Staff

Mark Noll

Boys 17U

Mark W. Noll will be entering his fifth year as a coach at WI Academy.

Mark is also entering his ninth season as UD Head Women’s Basketball Coach after earning the position on May 1, 2007. Noll, a native of Colfax, Wis. is a 2000 graduate of the University of Wisconsin ­Stout in Menomonie, Wis., where he also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for seven seasons. Noll has 18 years of coaching experience at all levels including collegiate, AAU, and youth levels. Noll guided the Spartans to their first­ ever regular season Iowa Conference title in 2014-­15 and the Spartans seventh IIAC Tournament bid in his first eight seasons as head coach. The Spartans set a school record for the most Iowa Conference wins in school history (11) this season (2014­15) and set the overall wins school record (20). Noll coached the Spartans to an IIAC tournament championship appearance in 2013 and has produced 12 All-­Iowa Conference selections (6 ­First Team, 6 Second Team, and 9 ­Honorable Mention).

Noll was also significant presence as the assistant coach for the UW­Stout women’s basketball program. He was a part of three consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) basketball championships, WIAC tournament championships, and two “Sweet 16” finishes in the NCAA Division III National Championships. The women’s team at Stout was been among the record attendance leaders in Division III during his tenure.

Mark Noll’s background also includes extensive experience as a personal instructor and club promoter for the Wisconsin Amateur Athletic Union from 1989-­2002. He assisted in every facet of running the nationally known Great Lakes Shootout Basketball Series. He coached AAU teams to the national level with numerous Top ­8 finishes at the National Championships and Junior Olympics.

He has coached over 100 players who went on to receive college scholarships, two Big Ten Freshman of the Year, two NCAA Kodak All­Americans, the top­ 3 all-­time leading scorers in high school for the state of Wisconsin, two USA Basketball Team members, and three WNBA players.

 

Brendan Armstrong

Boys 17U

Brendan Armstrong has been a coach with Wisconsin Academy for 3 years. Brendan was a 4-year Varsity starter at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado, and was on multiple All-Conference teams. He played 5 years of AAU basketball in both California (where he grew up) and Colorado. He decided to start coaching because of his love for the game and desire to see young players grow into their potential. He is passionate about players learning how to win as a team, and he tries to model his teams after professional programs like the Spurs and Warriors.

Marc Sherry

Boys 16U

Marc Sherry, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, PES is a physical therapist and performs research at the UW Health Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Clinic.  He graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physical Therapy Program in 1994.  He became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1996 and a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2000.  In 2007 he became a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Marc has given several invited presentations and lectures, including international lectures to professional teams in Spain and Australia.  He has also published articles nationally and internally on core strengthening and hamstring injuries.  Marc has also coached youth basketball for 9 years at the recreational, club and AAU level.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.  Marc’s Sport Foundations company (www.sportfoundations.net)  provides basketball training, sport camps and performance programs for youth, high school, college and professional athletes.

He has 2 sons that attend Verona schools.

Quotes:

  • Your decisions reveal your priorities.
  • Are the habits you have today consistent with the dreams and desires you have for tomorrow?
  • It’s hard to beat relentless.

Charlie Olson

BOYS 15U

This is Charlie Olson’s third year with Wisconsin Academy. He is very passionate about coaching young players and focuses on the skill development of each player in an atmosphere of positive reinforcement. Player growth in the areas of basketball skills, discipline, respect, and character are foundations of his coaching approach.

He played point guard at Madison West High School and helped the team reach the WIAA State Tournament. While a student at UW-­Madison, Charlie played on the UW baseball team as a catcher. Sports was a family tradition in the Olson household as his father Harold “Howdy” Olson was a well-­known basketball referee, baseball umpire, and football referee for 25 years in the state of Wisconsin. Charlie has been coaching youth basketball and baseball for many years.

Charlie is an Honors graduate from UW-­Madison Business School. After a long career at CUNA Mutual Group, he now works for the State of Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as the leader of their Business Intelligence area.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, golf, and collecting sports memorabilia. Charlie resides in Verona with his wife Ann and two children, Amanda and Corey.

 

Jim Deischer

BOYS 14U

Jim has been a coach at WI Academy for the past 6 years coaching 9U-14U teams. Jim has coached basketball, football, and baseball teams for Verona youth sports. He is most passionate about basketball and loves to help youth athletes develop both the physical and mental aspects of the game. His coaching philosophy centers around RED: Respect, Effort, and Discipline, as well as just having FUN enjoying the game. He is proud to have his son be a part of the WI Academy family.

Jim has spent most of his professional career in Accounting and Finance. He spent 18 years at Epic as their Director of Accounting followed by a CFO role for a small business in McFarland. He currently is an Executive Vice President of Finance for Nordic, a healthcare consulting firm located in Madison, WI with approximately 1,000 employees. Nordic is focused on strategy, technology, operations and managed services that result in a stronger healthcare business with better patient outcomes. In addition, Jim is co-­owner of Sports Advantedge with Brian Bott, former strength coach for the UW football team. Sports Advantedge is located in Verona WI and offers elite sports performance training for athletes ranging from youth to professional. Sports Advantage also offers an elite baseball program with its Edge Baseball Academy.

 

Marc Sherry

Boys 13U

Marc Sherry, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS, PES is a physical therapist and performs research at the UW Health Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Clinic.  He graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physical Therapy Program in 1994.  He became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1996 and a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2000.  In 2007 he became a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Marc has given several invited presentations and lectures, including international lectures to professional teams in Spain and Australia.  He has also published articles nationally and internally on core strengthening and hamstring injuries.  Marc has also coached youth basketball for 9 years at the recreational, club and AAU level.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.  Marc’s Sport Foundations company (www.sportfoundations.net)  provides basketball training, sport camps and performance programs for youth, high school, college and professional athletes.

He has 2 sons that attend Verona schools.

Quotes:

  • Your decisions reveal your priorities.
  • Are the habits you have today consistent with the dreams and desires you have for tomorrow?
  • It’s hard to beat relentless.