Head Coach Julie Schroeder-Ranz
Coach Schroeder Ranz is in her first season as the Skyhawks head coach. She brings 17 years of varsity coaching experience in the high school ranks, as well as over 28 years of overall basketball coaching experience to the program. After graduating from Monmouth College and participating in three sports in her college career, she continued to bring that love of athletics to her teaching tenure by coaching many sports.
While coaching varsity basketball in high school, she has won over 275 games. Her teams have won 4 conference championships, 3 regional championships and twice she led her team to the Sweet 16 in the state of Illinois. Coach Schroeder Ranz was recognized as coach of the year for her region by the IBCA in two different seasons.
She is very excited about the challenges coaching in college bring and is looking forward to building the Skyhawk program. “I have always been intrigued by what coaching in college would be like and I am ecstatic about the opportunity to coach the Skyhawks. I hope to bring the women’s basketball program to the level the other Sauk teams are achieving. I am equally excited to mentor these young women and watch them grow.”
Coach Schroeder Ranz currently teaches at Sterling High School as the Alternative School Instructor and resides in Sterling with her husband Ted.
Assistant Coach, Kiley Johnson, enters her first season with the Skyhawks. Johnson has spent the last 12 years coaching basketball at various levels and coaches middle school volleyball. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Johnson played basketball for four years, making an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2006. She also participated in two overseas tours with USA Athletes International.
“I am extremely grateful and excited to be a part of the Skyhawks program” Johnson said. “I started my coaching career under Coach Schroeder Ranz at the High School level and look forward to furthering my knowledge at the next level.”
Coach Johnson is a Pediatric Therapist in Early Intervention.