Vogel takes over girls volleyball program

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Rob Reischel

Maddie Vogel grew up trying to beat Middleton in volleyball.

Now, she’ll try helping the Cardinals’ program recapture their past glory.

Vogel was recently hired as Middleton’s girls volleyball coach. Vogel, who coached the Cardinals’ JV team last year, replaces Franco Marcos — who stepped down at the end of the 2019 season.

“I could not be more excited,” Vogel said. “As the JV coach last year I was able to get to know the team, and I feel so fortunate for the continued opportunity to work with them again. It’s a fantastic group of girls both on and off the court.”

Vogel played at Capital Volleyball Academy in both middle and high school. Vogel attended Verona High School, where she was a two-time all-Big Eight Conference performer and helped the Wildcats reach the WIAA Division 1 state tournament during her sophomore season in 2011.

Vogel coached the freshmen at Madison Edgewood High School in 2016 and spent three seasons in that role. She became Middleton’s JV coach in 2019 and will now be the face of the Cardinals’ program.

“As a coach, my two biggest priorities are to build mental resiliency and a strong work ethic,” said Vogel, who also coaches at Capital Volleyball Academy. “Fostering failure is crucial. It is important to me that my players are comfortable making mistakes and using those mistakes to grow rather than being scared to mess up.

“By building a strong mindset going into the season I hope to increase overall confidence and give my team the belief that we are on equal footing with any other team in the Big Eight. I also hope to construct a strong work ethic across the entire program.

“Players that do the little things right, especially when points aren’t on the line, will be far more successful in the long run. Maintaining high expectations across the board, whether it be in games or at summer conditioning, will help push the program back to the top.”

Middleton certainly had a terrific run under Marcos.

During his 23 seasons at Middleton, Marcos compiled a 608-300-13 record. Marcos also led the Cardinals to state tournament four times, the last coming in 2009.

Middleton won 11 Big Eight Conference championships under Marcos. And between 2005-’09, the Cardinals won 60 consecutive conference matches.

Vogel played for Marcos at Capital when she was 13 years old, then worked on his staff last year. While Vogel has always been impressed with Marcos’ résumé, she wants to put her own spin on things.

“I have learned a ton from (Marcos) as both a coach and player over the years,” Vogel said. “With that being said, I am looking forward to shaking things up a bit.

“One thing I hope to do is implement more of a community feel across the program. With such a large program it can be difficult to have a family feel, but I believe that finding ways to do so is extremely valuable in terms of creating consistency over the years.

“I hope to create a discernible presence in the community for the volleyball program to create maximum engagement once players reach high school. Like I said, community building is a priority for me and I hope to find a variety of ways to increase youth participation in volleyball. Having such a large student body means a yearly influx of new talent and I am excited to find ways to maximize that potential.”

And help make the Cardinals a power once again.

 

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