Elisa Joris | Assistant Coach
Elisa Joris joined the Western Illinois volleyball program as an assistant coach in March of 2019. She comes to Macomb from Southern Indiana where she was an assistant for four years.
"I’m super excited to be joining the Leathernecks family," Joris said. "Coach Staupe has great vision for where he is taking the volleyball program. His positive energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I can’t wait to be in the gym with the amazing group of young women in the program."
Joris played her first two collegiate seasons at Grand Valley State before transferring to Wayne State. As a senior in 2005, she was a member of the Daktronics All-America second team and was a AVCA All-America honorable mention. The achievements on the court helped her become a 2012 Wayne State Hall of Fame inductee.
"I am very excited to have Elisa Join our staff," head coach Ben Staupe said. "Her experiences as a head coach, an assistant coach and a hall of fame player will aid her in mentoring successful student athletes. Her recruiting and coaching connections will help in attracting more student athletes to the Leatherneck family. She is an outstanding communicator and competitor and will be an excellent role-model for our players, allowing her to make a significant impact not only in the gym but in all areas of their life."
The Walled Lake, Michigan native served as the head coach at Adrian College from 2008-2011, where she coached a second team MIAA All-Conference player in 2008 and 2010 before spending the 2012 season in an assistant role at Lake Superior State. At LSSU, Joris mentored a GLIAC Honorable Mention All-Conference player.
A year later, Joris went to Ohio Dominican to start a three-year assistant coaching stint where she helped lead the team to its first conference tournament appearance in school history since transitioning to Division II. On the Screaming Eagles staff at USI, she coached two Second Team All-GLIAC players in 2014 in addition to a 2015 second team GLVC All-Conference player, two Offensive Players of the Week and one Defensive Player of the Week.
Joris graduated with a bachelor of arts from Wayne State in 2008 before getting her master's in sport management from Ohio Dominican in 2015.
Courtney Wagner | Volunteer Assistant Coach
Courtney Wagner enters her first year as an assistant coach for the Leathernecks. Wagner comes from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where she played for four years under Leatherneck head coach Ben Staupe.
At UW- Whitewater, Wagner was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, two-time first team AVCA All-Midwest Region selection and made two appearances on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team. As a junior in 2016, she led the WIAC in blocks and ranked seventh in NCAA Division III with 145. As a senior, she ranked 15th in NCAA Division III in total blocks with 118 and 26th in blocks per set, knocking down 1.07 per set.
The DeKalb, Ill. native finished her career ranked third in the WIAC in hitting percentage (.287), fifth in points with 400 and sixth in kills (328 total kills/2.98 per set). Wagner wrapped up her time at UW-Whitewater ranked sixth in program history with 415 total blocks, 14th in hitting percentage, 17th in kills with 972 and 21st in matches with double-figure kills (38).
Wagner received her bachelor of science degree in physical education in 2018. She is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Taryn Marton | Graduate Assistant Coach
Marton enters her first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Leathernecks. She comes from Southwest Baptist College where she was a four year letter winner. In her time at Southwest Baptist, she earned an all-MIAA honorable mention selection.
Marton graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and is pursuing a master's in Kinesiology at Western Illinois.