied for the third most wins in a season -- in Peterson's first season at the helm.

Prior to coaching at Alverno, Peterson was an assistant volleyball coach at Muskego High School for eight seasons. While she was an assistant coach at Muskego, the program won two Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 championships and was runner-up twice.

She also currently serves as the tournament director for the Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club.


Heather Mernitz
Assistant Coach

Mernitz has been on staff at Alverno as assistant volleyball coach since 2008.

In addition to the years under her belt as an Alverno assistant coach, Mernitz has extensive coaching experience at both the collegiate and club levels. From 2005-07, Mernitz served as the assistant coach for the MIT women's volleyball club. She also headed up the 17U team of the Rock County (Wis.) JO club volleyball team in 1998 in the middle of a stint at Beloit College as the assistant women's tennis coach and assistant women's softball coach from 1996-2000.

Besides her familiarity on the court as a coach, Mernitz was a member of the Kalamazoo College (Mich.) women's volleyball and women's softball teams, playing volleyball in 1993 and softball from 1993-96.

Mernitz has also experienced success on the volleyball court in post-collegiate competition at the USAV Adult Volleyball National Tournament, appearing on various teams. In 2003, Mernitz earned a spot on the all-tournament team as her squad won the gold medal in women's B/BB UVolley. She also earned a bronze medal in the women's B tournament in 2004 as well as silver and bronze medals in the B/BB Coed tournaments in 2005. Mernitz also stays active on the tennis court by competing in USTA tennis leagues and tournaments.

In addition to her coaching duties and athletic endeavors, Mernitz is also an assistant professor of physical science at Alverno.

Mernitz graduated from Kalamazoo with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1996, then went on to earn a master's degree in human nutrition and a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from Tufts University (Mass.) in 2002 and 2006, respectively.


Dan Dresen
Assistant Coach

Dresen joined the Inferno volleyball staff in the spring of 2015 as an assistant coach and was named head coach of the Inferno golf team May of 2017.

As a player, Dresen was a four-year member of the men's volleyball team at Quincy University, including a team captain his senior campaign. He earned his bachelor's degree in graphic design.

He served as co-head coach of Durham University's men's volleyball team from 2011-12 and received his master's in business management at the English university in 2012.

In addition to his duties at Alverno, Dresen is currently an assistant director and lead coach at Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club.


Torie Pasiewicz
Assistant Coach

Pasiewicz joined the Alverno staff as an assistant volleyball coach in the fall of 2016.

The Beach Park, Illinois native is a 2015 graduate of Lake Forest College where she earned her bachelor's degree in business and was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the Foresters volleyball squad.

Pasiewicz finished her college career with 2,492 assists, 1,048 digs, and 106 services aces. She became the first setter in program history to surpass the 1,000-digs mark and completed her career ranked third in school history.

She was named academic All-Midwest Conference her senior year.

In addition to her coaching duties with the Inferno, Pasiewicz is currently working on her MBA at Alverno and coaches with the Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club.