Bill Schepel ’85 has been the head coach of the volleyball program for the past nine seasons. During his tenure he has built an impressive 259-123 record and has developed one of the top teams in the conference. Each season he has led the Trolls to the conference post-season tournament, including a tournament championship title in 2015 and in 2013 and runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. In addition the team won the regular season CCAC title in 2013 and shared the top honor in 2010.
In the 2015 season, Schepel, with 10 new players on his 14 member roster, captured the conference tournament title and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. They finished their season at 23-17 overall and 16-3 in the CCAC.
In 2014 Schepel directed the team to the title of NCCAA National Champions. In addition they posted a 38-10 overall record that season to tie the school season wins record. It was the fifth year in a row in which the Trolls recorded 30+ season wins.
Schepel has led the Trolls to the NAIA National Championship three times. They played in the opening round in 2015. In 2013 the team advanced to the final site and in 2010 they made school history with the program’s first NAIA National Championship appearance.
Schepel’s teams have been to the NCCAA National Championship for four seasons. In addition to the 2014 season’s first place finish, the team reached the final four in 2010 and was the national runner-up in 2011.
Schepel has been named the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year four times and was the NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2014. He has also earned CCAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013.
Prior to coming to Trinity, Schepel coached and taught for over 20 years at the high school level where he built an impressive resume. He spent six years as the head coach for the girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. His girls’ teams posted a record of 172-53-2 in those years, including four regional and two sectional titles, plus a state tournament appearance in 2003. Prior to Illiana, Schepel coached at Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois for 15 years, building an overall record of 289-173-10 and capturing four regional championships.
Schepel graduated from Trinity Christian College in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University (IN).
Schepel is the Athletics Director at the College. He also serves as the NCCAA North Central Region Coordinator and has been the region volleyball chair. He resides in Homewood, Illinois.
Gerard Weik joined the coaching staff in the 2014 season. He has a wealth of coaching experience at the collegiate and club levels. For ten years he was involved with the women’s and men’s volleyball programs at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. During his time with the Flyers their men’s team claimed a conference championship and Final Four appearance in 2012 and their women’s team earned regular season champion titles for six years and were tournament champions three times.
For the ten nine years Weik has been involved as a coach and assistant director for Celtic Force Volleyball. He was also been a part of Chicago Volleyball Club for four years. In addition he served two years as the boys’ volleyball coach at Lockport High School.
Weik is the facility manager at Palos Courts. He and his wife Lindsay reside in Alsip, Illinois.
Jim Butski, who is the head coach of the men’s volleyball program, serves as an assistant coach in the women’s program. Prior to joining the Trinity staff in 2015, Butski served as the head coach at Bluefield College in Virginia where he led the women’s team for two seasons and started their men’s program in the 2014-15 season.
Butski has been involved in coaching volleyball at the collegiate, high school, and club levels for the 15 years. In addition to his time at Bluefield, he coached the women’s volleyball team at Florida Christian College (now Johnson University-Florida) for three seasons. At the high school level, Butski coached at two different schools in Florida, leading one team to a state championship. From 2003-2011, Butski coached multiple club teams and has had four teams earn top ten finishes at the AAU/USAV Nationals. He has been heavily involved in camps and clinics for various age levels and has served as both an individual and team camp instructor and a camp director.
Butski graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in aquatic ecology and he earned his master’s degree in Adult Education/Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix, Online Program. He has served as a high school science teacher and also as a volunteer field guide and as a Missions Director for Going the Distance Adventure Ministry in Costa Rica. He currently resides in Lemont, Illinois.