Paul Meyer enters his eighth season as the head volleyball coach at Waldorf University.
During the 2014 season, Meyer led the Warriors to a 17-24 record and a fourth-place finish in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) with a 5-3 league mark. Waldorf reached the MCAC tournament quarterfinals. The Warriors finished the season strong, winning 12 of the final 17 matches.
Under Meyer’s leadership, Waldorf recorded back-to-back third-place finishes in the 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 in 2008, Meyer spent 19 years as a high school coach in Minnesota. During his high school coaching career, Meyer accumulated more than 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 second-place finish at the Minnesota state tournament, he moved on and started his head coaching career at Alden-Conger (1993), Albert Lea (1994-1997), Luverne (1998), New Ulm (1999-2000), and finished his high school coaching career at Sauk Rapids-Rice (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 coaches' 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 more than 150 camps 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.
Katie Rueffer enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Waldorf University 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.
Carly Wehling begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Waldorf University volleyball team.
A native of Readlyn, Wehling graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 2010. She went on to play volleyball at Indian Hills Community College and was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Region XI First Team.
Wehling continued her education and athletic career, playing NCAA Division II volleyball at West Alabama University. She was a first-team all-Gulf South Conference (GSC) selection in 2013. She graduated in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a sports management emphasis.
Wehling coached club volleyball in Alabama the past two years. She served as an assistant coach for the Club Crimson 16-2 team in 2014 and was named head coach of Club Crimson’s 16-1 team in 2015.
During the 2014 season, Wehling took over as head coach of Southern Academy’s volleyball team in Greensboro, Ala. The Cougars’ varsity team placed eighth in the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Class 1A state tournament and the junior varsity squad took third.
Wehling resides in Forest City and is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in organizational leadership at Waldorf with a concentration in sports management.