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Paul Meyer enters his seventh season as the head volleyball coach at Waldorf College.
Under Meyer’s leadership, the Warriors recorded back-to-back third-place finishes in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) in 2012 and 2013. Waldorf was the 2012 MCAC Tournament runner-up, falling to 17th-ranked Bellevue University. The Warriors set school records for wins in 2012 (23) and 2013 (24). Waldorf got off to a slow start during the 2013 campaign, beginning the season with nine straight losses before finishing strong with a 24-15 record. The Warriors defeated Haskell Indian Nations University in the first round of the MCAC Tournament and then lost a five-set match to College of the Ozarks in the semifinals.
Before returning to Waldorf College in 2008, Meyer spent 19 years as a high school coach in Minnesota. During his high school coaching career, Meyer accumulated over 200 wins and was voted 8AAA Section Coach of the Year during his tenure at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
Coach Meyer began his volleyball career as an assistant at United South Central (Wells, Minn.) coaching under Hall of Fame Coach Pete Beckerman. After helping USC to a 2nd place finish at the Minnesota State Tournament, he moved on and started his Head Coach coaching career at Alden-Conger (1993), Albert Lea (1994-1997), Luverne (1998), New Ulm (1999-2000), and finishing his high school career at Sauk Rapids (2001-2007).
Meyer has been a very active part of the volleyball community across the Midwest throughout his career. He has coached a variety of club teams including Granite City in St. Cloud, Minn.; Heartland in Monticello, Minn.; and his own club, The Warrior Volleyball Club, in Forest City. He has also been a yearly speaker at area coach's clinics including the Minnesota Coaches Association Clinic in the fall.
During the summer months, Coach Meyer instructs numerous camps throughout the Midwest. In the past two years Meyer has either directed or assisted at over 20 camps and has worked at well over 150 during his career.
Meyer, who received his associate's degree at Waldorf College in 1987, attended Mankato State University, graduating in 1991 with a degree in physical education.
Mandy Strom begins her first season as the assistant volleyball coach at Waldorf College.
Strom joined the Warriors in January 2014. Her volleyball coaching career started at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she served as head coach during the 2010-11 school year. Strom spent three seasons as head coach at Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charter High School from 2011 to 2013. She also coached the Matrix Volleyball Academy – a traveling team from Florida.
Strom, a native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., graduated from Charles W. Flanagan High School in 2005. She went on to attend Ohio Valley University where she played NCAA Division II volleyball and softball for the Fighting Scots.
Strom earned her degree from Ohio Valley in 2010, graduating with bachelor's of science in mathematics. She is currently earning a master's of science degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.
Katie Rueffer enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Waldorf College volleyball team.
Rueffer is a native of Batavia, Ill. and graduated from Batavia High School in 2010. She went on to continue her volleyball career and education at Elmhurst College.
While playing NCAA Division III volleyball at Elmhurst, Rueffer helped the Bluejays turn around their program. During her freshman year, the team finished with a 24-13 record and was unranked. Rueffer’s junior season at Elmhurst included a 33-8 record and a Final 4 finish. Her senior year concluded with the team posting a 37-5 record, a trip to the Sweet 16 and a top 25 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.
Rueffer graduated from Elmhurst in 2014, earning a bachelor’s of arts degree in physical education with minors in health and coaching. She is currently earning a master’s of science degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.
Cassie Christianson begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Waldorf College volleyball team.
Christianson graduated from Lake Mills High School in 2009. Serving as a team captain for the volleyball team during her senior season, Christianson helped the Bulldogs set a then-school record for wins in a season as they finished with a 37-3 record. She was invited to play in the 2008 Tri-State All-Star Tournament and was named a first-team all-conference selection by the North Iowa Conference as a junior and senior.
Christianson continued her volleyball career and education at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), where she was a two-year starter for the Trojans and a team captain as a sophomore. She graduated from NAICC in 2011 with an associate’s of arts and sciences degree.
After earning her degree from NIACC, Christianson went on to earn bachelor’s of arts degrees in marketing and management from Iowa State University in 2013.
Christianson began coaching a traveling team in high school. She has also coached multiple club teams in the spring during the last six years, including Mason City’s North Star team and the Lake Mills Volleyball Club.
Christianson is employed as a marketing supervisor at Waldorf. She and her fiancé, Michael, currently reside in Joice.