Lakeville North head coach Jackie Richter is in her sixth season at the helm of the Panther program, having taken the reins in 2014.
Richter was named the Section 1AAA coach of the year in 2017, for the second consecutive season, before earning Class AAA state coach of the year honors for leading the Panthers to the state championship.
Following a 21-10 season in 2016, the sixth 20-win season of her high school coaching career, Richter was named the Section 1AAA Coach of the Year.
She earned her coaching license while attending the University of Minnesota and began her high school coaching career immediately after graduation, taking over at Minneapolis Southwest in 2004, where she posted a winning record in each of her 10 seasons, including five 20-win seasons, while compiling a record of 190-87.
Richter then came to Lakeville North, which had won its second Class AAA state title in three years two seasons before her arrival but was beginning a rebuilding process.
In 2008, she joined the Mizuno Northern Lights coaching staff. She led her teams to a pair of AAU national championships (2009, 2011) a national runner-up finish (2012), a Denver Crossroads Qualifier Championship (2011), two Northern Lights Qualifier championships (2015 and 2016) and the clubs only international championship (2012) in Falconara, Italy.
A native of Rice Lake, Wis., Richter graduated from Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in French studies in 2004 and a master’s of education in kinesiology in 2006.
She competed in rowing for four years, earning team co-Most Valuable Rower and Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. Richter was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time Big Ten Boat of the Week honoree.
She and her husband, Chad, are the parents of three children; sons Tori, 11, and Riley, 6, and daughter, Josie, 9; and are expecting a fourth child in October.
Richter and her family, along with their dog, Alex, reside in Eagan.
A 2008 graduate of Lakeville North, Taylor Hall is in her sixth season at her alma mater as a varsity assistant coach.
The Section 1AAA assistant coach of the year in both 2016 and 2017, Hall was named the state Class AAA assistant coach of the year in 2017 as the Panthers won their third state title.
A four-time national champion at Concordia-St. Paul, Hall was a defensive specialist/libero, setting a school record for career serve reception percentage (.967) while becoming the 11th player in school history to record 1,000 career digs.She was a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Academic First Team pick and earned Northern Sun Conference All-Academic honors three times.
As a Panther, she was a four-time volleyball letter winner and a member of four consecutive Lake Conference championship teams, making four Class AAA state tournament appearances, which included a pair of runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes. An all-conference and academic all-conference honoree, Hall earned a spot on the 2007 State All-Tournament team and, in 2008, earned first-team St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro honors and Minneapolis Star Tribune second-team All-Metro honors.
In addition to an outstanding playing career, she has coached the Lakeville North Juniors and the Mizuno Northern Lights volleyball clubs for a combined eight seasons, and has won two national championships.
Hall graduated from Concordia in 2012 with a major in criminal justice and a minor in political science. She is an Investigator/Senior Administrative Assistant in the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation for Hennepin County, and with her husband, Ty, who played baseball at Concordia, have two children, Hudson, 4, and Hunter, 2. The family resides in Farmington, Minn.
Dave Laufenburger is in his second season with the Lakeville North staff, taking on a new role as a varsity/JV assistant coach after leading the junior varsity squad last season.
He is no stranger to high school volleyball or the South Suburban Conference, having coached at all levels of high school, including three seasons as the head coach at Eastview.
His coaching career began in 1999 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he played club volleyball.
In his 21st year of teaching match, and fourth in ISD 194, Laufenburger and his wife, Kim, have lived in Lakeville for 19 years and have three children.
Beginning her fourth season as a member of the Panther coaching staff is Megan Williams, who is in her second season as the junior varsity coach after two seasons as the program’s 9B coach.
Williams is a graduate of Eagan high school and played six seasons of club volleyball, including three with North Lights, where she has served as a coach for 11 seasons.
Williams has served as an assistant varsity coach at both East Ridge and Eastview High Schools as well.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Williams is in her fourth year teaching at Lake Marion Elementary School in Lakeville.
Brooke Swenson, a 2009 Lakeville North graduate is joining the Panther coaching staff this year.
Starting volleyball as a freshman in the Panther program, she ended her career with two volleyball letters and was a member of the 2007 Lake Conference Championship team, making the Class AAA state tournament where her team took third place. Throughout high school, she played club volleyball for Northern Lights, taking second place at nationals (2006) and Minnesota One.
Swenson attended Augustana University, where she played four years as a Middle Blocker/Right Side Hitter. As a freshman, she started her coaching career and in her 9 years of coaching so far, she has experience with 12’s-18 from a local to JO level. Most recently, she has been a part of the Lakeville North Juniors program as the 12 Black’s assistant coach with head coach Jackie Richter.
Swenson graduated college in 2013 with a double major in Business and Sports Marketing. She currently works in marketing at Post Cereals and with her husband; Charles has lived in Bloomington for one year.
New to the Lakeville North staff this season, but no stranger to Lakeville volleyball, is Bonnie Sperbeck, who takes over the reigns of the 9A team for 2019.
She has coached at Lakeville schools since 1994 and has coached juniors since 1990. She is in her ninth season at the 13-1 coach for Mizuno Northern Lights.
A graduate of Mayer Lutheran, where she led her team to a Class A state title as a senior in 1982, she returned to her alma mater in 1989, spending six seasons as the varsity head coach.
Sperbeck played collegiately for four seasons at Mankato State University (Minnesota State, Mankato), where she helped the Mavericks to a then-school record 25 wins in 1985.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education, with minors in health and developmental adaptive PE in 1987 before attaining a master's degree in health education from MSU.
Sperbeck is married with two daughters, Sarah and Anna, both of whom attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. She has been a PE teacher for the past 29 years and currently works at Kenwood Terrace Middle School, where she teaches sixth and seventh grade PE.
After a four-year hiatus from the Lakeville North staff (2014-17), Brett Johnson is back for his second season as the program's 9B coach.
He also coached at Minnetonka High School in 1994 and 1995 and is a co-head coach for the Panthers boys’ club team.
A graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in business and accounting from the University of Minnesota in 1988.
His interest in volleyball began while playing intramurals at Minnesota when he played in Korea and watched the 1988 Olympic team win a gold medal.
Outside volleyball, Johnson is a senior realtor for Edina Realty.